Once upon a time, I was not the reincarnation of the Grinch that stole Christmas. In fact, I was the polar opposite of the Grinch. I enjoyed Christmas. Gifts were given, there was more food than two armies could eat, and my family enjoyed being around each other. My how things have progressed.
Christmas once stood for peace, hope, and goodwill toward all mankind. It was a time of togetherness and forgiveness. In our frantic society today, no one has time for togetherness. We huddle in the same room over our electronic devices and play the quiet game. The only time that we utter a complete sentence to each other is if the internet slows down due to high traffic. Can you reset the modem?
Christmas today is a race to acquire the newest device, to give the most expensive gifts, and to show up Aunt Susie or Uncle Johnny. In no sense do we even consider being a better human being. Showing compassion in our society is a weakness. God forbid, that we show compassion to those less fortunate than ourselves. To give food to an individual standing out in the cold hoping for some bit of charity is below us. They’re looking for a handout! Sure, some of them are. Begging has become a lucrative career for some. Also, we have become to desensitized to care for our fellow man.
In our maddening rush to have it all, to one-up family and friends, we have lost the meaning of Christmas. It has just become another day. We rush through life with no time to remember the reason for this season. God forbid we slow down enough to remember that life is not about making the next buck, or to relax. Christmas should be a time to rekindle our love of family. To be thankful for salvation and that we have not hope only in this life.
It is my wish that this holiday season is filled with beautiful and wonderful things that you all richly deserve. Drink the hot chocolate, eat the cookies first, and take time to find peace. God bless you all.
P.S. I know that many people work with the homeless and donate clothes so that they can stay warm during the cold winter air. At no time was this blog aimed at anyone person. It is just observations of yours truly. Thanks for reading!