As Ray Conniff put it in song, “the real meaning of Christmas is the giving of love everyday, the real meaning of Christmas is to live as the Master may say, and when you’re giving your presents, don’t forget as you give them away, that the real meaning of Christmas is the giving of love everyday”.
The giving of love everyday means, we, reaching out, not just only to our dear families and friends, but also reaching out and lending a helping hand to the aged and infirm, the disabled and the handicapped, the poor and the impoverished, the sick and the lonely, the migrants and the homeless.
Christmas, the birthday of Jesus Christ, is just a matter of days away. Many of us are going about our busy schedules of shopping for clothes and presents, new furniture and accessories, baking cakes and cookies and preparing for the meals (yes, the numerous meals we have) for Christmas and ensuring sufficient stock of drinks and various types of alcohol to last the whole of Christmas season.
Then comes Christmas Day. There will be laughter and merry making in our homes. “Merry Christmas Everyone. Ho! Ho! Ho!” we would yell while dressed in our best. Parties would be taking place everywhere. Dining tables overflowing with food and drinks. Wine glasses and Beer glasses clinking to the sound of “CHEERS!” in the background. Some would probably be glued to the TV watching the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Week show that’s apparently going to be shown on TV, which is supposedly a holiday Special to be featured at CHRISTMAS!!!!!
IMAGINE IF JESUS CHRIST APPEARS IN PERSON AT OUR HOMES ON CHRISTMAS DAY DURING OUR CELEBRATIONS.
As He looks around, what would He do? What would he ask and say? Maybe, “What are you celebrating?” MY BIRTHDAY!! REALLY!
Who do you think He would be looking out for? He may ask “Where are old, the lonely, the poor and the homeless,? Would He be happy and stay at His Birthday Party or would He be disappointed and leave?
As we celebrate, let us remember the real meaning of Christmas.