It’s ten days until Christmas and I’m counting down even though I’m a buddhist. I like the Christmas season because it brings with it joy, happiness and brings out all the good things in people. It makes us think of others and not only of ourselves. I suppose I also like it because I grew up in Europe where we had Christmas trees decorated along entire roads, Father Christmas roaming around giving out presents and of course we had the Christmas market at the Old town square. Christmas songs played everywhere and television showed Christmas movies. A favorite of mine is always “A Christmas Carol” for I think the lessons it teaches us are ones to remind us of what we have. Thank you Charles Dickens.
The story teaches us to not only think of ourselves but to also think of others.
At the beginning, Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly old man who disregards Christmas and is so stingy he lives in a cold room with but a few coals on the fire. Although previously engaged, Belle had left Scrooge because his love for money rendered him unable to love another. He had since continued on through life alone, miserly and an unhappy old man. He gets a shock when the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Be reveals to him his lonely and uneventful death. People are happy rather than sad at the lost of this creditor who cared not for anyone else. Scrooge learns his lesson well and redeems himself with the Christmas spirit. He gives to the poor and celebrates Christmas with all his heart for the rest of his years.
Christmas is a time for celebration. It’s also a time for self reflection. No one is perfect, but if one tries to be a better a person, more giving, more loving and to think more of others than of oneself, then I think that in itself is already an accomplishment. So this Christmas, lets look to those around us and have a little Christmas Spirit!
Share the Christmas joy and spread the happiness far and wide! Merry Christmas!