COMMENTARY: Will This Be a Good Christmas?

Will this be a good Christmas?

To lots of kids, the answer may be embedded in the response to the question: “Whaddja get?”

On the other hand, retailers and Wall Street investors will look to sales and profits.

What a pity that the spiritual and social potential of this holiday can be so easily lost.

Of course, Christmas is a profoundly important day of worship to devout Christians, so a “good” Christmas must include a meaningful religious connection with the teachings of Jesus.

But for many Christians and non-Christians, there are other dimensions to this day.

In fact, Christmas is more than a single day; it’s a season involving weeks of preparation and celebration devoted to family, friendships and, most important of all, a grand vision of “peace on earth and goodwill toward men.”

To me, a good Christmas is one that helps us become better people so we can have better lives and a better society.

On a personal level, the optimism, good cheer, and goodwill embodied in the Christmas spirit are antidotes to selfishness and superficiality. They can help us find purpose and meaning in love, kindness, charity, gratitude, and forgiveness.

On a social level, a good Christmas is one where we can say we’ve made meaningful progress combating homelessness, hunger, and poverty. It would also be a good Christmas if we truly overcame the fears, suspicions, and prejudices that may be hindering our expression of goodwill to all men, regardless of their ethnicity, national origin, or personal religion.

So regardless of your religion, I hope you’ll make this Christmas a good one.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

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  1. Thank you for more of your inspiring words. This year I emailed my family that it is time to get together for Christmas without gift expectations. For years our gathering stopped since our family has had a price tag set on the holidays. My email only emphasize on love, time with each other, and recap memories as a family. I wanted to say that it was okay not to expect anything. For Christmas Eve will be our gathering and made it at my parents place, small and homey. Not to include friends but immediate family only. I am hoping to rekindle a spirit of hope, peace and joy despite of their individual beliefs. Wish me luck!

    1. Way to go, Jeannette!!!!! Clap, clap, clap! Christmas has become such a greedy holiday, both with businesses and with those that want to get, rather than give. The Santa idea is a lot of fun, but it also teaches children that it is more important to receive than to give. And it pressures people to spend money that they don’t have. Then comes January, the bills accumulate and the fun turns to worry and stress over the additional monthly credit card payments. You lose and the merchants claim a cash cow!

      What more could we give than our love and expression of our appreciation toward those that mean so much to us, and to those less fortunate than we. It was never intended to be valued by the price tag we put on it.

      Again, way to go, Jeannette!!!

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