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So, I haven’t written in months. Really, written. I feel as though I have been waiting for something and today… Today, I have that something. I was checking my facebook earlier today and came across a post that my friend had put up. Apparently, a lot of people are not excited about the holidays. His post had more to do with Thanksgiving but then, as the conversation via comments continued between him and a few others, it became directed at Christmas. Many people believe that Christmas has become too commercial. Most people watch Christmas movies and listen to Christmas music with disdain. They are completely reluctant to take part in Christmas at all.

Now, why the reluctance? I personally love Christmas but I guess I can see where everyone is coming from. I guess the same 20 or so songs just remixed and released by different people and repeated every single day for about a month can be irritating. Christmas movies with the same happily ever after ending no matter how bad it gets can be quite annoying. Black Friday for patrons and workers of retail alike can be quite unnerving. The traffic jams, the crowded malls, crowded department stores, the Santa that look nothing like Santa ringing his bell in front of the store, and so much more. These are plenty of reasons to hate Christmas, to mention nothing of how much money we flush down the drain on gifts and such.

Those are all very valid reasons to hate Christmas I guess. But what about all the reasons to love it and treasure it? To hold it to our hearts and live in the spirit all year ‘round? Families coming together, children believing in something bigger than themselves, the way someone’s face lights up when they get a gift that says “I care enough to think of you”, the way that no matter how bad it gets it is all somehow better on Christmas, and the way people smile at each other and wish each other happy holidays just because it is the holiday season. The way that each gift you give expresses just how much you care for the recipient. How much thought goes into everything you do to make it perfect? I get that holidays are stressful and commercialized but the thing about Christmas; all those movies have one general theme. The theme of each movie and song isn’t buy, buy, buy but love each other, cherish each other, cherish the Christmas spirit because nothing is more important than love.

Everything just seems wonderful at Christmas. Everyday music is about broken hearts, sex, drugs, alcohol, money, and so much more. Sure there are a few love songs out there but all about the love between two people. Anyone ever really listen to the lyrics of the Christmas carols out there? I know we all know a lot of them but anyone ever really HEAR them? Hear what they are trying to say? Let’s see if reading at least one will help you see what I mean.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on,
our troubles will be miles away.
Here were are as in olden days,
happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
gather near to us once more.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on,
our troubles will be miles away.
Through the years we all will be together
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

Now, read that a few times and tell me that you still don’t see what I mean. Read that and remember that each time you are watching a Christmas movie and thinking to yourself, “UGH! Again?!” Or think of the joy that Christmas brings to those out there who aren’t all jaded and frustrated by it all. The inevitable joy it brings to the Scrooges out there too. Even the jaded end up smiling at the holidays because someone remembers them or is remembered by them and they make a difference in that person’s life. It is rare to find someone who is truly unhappy at Christmas because if there is even a hint of unhappiness in them, someone else comes along and does everything they can to make it better because it’s Christmas.

So, everyone do me a favor this year. Reflect upon all this before bashing Christmas. If after that you still want to bash it, well then by all means but do it with someone else who feels the same as you and away from those of us still naïve enough to believe in the good in others. To believe that miracles do happen and to believe that no matter how bad it gets, it always just seems better at Christmas. That society is not just a bunch of Scrooges and that there is some qualities still out there that make it worthwhile to be human. That love and Christmas go hand in hand and that we are what make Christmas what it is and what it isn’t. So, if you want it to be commercialized or if you want it to be about love, well the power is yours. Choose and live with your choice

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