Missing Christmas

The one thing I like about Christmas is this: People who pay attention to it (even in a marginal and non-religious way) tend to understand that it's a really good excuse to act more humane, if only briefly.

For this one day, and even sometimes in the weeks leading up to it, there's a bunch of people who get all emotional and squishy and generous and vulnerable and peaceful.

Even the people who spend Christmas feeling depressed and lonely are a sign of hope for me -- they seem to "get" at that time (if at no other), that this isn't how it's "supposed" to be -- and that there's no excuse for humans to be isolated.

I even know atheists who can't stand being alone at Christmas, and agnostics who will jump into the Christmas spirit by spreading their bounty to others -- even though they might not be able to explain to you exactly why they did so.

Which brings me to the one thing that I loathe about Christmas: After it's over, everyone -- even those who tout this holiday as the birthday of the "Prince of Peace", and go on about the "Reason for the Season" -- seems quite content to return to the status quo of "dog-eat-dog", "life is hard, then you die", and "every man for himself".

In my opinion, if there is a "miracle" attached to Christmas, it's the miracle of human beings realizing that they are quite capable of exercising their generosity muscles, developing their peace practice, and stretching/flexing their connection fibers.

I want that every day. Not just once a year.

I miss Christmas.

This post was inspired by this song, which has been a favorite of mine for 20 years, and brings me to tears every time I hear it:

Dedicated to Andrew Olmsted

Posted byPortlyDyke at 11:59 PM  


NameChanged said... January 7, 2008 at 10:12 AM  

I miss Christmas too. I am trying to keep the "spirit" all year. we'll see how that goes.

pidomon said... January 7, 2008 at 2:51 PM  

That was just beautiful.

LD said... January 8, 2008 at 8:18 AM  

Beautiful post and video PD.
*wiping tears*

Anonymous said... March 10, 2010 at 4:52 PM  

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