Holiday Beliefs and Experiences

I have always been fascinated with the concept of Christmas, the debates over it, and the morphing process it has endured over the years.  In the end it doesn’t matter if you believe (or don’t believe) in Santa, Jesus, the Festival of Lights, or any other concept this time of year.  And it doesn’t matter what everyone else believes.  What matters is you hold close to your heart good and healthy experiences.

I see a variety of situations this time of year, some of which make me shake my head and cringe, chuckling at the humor behind them and the waste of simple and good energy.  Some are just downright beautiful.  I see frustrated and broke people lining up in front of Best Buy at two in the morning.  I see beautiful smiles on kids swelling with joy and getting really excited for the big day.  I see tense drivers honking, backed up in traffic trying to get to the mall.  I see happy grandmothers cleaning and preparing for the day their family will gather around in love.  I see beautiful kindergarteners cutting out snow flakes and believing, writing to the big man up north.  I see fundamentalists screaming out, wishing they were the only ones in this great big melting pot.  I see babies eyes sparkle at all the twinkling lights that decorate this country. (I think the last one is probably the coolest).

So what am I curious about?  I’m curious to see if you can get through a holiday season seeing it for what it really is… a time to step out of your day-to-day roles and love those around you. Hold your loved ones, remind them how important they are to you, and don’t forget to love thy neighbor!  Feel the joy that is all of us.

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