Merry Christmas! Let it be a celebration of love
I know it’s politically correct to say “Seasons Greetings, ” but I’ve never been known to be politically correct and don’t intend to start now. It’s Christmas. I say Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends, and no one is offended. So Merry Christmas! If that offends you, so be it.
This year things are a little different, thanks to the coronavirus, but, it’s still time to pause and reflect on life and the gifts we’ve been given. I don’t mean just those under the Christmas tree, but the gifts of love, kindness, respect, and more that have been given to us throughout the year.
It’s a time to remember and help those who have lost so much—jobs, homes, family members—because of the Pandemic and a time to reflect on the unselfish giving of all those health care workers who have worked so hard to save lives. They are a special gift to all of us.
Merry is a happy word
“Merry” isn’t a word we use much any more, just as the word “gay” is no longer used as an adjective to describe a happy state. The word merry describes Christmas so well. It’s a happy word for a happy time—a time of giving and receiving; a time when the family gathers, sometimes happily, sometimes not so much.
This is a time the children of all faiths wait for from year to year with wishes and hope of receiving that particular thing that makes them soooooo happy. They count the days and dream dreams of toys they hope to find under the tree.
For some Christmas has lost its meaning in commercialization. For others, it’s lost its joy because times are hard and ends don’t meet. The loss of loved ones has left some feeling alone and lonely. Some just don’t believe in it and want nothing to do with its festiveness.
But it really isn’t about getting and giving stuff. It’s about giving and getting love.
A time of joy
Regardless of your circumstances or whether or not you believe in the message of Christmas, Christmas can still be a time of joy. It can be a celebration of love. Not like Valentine’s day with its cards and candy and superficial sentiments, but sincere love, real love.:
The kind of love that says, “I’m always here for you” and proves it over the years.
Love that looks beyond the exterior and says to your soul, “You are beautiful, and I love you.”
The love that reaches out to the elderly and the children with kindness and brings laughter to places where there has been none.
Love that digs deep into a pocket that has little but still shares with someone else in need.
Love that goes to a homeless shelter or a nursing home to serve, not just on Christmas, but throughout the year.
Seek and find
These things exist. Really. It’s a matter of seeking and finding. Take time to look for it. Sometimes we find it in the most unlikely places. And if you can’t find it, become it. Showing love and kindness to even one person can have a ripple effect that none of us can imagine.
Christmas is a celebration of “For God so loved the world . . .”
That love bridges all gaps and levels all playing fields.
Open your arms to receive that kind of love and open your heart to give that kind of love.