Christmas Thoughts

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day has been, for me and many of the  people that I know, The Christmas Season. This is the way that it has been for as long as I can remember, and that’s a very long time. Christmas has become a secular holiday for all to celebrate, no matter what you call it. It is a time for reflection of the past year, a time to show good will and love to your fellow citizens, and most of all, a time for children to wait in anticipation of the DAY. It is the time of selflessness and giving. There has always been a special feeling in the air, no matter what you believe. There are gatherings and parties all over the world in celebration. You don’t have to be a Christian to enjoy the warm feelings associated with the holiday.
I see a lot posts on the internet and signs on the street that say ‘Let’s Keep Christ In Christmas’. This is fine for those who worship Jesus Christ and all that his birth signifies; but we should not exclude those in the world who worship God in other ways and do not believe that Jesus was the Messiah. We should not exclude those who feel that there is no such thing as a God. We can still embrace the warm feeling of brotherhood that the Christmas Holiday has come to stand for. I worked for a Jewish boss back in the mid-‘70s, and no one enjoyed the spirit of the holiday more than he. He threw us a big Christmas bash, and gave everyone a nice bonus, considering that we were in the middle of a horrible recession. He was a tough boss for the rest of the year, but during the Christmas season, he was a real softy.In recent years, there has been a tendency to be politically correct by businesses. They won’t say “Merry Christmas”, for fear of offending someone. There are controversies about having a Creche and a Menorah on public property. How incredibly petty it is to complain about such things. There is nothing in the constitution about this. Putting out decorations is not establishing a State Religion. It just really got silly for a time there but, thankfully, the pendulum seems to be swinging back towards a more reasonable point of view.
I want to take this moment in time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas Season, no matter what your religious views. May all the joys and good will of the season bring us all happiness, understanding, and tolerance of each other. May the New Year begin to finally bring us peace.

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