It is the time of year when retailers sink or swim, love is expressed or regretted and affection is only as strong as the owner’s dollar can bear. Once sacred, commercialism has robbed a noble holiday of its purity. But what is purity? Maybe Christmas isn’t so pure after all and its diminishing sacredity is no more than a hint of its true sour origins. Is it more pagan than Christian or is it like so many other things— whitewashed beyond recognition and steeped in political correctness.
But what of the good tidings and peace on earth wishes…. Remember when you were a child and your mother told you to say thank you with the person standing there watching and listening to you being told to say thank you. Did it feel empty then? Was it more embarrassing than grateful? Did it have any meaning when forced? Are we by nature ungrateful? Clearly wars are not on the decrease and the violence and corruption of man are not waning; but waxing!
The upside of Christmas or Americanism: At least with an official holiday, we can be prompted to pause and be grateful. Without such prompting, we would be buried in our to-do lists and agendas and running without being chased. The rat-race would have claimed more victims and life would be grim without some good cheer to be spread. Perhaps the holidays save us from being our self-absorbed selves even if its for selfish reasons we are generous.