I don’t ever really remember believing in God, but I have always loved Christmas. To me, it’s more of a feeling than a celebration of worship or religion. Christmas is a time I love because everywhere kind of ‘dresses up’; lights go up, there is tinsel, trees and glitter galore. The world around me transforms into something prettier than ever, filled with lights, colour and people smiling.
I know that we should feel blessed, thankful, content, excited and happy every day, but it’s just not realistic. To feel those things every day would make them worth less and you’d stop even really feeling them at all. I don’t believe there is anything wrong with enjoying a particular time of year, and using that time to remember just how lucky you are, to appreciate the things you have; what you’ve gained and what you’ve lost and generally feeling thankful for the people around you.
I know there will be the naysayers, crying that Christmas is a consumerist con; you’re being brainwashed into feeding corporations pockets buying things you don’t need or want, but I say who bloody cares. We’re not stupid, if you don’t want to send a Christmas card, then don’t. But imagine how happy someone will be- maybe a grandparent you’ve not seen for a while, an old friend, someone who might be feeling very lonely- when they receive an unexpected card from you, letting them know they’re not forgotten, that they’re in your thoughts. Make a card, or send a letter if you prefer!
Buy silly little gifts that will make a friend smile, or put some serious thought in and find them something you’ll know they love. What does it matter, just let them know they mean something to you. Bake something, make something- you don’t have to spend a fortune, just take this time to make some time and do the kindnesses that we should do all year round, but that not many can realistically fit into their day to day lives.
Whether you agree with me, or think I’m an imbecile, as someone who does not believe in any religion I think my take on Christmas is as good as any.
Have a wonderful day with your loved ones this Christmas time and do your best to appreciate them and yourself all year next year… but still, look forward to the festive season anyway!