The True Spirit of Christmas

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: Loving others.”
-Bob Hope

Why do we celebrate Christmas? Officially, we’re celebrating Christ’s birthday. And the byproduct of that happens to be Christmas trees, lights and of course, presents.

But there’s one more factor that in my opinion should be given equal importance but unfortunately it’s not. This particular factor looks beyond all religions, ethnicities cultures: The act of recognizing and showing love to others.

Somewhere in the midst of the rampant commecialization of this wonderful holiday, we’ve left that factor far behind.

That begs the obvious question. Can the warmth of unselfish acts ever be prominent again? I know many people still attempt this by volunteering at soup kitchens and other non-profit organizations during this time of the year.

But the sheer quantity of individuals doing so is barely a tenth of the population that celebrates Christmas.

So how do we rectify this? Afterall, the liberty of free time is not afforded to everyone.

One thing I personally like to do is take a small portion of my Christmas budget and allot it to someone needy, be it a homeless person or a waiter or waitress who’s struggling to make both ends meet.

I’m certainly not saying to eliminate Christmas trees or presents under it. Certain traditions that help put us in the holiday spirit should still be kept alive.

But your tree need not always be the tallest tree in the neighborhood. Christmas decorations don’t need to look like something straight from an expensive movie set. And the value of presents by no means should be determined by it’s cost. A simple, hand-knit sweater should mean as much, if not more, than the latest electronic gizmo.

If every family in the world put aside just a little portion of their budget, the true spirit of Christmas would be revitalized in abundance.

What do you feel should be the true spirit or representation of Christmas? Do you agree or disagree with the points made in this post? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

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