And peace on earth goodwill to all

Once again, I am writing about Christmas, but this is about something that really bothers me. I was raised Catholic, and maybe that’s partly why I have always thought of Christmas as a season and not just one day. The Christmas tree went up on the 24th of December and was not taken down until after Olde Christmas Day on the 6th of January. When I was a child Christmas meant going to church, visiting my grandparents, and spending time with family and friends. When I was very little there was a lot of excitement surrounding gifts and anticipating what Santa might bring, but as I grew older, and especially after I had children of my own, I grew to appreciate the beauty of Christmastime. And not just the scrumptious food and merry-making, but the deeper, long-lasting values of selfless giving; of the importance of goodwill, faith, peace and love. The charitable impulses often lost in the daily grind are more on display at Christmas than at any other time of year. Thankfully that still seems to be the case today.

Yet, in this more secular world are we losing out on some of these values? A young person I worked with seemed aghast when I said I might wear my Christmas sweater to work on the 27th – I had been telling an employee who was not there last year about how chilly the place is after being closed a few days and how she should wear something warm. My Christmas sweater is very warm. At any rate, my young co-worker was surprised at the idea of my wearing it after Christmas day. It led me to wondering once again about how fast-paced life has become and how the season of Christmas seems to grow shorter and shorter year after year. It saddens me. Have the ‘twelve days of Christmas’ been shortened to only one?

What does Christmas mean to you? Is it only one day out of the year, or like myself, do you see it as more than that? I think, more than ever, we need that spirit of goodwill; of peace on earth. And we need to have more than just one day to celebrate it.

10 thoughts on “From Twelve to One

  1. The Christmas season in America starts in early fall for retailers. I guess by December 26 people are in a hurry to put away all the stuff.
    It’s sad that the season has lost its contemplative spirit, but then the world in general isn’t particularly contemplative or reverent at any given time. But no one is saying we have to follow the frenzied lifestyle. We can “keep Christmas” (as Dickens would say) and reflect the One we celebrate all year. Who knows, we may even stand out. 😉

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    1. Excellent point – we cannot do anything about what surrounds us BUT we can control how we react to it. I hope you are enjoying a truly blessed and joyous Christmas. Wishing you many blessings throughout the New Year.


  2. I totally agree with you, as you get older you appreciate the meanings of really everything in life SO much more. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday, because of the feelings it brings with it. BUT, I have learned you can have those moments each and every day of the year. It is about who, where and what you are doing. It is about being awake to life and all the gifts and blessing in our life. Once you look at things, holidays, people differently, it all changes, for the best. Love this post! To me, wear that Christmas sweater WHENEVER you want. I live with the attitude I don’t care what people think of me… I am ME, happy, I am here to bring awareness to people to wake up and see life differently. 🙂

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