When we think about Christmas it tends to evoke a sense of nostalgia and magic that can't be equated to in the rest of the year. For many Christmas is a time of happiness and celebration at the end of the year, a time to reflect and look back on what the year had given us. It's this pattern that gets us excited about counting down to that date each year. It's knowing and expecting what is to be. This is what makes it feel so magical.
Much like a trip to a dream holiday destination or your favourite theme park, the aim of Christmas is to have an event that the majority can celebrate. It's about coming together, putting up lights so everything looks bright and happy and sparkling. It's about decorating our houses with tinsel and baubles and trinkets that a family has had for years that tell stories of previous Christmas times.
Christmas is much more than religion, it is an inclusive celebration for everyone that makes us feel wanted and special for at least a day. This is why in life I think we should aim to include everyone in Christmas, whether this be by giving a charitable donation, being kind to a homeless person or even working a few hours in a hostel for the less fortunate during the festive period.
Simple acts of human kindness should preferably come natural to us all, but we do have busy lives. With the happiness and warmth that we feel at Christmas time maybe it's time to start becoming less narcissistic and selfish and actually taking action if we see a lone stranger of an old person who needs the warmth of a fire and the symbolic warmth in human kindness and interaction.
If we think about people who are not immediate friends or family, our world would generally be a better place, I think this year has shown us how hatred can spread quickly like an out of control wildfire. So if you have felt like you are a person who has caught the disease of being a hateful person, maybe start the detox you need to go through to be a decent human being again and spending Christmas seeing life in a new, alternative way that won't hurt anyone. Can you do that for me? Thanks.
This is how Christmas can be magical. Not being unkind or stupid when it comes to simply doing what is morally right. Stop using religion to live out a fantasy about what is right and wrong, and don't ever use religion as a way to take Christmas away from the many who consider this an importance time of the year even if they are not religious. I have talked about the 'belief in happiness' in a previous blog post, and I think we all believe in something. Sometimes, and I know this is shocking and something some people cannot except, we don't have to believe in a godly figure to get us through life. Some people do, and that's completely fine too. You know, as long as they promote a sense of loving.
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