The Contest of Christmas

love Christmas.

It is easily my favorite holiday ever. It inspires so much hope, everyone becomes so much closer to each other, and family comes together for Christmas.

But, let’s be real: we’re also celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

I don’t care whether you’re religious or not. I am, but that’s not the point. The point is, Jesus of Nazareth was a real person. It’s been proven. And the origin of Christmas is the celebration of his birth.

Those are just the facts for you.

But it feels more and more as if Christmas is just becoming one big contest. There’s still the good ol’ fashioned concepts of joy, peace, love, hope, and generosity. But there’s also some not-so-good things.

The stores are all competing. They offer to sell you joy. Last I checked … that’s not how joy works.

There are all sorts of contests about to win prizes around Christmastime. “Just enter in this code to win a free cruise for the holidays!” “If you hire us to put up your Christmas Lights, you could be eligible for a trip to France over Christmas!”

It’s ridiculous, I think. What more do you need for Christmas than friends, family, and a nice crackling fire?

I mean, I understand the thrill of gift-giving and recieving. I most certainly take part in that, and I enjoy it a lot. But I don’t think it’s right when that’s all we think about in Christmas.

Personally, I try to be very thoughtful in the gifts I give. They’re more than just a Christmas obligation; they’re something from my heart to the people I love. It’s a symbol, not just a material object. And I think the people I give gifts to understand that. I hope so, anyway.

We need, not to sound cliche, to bring the real point of Christmas back home. Love. Whether you’re religious or not, I’m sure you’ve felt the warm toasty glow of love that descends near Christmas. The glow of love that, I believe, emanates from the love that was present when Jesus was born.

So, be loving this season. It’s just a good thing, even if you don’t believe what I do.

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