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.
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!
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?
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.
take the lead on Christmas. Whether it’s the rush to open gifts on Christmas
Eve or Christmas morning, or the tender placing of the baby in the family
Nativity scene - Christmas is all about kids. Just watch all the adults
watching kids in the Santa line at the mall. Parents bend over backwards to
support the Santa story. Midnight bicycle assembly anyone? What is your
favorite Christmas memory? Good chance that it’s from the
first dozen or so years of your life. Christmas is about kids.
what do kids have that adults often lack?Hope. A simple word that can make or break each one of us.
ability to believe that tomorrow can be better than today. That somehow, some
way conflict will end with peace. That opportunity will present itself. That we’ll recognize it
when it does and have the courage to grasp it. The belief that around the next
corner is a happy life, a special someone, a cure for cancer, a job, whatever
it is we each strive for...it’s out there somewhere.
hope, we face a daily slog through the minutiae of life, or as my
brother-in-law likes to say, we become "beaten down by life.”
offers each of us a little slice of hope, a brief glimpse of what could be, how
kind we could all be year-round.
that is why I think most everyone loves Christmas. Yes, even those who proclaim
to hate it, and you know who you are. We are all taken in by that sweet promise
it’s the hope a vulnerable newborn baby in a manger stall instills or
the hope of a child waiting for Santa or the hope of a lonely soul who’s suddenly
wished a Merry Christmas by ten strangers, hope is a priceless gift.
one that the Sand Paper family wishes for all of our readers. May each one of
us enjoy a hope-filled Christmas this year!
"It came with out ribbons! It came without tags!”
"It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled
three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch
thought of something he hadn’t before!
"Maybe Christmas,” he
thought, "doesn’t come from a
"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!”
happened then? Well...in Whoville they say,
That the Grinch’s small heart
Grew three sizes that day!
"Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about.
‘And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came
upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore
afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of
David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye
shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly
there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and
saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward
Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
Van Pelt in "A Charlie Brown