There are about 13 days before you and your family will gather around and celebrate Christmas. Presents will be unwrapped, smiles will be had at all the new gifts you have. You will likely eat a delicious meal with your favourite foods.
Currently, for many of us, we are off to malls and shops purchasing gifts for friends and family. You are listening to Christmas music. You have decorated your house. You have sent your kids to take pictures with Santa. You may have planned to visit family somewhere else. Or they are coming too you. You have been doing this for a long time.
Yet, for many there seems to be a war on this holiday.
Whether it be the saying Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas, or the fact that some use Xmas instead of Christmas there are some that are concerned. Some places have eliminated nativity scenes.
Everywhere I go, it seems to me that the idea of Christmas and the meaning of it sticks. Yes it’s personal. Some take it for family. Others reflect on the birth of Jesus by going to a service or a midnight mass. Others Christmas Carol or go to a light display. Or go to a traditional Christmas show, like Scrooge or Handel’s Messiah.
It seems to me from where I sit, that the Christmas Spirit is alive and well. I think the reason is because people are looking beyond what the media is telling them and making this a personal and family experience. In general, it is going beyond a “Christian” holiday and meaningful for everyone.
Unless I’m missing something, I think the rumours of the demise of Christmas are greatly exaggerated.