Christmas is almost upon us, the season is bringing us happiness and good cheer from most people we meet. As with all things there are nay sayers and poo poo’ers, but thankfully they are few. “Tis the season to be jolly”, to wish your neighbour well and find blessings in friendships and loved ones. Much like Thanksgiving it is a holiday that should carry optimism and good will.
It is a season I personally struggle with most years, not for any philosophical or religious reasons nor because I enjoy being a Scrooge, but because I think we as a society have drifted from the original intent. That purpose is the celebration of a Saviors birth, a sharing of gifts for the sake of sharing, not because we feel compelled to buy, buy, buy. Certainly as a nation we cannot continue to support the “buy at all costs” credo, we are digging a hole we are not likely to ever get out of, and how much stuff do we really need? It is for those reasons I find the holiday a challenge, and perhaps there’s a bit of $croogness in there somewhere too.
So I will try to moderate my ways and on a personal level try to become more in tune with the real Christmas. I will continue to share good tidings, and the sharing of gifts, and I will count my blessings that I live in a country that allows me to do so. Regardless of your belief I think we can all share in the concept that if we are good to each other the world will be a better place for it.