“There are a great many things from which I might have derived ‘good’ from which I have not profited, I daresay, Christmas among the rest. I’ve always thought of Christmastime, when it comes round, as a good time. A kindly, forgiving, charitable time. A time when men and women seem, by one consent, to open their shut-up hearts freely to their fellow creatures. And so, Uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver into my pocket, I do believe that it has done me good. And I say, God bless it.”
– Fred Hollywell, A Christmas Carol
I really can’t put it any better than that, ya know?
Most of my favorite Christmas movies have a running theme of anti-commercialism, of being satisfied with the true joys of love, charity, and family. That is a message we are always in need of, throughout the year, but especially for Christmas which, in all the hustle and bustle, we can sometimes forget what the holiday we are celebrating is really all about.
Sometimes we do remember, and it’s a standing date and season for giving, for helping those in need, for showing every single person that they matter to someone, for showing that the magic of dreams is real, and for forgiving those with whom we have quarreled. It’s a magnificent time, a happy ending to a year often fraught with misfortune.
So while I would like for everyone to gain the material things they desire, the presents they want so much, what I truly hope for is for this season to do us all some good, some real good, within our hearts. It’s done me that good, very much so, every year. That’s what Christmas means to me.
God bless this holiday, and God bless all of you! 🙂
Merry Christmas! 😀