- Holidays and Celebrations
The Feeling of Christmas Spirit
Not long ago, I decided to research the history of Christmas. Whatever possessed me to do this I do not know unless Scrooge was lurking around. To be honest, I wish I had not read it because it is very disturbing, it brought tears to my eyes. I do not recommend reading it. After thinking about it for a while, I realized, this is not my Christmas they are talking about. How could something so beautiful start out so badly?
Then it came to me, like a jolt of lightening. The good in people is what made Christmas evolve into the holiday it is today. Christmas does not live in the shadow of its history. It evolved into a holiday of joy, peace and love.
During the Christmas season, people are walking around smiling, spreading good cheer; making donations of time and money and of course, buying presents. A time when even the most self-centered of us thinks of their loved ones and sharing with others less fortunate. I especially like the good cheer part, strangers in passing saying Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays with big smiles on their faces.
The decorations, my gosh, I could talk about those for hours. Just when you think you have seen it all out pops something new that everyone has got to have. Every year the outdoor decorations get more interesting; what is more fun than driving around at night checking out the Christmas lights, still a kid a heart I guess. I noticed the last few Christmas seasons, that there are vehicles on the road decorated with wreaths, and bows, Christmas parade everywhere.
I think the fact that the Christmas season has backed up to the day after Thanksgiving is proof that people want to start feeling the joy of Christmas as soon as they can. It’s not all about the good deals on Black Friday. It's more about the feeling. You know what? I think they ought to change that awful name of "Black Friday" to something more positive like," Jingle Bell Friday. "
How many of you have walked into a Christmas store earlier in the year just to experience the feeling you get from looking at the decorated Christmas trees and Christmas knickknacks? Of course we use the excuse that we just want to see what is new for this season. The moment you walk in and see all the glitter, your heart starts pumping and you are filled with childlike excitement. Wow, what a great feeling; I linger there for hours just looking and when I leave, I feel refreshed.
What do we call having an open heart, a cheerful disposition and the desire to make others happy? It is called, "Christmas Spirit." When Christ was on Earth, that is the way he lived his life. Now we all get a piece of this as we approach his Birthday. On December 25th, let us take a few minutes to share our gratitude for his sacrifice, and wish him a Happy Birthday.
Merry Christmas :-}