It’s that time of the year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. It would be wonderful to hear that everyone feels the true spirit of the season, grateful for the blessings both big and small.
This season especially engenders a feeling of nostalgia for some, a sense of thoughtfulness for others and expectations for the coming year. We are reminded of the rituals which can be both comfort and crutch, linking us to family and friends. In our annual cycle of seasons, Christmas, in particular, offers us unique moments and, as you aptly appreciate the happy holiday, its context remains constant in our hearts, especially for loved ones that we lost, ever thankful for things that will not fade, will not be updated, expired or improved. And in our individual ways and circumstances as we prepare for the birth of our Lord amidst the lights, smells, sounds of the season, we prepare for His coming in the light of the present moment so we carry the Incarnation with us, an event still wrapped in mystery and meaning.
Indeed, Christmas began in the heart of God. It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man. Until one feels the spirit of Christmas, there is no Christmas. All else is outward display- so much tinsel and decorations. For it isn’t the holly, it isn’t the lantern, and it isn’t tree nor the firelights glow, but the warmth that comes to our hearts.
For Christmas to be meaningful, let us do a little something extra for some since the difference between a helping hand and an outstretched palm lies in just a twist of the wrist.
To one and all, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!