To me Christmas means, “Peace, goodwill to all men.” It is a celebration that Christians every where celebrate on 25th December every year.
However, I think this message should apply to all faiths everywhere, after all many of us are born into the religion of our culture and few of us stray from what we know or taught.
The fact is, we’re all human beings and our desires are much the same as anybody else, no matter what our faith happens to be, after all faith is a personal thing.
Basically we all want to do no wrong and try to do the right thing by everybody but alas as history has shown us. – Humanity is far from perfect, it’s frail and it makes mistakes.
Many of us have lived through wars, been aware of massacres and killings of the innocent and most of us ask the same question – “Why!” – Particularly recently, in view of the tragic occurrence and murder of twenty innocent children and their teachers at school in America, all between the age of six and eight, all shot to death by a madman which I’m sure has put a damper on everybody worldwide. Particularly as it is Christmastime. – We all feel sick at heart.
I don’t have the answer to the question “Why?” – All I understand is that we are human and many terrible mistakes have been made because of our lack of understanding or willingness to treat our neighbours as we would ourselves. To nurture instead of destroy. The human psyche has yet to be unraveled and understood completely.
Madness is rarely understood but even the sane need to answer a lot of questions in regards to the reasons why they do certain things and their lack of action in rectifying wrong doing. – No one really has an answer.
Personally, I love Christmas. I keep it simple and I keep it nice. It’s a family occasion which often invites friends and relatives to join in. I steer well away from the commercialisation of Christmas as I think it taints the real meaning of Christmas somehow.
I just love the smell of Christmas cooking. I enjoy setting an inviting table and really have a lot of fun watching everybody open their gifts be they big, small or even a gift given in jest. – But most of all, having a family around us to enjoy and share things with. This is our greatest treasure.
We should give for the sake of wanting to give and according to our means, but not as an expectation. We should receive with graciousness and not with disappointment. – But most of all, I think we should share this occasion with the less fortunate, such as families in crisis, those that are very sick in hospital or with those that are all alone in the world. – It’s really not so very hard to do. – To my mind, this is the true meaning of giving.
Here’s wishing everybody a lovely Christmas as I’m sure we are all offering a special prayer for those that have lost love ones this year, particularly to families of the little school children and their courageous teachers that died so tragically in America just a few days ago.
God Bless and all the best for the New Year and always.