Christmas season. This time of year brings to mind images of snow, good ol’ Saint Nick, reindeer, hot chocolate with marshmallows, stockings, family members, fire places, turkey, crackers, fir trees, Jim Reeves crooning Christmas carols on the stereo and presents.
I have always loved Christmas.
I remember one year, my parents got Muks and I each a pair of rollerskates. We loved those skates to bits. We had wanted skates for ages, so you can imagine how chuffed we were back then.
I guess as kids, our priorities and wants were much, much simpler. All we needed were friends, some toys to play with and our parents to not whoop our asses when we f*ck up.
As we grow older, our dreams and desires become evermore elaborate and costly. Our innocence left on the wayside of neglect as we pursue bigger and better things – in our careers, relationships, love lives. Adult life is not simple. We become conniving, complicated, confused, covetous creatures, always wanting more.
I don’t want to be like this. I want to be content.
I am glad that I have a good steady job. I am extremely thankful that my health is in great condition. I feel blessed that I have enough money to spend – and not go hungry. Most of all, I thank God for Seekarlui. She has been my companion, support system and friend. I won’t know what I’d do without her.
Maybe it’s time for us all to think about all the blessings we have and often take for granted – and be thankful. Instead of dwelling on what we don’t or can’t have.
This is the season to think of our loved ones. Be thankful for them and cherish them – for they won’t be around forever.
The commercialisation of Christmas is a terrible thing. Instead of focusing on the actual meaning of Christmas – which is God’s love for man – we are distracted by all the shiny material crap screaming for our attention.
Christmas is not about presents. It’s not about receiving presents. It’s not about partying and getting drunk sh*tfaced either.
Maybe it helps, when we think about the fact that there are many, many less fortunate people out there in this world. There are people going hungry, who have no shelter, no home to call their own, no one to love them. Instead they are shunned, abused and forgotten.
Human beings are inherently short-sighted. Out of sight, out of mind or so they say. If we don’t experience the suffering of others first hand, we conveniently ignore it.
All I am saying is this: Think.
Think about all the good things we have. Be thankful. And if possible, try to make some one else’s life better. Be it a smile. A friendly greeting. A helping hand. We are all human beings. We are, after all, one big family, regardless of faith, race or creed.
Have a truly blessed Christmas!
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