Friday, December 20, 2013
What does Christmas mean again?
Watching a video on Christmas traditions in other countries made me realize how shallow our obsession with gifts is as well as how time consuming it is. We don't have time to celebrate by listening to a special performance of a chamber choir. We don't have time to enjoy a bonfire and carols with our neighbors. We don't have time to create special ornaments or decorations. We don't have time to make choosing and decorating a tree a special thing. We don't make any special treats for others around us. We don't deliver them to our neighbors and spend time talking with them.
All we do is go to the some over crowded store and search for the 'perfect' gift that will some how outshine the other dozen or more gifts that are given to that particular person. We spend money that we often don't have to make sure that what we buy is just so. Christmas has become about what we buy. We get Christmas from a store.
"Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store."
That might sound a bit cynical and short sighted, but for me personally, I'm ready for Christmas to mean more.
I would love to hear from you all about your Christmas traditions. How do you make Christmas mean more?