Dear Christmas Season,
It’s December 1st – WELCOME!!
(And welcome to the lovely snow on my blog page, provided by Word Press, perfect for the occasion)
Now, we all know that because of the sentiment that Thanksgiving gets forgotten-about when the Christmas Season starts before the November day of thanks, it’s considered an injustice to talk about it before then. Starbucks jumps the gun, as do some department stores, and I (mostly) try to follow suit. Check out this great article from Relevant about this precise thing. There is SO much value in giving each holiday its own time and space. However, dear Christmas Season, you are not just about Christmas to me.
Here’s my definition of you, Christmas season.
Christ·mas sea·son (krsms szn) n. – The period of time from late October through early January when there is a palatable joy in the air, where frivolity is excused, where perfect blessings in gifts are considered for those we love, and the sense of anticipation of the coming celebration of Christ’s incarnation and subsequent birth is light on the lips of the church body.
Now, now, now, I know that there are a myriad of reasons that people don’t like the Christmas season, and those reasons are all valid. There are crappy people who aren’t nice at this time of year. There are people who get so stressed out that they can’t enjoy this time of year at all. There are people who only care about material possessions and consumerism at this time of year (and every other time of year). And of course, there are many people for whom this time of year is painful or lonely or broken. I am blessed in many ways and have the opportunity to choose to see this time of year for it’s potential and the beauty of its possibility and the delight of all the faith-in-humanity-restoring acts of charity that arise this time of year. This doesn’t make it perfect or idealized or without flaw. I simply believe in the beauty of this season for what it represents.
One of my unashamedly favorite characters on Bones, Dr. Sweets, says this to explain Christmas to the absurdly-rational Dr. Brennan – “No, no. Dr. Brennan, it’s the feeling of Christmas. What people call the Christmas spirit. It’s a kind of dream or hope we carry with us from childhood. But as adults… As adults we’re imbued by the pragmatic routines of life, which makes it difficult for us to regard anything with childlike wonder. But, you know, it’s alright for us to try. We put on silly hats, and drape trees with sparkly lights, and wrap gifts in garish paper, and that’s good for us. It’s not only alright for us to allow children the transient experience of innocence and joy, it’s our responsibility.”
Dear Christmas Season, I am SO glad that you are here.
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