Posted by: Elizabeth Turrentine | December 21, 2014

What is Christmas?

The hustle and bustle of Christmas is upon us. This means something different to each person of the Christian persuasion. Many are delighted to put their creativity to work, cooking, baking, and/or decorating their home inside and out. Others go for the joyous party atmosphere that accompanies the season.  Some  express their generous nature by donating time, money, and energy to philanthropic endeavors. Religious and secular music plays a big role in the holiday “Spirit.” And then there is the shopping, a joy, or a headache, or both. But hardly anyone lets the holidays go by without bemoaning the commercialism . . .

Years ago  during my university days, Sam was a friend that some of us hung out with quite a lot. He was a well rounded guy: being a minister’s son,  quite a  philosopher, a science major, and had a great sense of humor. People loved being around him.

The Christmas holidays were approaching. Everyone was talking about their plans. Sam hadn’t said anything about what he would be doing. When someone asked him, I wasn’t ready for his reply. Every year to this day, when Christmas time rolls around, it rings in my ears.

He said,”I don’t celebrate Christmas.”

I couldn’t comprehend how he could say such a thing. He had deep religious beliefs.  “What do you mean, you don’t celebrate Christmas?” we all cried almost in unison.

He shrugged in an off hand way, and said, “I figure if you don’t keep it every day, why do it on one ‘special’ day?”

Give some thought to your feelings about this enormous subject. . .

Perhaps Sam had a point. Isn’t Christmas about extending LoveEvery day, not just one day?

 

 

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