On the radio, I was listening to lamenting and bemoaning over the “after effects” of Christmas by talk show hosts and call-ins complaining about gaining too much weight over the holidays and accruing heavy debt from gift purchases.
After a bit, I halted the aggressive negativity trying to captivate my attention with a mental outburst of, “Eating too much food and acquiring debt has nothing to do with participating in the true meaning of Christmas! Christmas is about celebrating the Advent of Christ. It’s about experiencing more of the power and presence of God everyday in practical meaningful ways. It’s a spiritual event, designed to leave us in a better place spiritually and humanly for having participated!”
Christmas is a totally positive experience when seen in its proper light. Yes, if one views Christmas as a time to overindulge sensually through food, purchases and inactivity, the final result may not be good at all, and rightfully so, for there is nothing becoming and beneficial about gluttony and trusting deeply in material sense to bring happiness. But none of that is Christmas.
Christmas is not a sensual indulgence. It’s a divine experience! It’s about growing spiritually, becoming a better person, learning to love others better, dissolving conflict in family relations, finding better health, curing disease and dropping old sins.
Christmas is about recognizing Christ in one’s self and in one’s neighbor.
I could not think of any negative after-effects from celebrating the real meaning of this holiday. Christmas is all positive! As far as I could see… No ill comes from bearing witness to the activity of Christ in one’s mental neighborhood, and living true to the love of Christ in one’s thoughts and deeds.
Everything about Christmas is good!
So, I ask you, “What progressive developments occurred in your life this Christmas from having participated in the true spirit of the Day?…”