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Next Thursday, people the world over will celebrate Christmas. Those who subscribe to the Christian faith will celebrate, once again, the birth of the child, Jesus, who they recognize as the son of God. Those of other faiths or no faith at all may celebrate the Christmas of Santa Claus, silver bells and snowmen. Or they may not celebrate Christmas at all.
Many non-christians have jumped on the Christmas bandwagon, choosing to celebrate the mid-winter holiday without any of the religious trappings or traditions. The reaction to this non-religious Christmas in some quarters is horror. How can anyone celebrate Christmas without Christ? Such blasphemous behavior is an affront to all righteous Christians!
And right there is one of our problems - righteousness. Those that know exactly how the world should be run and how everyone should think, demanding that everyone believe as they do. Wouldn’t our world be a better place if we were all a little less sure of our own rightness and a little more humble?
And what better time to make a move in that direction than Christmas? People become more kind to each other, more cognizant of the poor, the lonely, the needy and more apt to reach out to help them. It’
s as if in December, humanity remembers our commonality and forgets for a brief period, our differences. There’
s a reason many charitable organizations focus their fundraising campaigns on the last quarter of the year and it’
s not the tax benefits of giving. People are more generous around Christmas.