There’s something in the air that can make this time of year something special, but I can’t help but also feel another, much more contradictory and morose aura creeping up that is counter productive and cheapens the season. I’m not going to preach about God and his place in society or people’s lives but rather snarky individuals that now apparently feel lonely and want to exemplify the old cliché of “misery loves company.”
Regardless of whatever religious you the reader have, the Christmas season is something magical. The purpose of the season is to celebrate peace on Earth and good will towards our fellow man. Yes, Christmas has roots from both pagan and Christian traditions but I think everyone can get behind the other traditions, even if they’re secular.
We tell children stories of a man going around the world and giving gifts to all of the world’s good boys and girls. He comes through chimneys, rides in a sleigh pulled by 8 reindeer and sometimes one with a red nose. There are other tales that people will always return to including a second chance to be a good person, the miracle of faith and the belief in something greater than one’s self, and my personal favorite, the tale of a helping your fellow man and doing the right thing does make an impact. If not one of those stories makes you feel the slightest twinge in your heart than I truly feel sorry for you. (“A Christmas Carol”, “Miracle on 34th St.”, “It’s A Wonderful Life”)
Christmas is a time of great joy. To where the simplest gesture of charity reminds us all that people doing the right thing for those in need is in itself its own reward. If you’re alone or without a faith, do something good for someone who needs it. Help at a soup kitchen, buy a homeless person a sandwich, or do something good for someone that could need it. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it comes from the heart.
Wishing for peace on Earth and having good will towards your fellow man is basically “The Golden Rule” and we have to remember that this is how a fulfilling life can be lived. When you do something that helps someone out, you feel good about yourself and there’s a certain peace and dignity in that action.
There’s no right or wrong way to celebrate the season but to poison the spirit of giving and good will is an absolute wrong, especially when it’s done for selfish and disparaging motivations.
People have an unlimited potential for good; and that’s something that is regardless of political views, race, or religion. Giving according to one’s means is short sighted and I believe an action done without the righteous or correct motivation might as well not be undertaken. When a person does a good deed for that sake, that deed embodies the essence of the Christmas spirit. Give because you want to give, not because you see a neighbor and want to impress them, or because it’s good workplace politics. The act of charity is from the heart and good will is the purest form of compassion.
This is the one time of year where people can and do put others first. Giving from the heart is the gift that matters, even if you’re a Scrooge. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and remember Mr. Bailey; no man is poor when he has friends. I really don’t think that’s too much to ask.