What is Christmas really about?
The question has been asked in many ways for many years. We certainly understand that Christmas is about more than unwrapping presents, decorating trees, hanging lights or eating large meals. We hear the voices of children expressing that Christmas is something more. We sense there is something deeper to Christmas.
As the new year arrives, it’s a natural time to start thinking of practices that will help us improve our lives. Our first inclination is to start with how we can improve our bodies, so we make resolutions regarding our diets and good intentions to exercise. We also realize that we need to nurture our minds, so we observe the practice of reading a new book or taking a class. But, it’s much harder to identify ways to attend to our spirituality.
For many years I’ve been a firm believer that the sooner the Christmas decorations go up, the less special the Christmas holiday feels and becomes. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas and all the arbitrary yet “seasonally appropriate” colors, flavors, smells, and traditions. But I prefer to savor each ‘holiday season’ rather than giving in to the hyper-capitalism that encourages us to rush through each one to make it to Christmas.