Two words spoken by many people on repeated occasions to family members and friends, colleagues and coworkers, clerks in checkout lines, and, sometimes complete strangers we pass as we go about our business this time of the year. They are spoken no other time of the year and while for some it is simply something they say because it is expected of them, those words are more than just a casual greeting for a particular time of the year.
It is true that Christmas is but once a particular time of the year, yet the spirit of Christmas is something that should be a part of our lives throughout the year. Christmas is a time for family and friends, the most precious gifts we receive in life, and it’s because they are so precious that every day of the year, not just one, should be a time for those we love. In that respect, the spirit of Christmas, the merriest time of the year, should be with us each and every day and make those days equally merry.
Christmas is also a time for giving, especially giving to the less fortunate and there are few among us who do not try to do at least a little more for the less fortunate. But as the one for whom this season is named pointed out so long ago, the poor are with us always and therefore, in keeping with the spirit Christmas, our concern for the less fortunate and our efforts to help them should not be confined to the weeks leading up to Dec. 25.
A truly Merry Christmas is a Christmas that lives in our hearts every day of the year and helps shape and guide our attitudes and actions toward others. To truly celebrate Christmas is to celebrate it every day in our thoughts, words, deeds and actions.
No, we don’t need to leave the tree or the decorations up throughout the year, because Christmas is not about tinsel and holly, but about a more spiritual, more loving, more caring attitude. So lets resolve this Christmas to take the true meaning of Christmas to heart and strive each day to bring peace into our own lives and those of others and share the good will that we have experienced with others. If we do, then each and every day we will truly live, experience and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas and make our lives and the lives of those around a cause for celebration.
Merry Christmas today and every day of the year.