The Meaning of Christmas, and A Merry Christmas to All
Merry Christmas, not, 'Happy Holidays', or 'Happy Break from Work and sleep till noon'.
A Merry, 'Love thy Neighbour as thyself' Day that serves as a resolution for the countdown to the next Christmas that might, hence, make that a day where we celebrate our being a living illustration of that Ideal.It's a celebration of an Ideal, as espoused in Christ's 13th Commandment, 'Love thy Neighbour as thyself'. It's a celebration of the birthday of the one who was born out of, and for, Love, for humanity, with empathy, and with humility - which makes it just about one of the most significant of Socialist statements in human history. It matters not whether you believe He is the 'Son of God', or 'just a Prophet', or 'just a bloke'. It matters not if you believe that it was an Immaculate Conception, or if God exists, of if the birth of Christ was on the 25th of December or January the 6th. What matters, as I stated, is the Ideal.
That's what Christmas is all about, not just a celebration of the birth of this 'bloke', but an appreciation of the Ideal, and in our appreciation of it, so long as it is not drowned out by too much booze and partying, an internalisation of it that mightst turn the rest of the days of the year into mini Christmases.
It is not a day of compensation, where we make up for our self-interested behaviour throughout the year by tossing a shop-wrapped present beneath the tree of another, and hence, purchasing another year's of the other tolerating our self-interested behaviour and vice versa. It is a day of resolution, where, in our gift-giving, we resolve to make it the first of many presents for the rest of the year in our thoughts, words, and deeds to those we can hence truly view ourselves as friends off.....in love, humanity, empathy, and with humility, and as a stepping stone, to exhibiting it towards all humanity regardless of illusory borders of race, culture, nationality, gender, age, and et cetera.
So, with that thought in mind, I wish all a Merry Christmas. A Merry, 'Love thy Neighbour as thyself' Day that serves as a resolution for the countdown to the next Christmas that might, hence, make that a day where we celebrate our being a living illustration of that Ideal.