Merry Christmas

Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas

It’s a great sentiment, Merry Christmas.  I really like the feelings and good cheer that radiate from everybody this time of year.  Very positive vibe, to say the least.

I do celebrate Christmas, and what it means.  Does not mean I am intolerant of anyone or their beliefs, merely a celebration of mine.  Fact of the matter is, I spent about 15 years as a practicing Buddhist, so have a reasonably firm grasp of other views.

What it REALLY Means

The Christmas season is just a great time to be alive, at least in the Christian dominant part of the world.  Most everybody is happier than normal, their outlook is better, and they all look to the brighter side of life.  Always a really good deal.

For those of us in TE land, it is a chance to wish all our customers and friends ‘Good Tidings of Great Joy’ and mean it.  It is a time when we are (almost) all joyful and thankful.  It is a time of year when we afford ourselves the luxury of good feelings towards all.

Why Just Now?

It’s a question I have asked for years.  Why do we get these feelings only once per year? Why don’t we carry them every day?  When you really think about it, every day is a celebration, every day is a chance to wish for ‘Peace on Earth. Goodwill Toward Men.’  If I knew that answer, I would be rich AND famous.

And Then…

My first Grandfather in Law took his company ‘over the top’ on December 25, 1917.  Out of the 138 that left the trenches on their own power, 16 returned.  He had a bone to pick with God from that moment on.  His celebration of Christmas was, well, different.  He raised 3 outstanding daughters, all of whom grew up to be strong Christians and had an impact on their church and their community, because of his tolerance and basic character.

Why is that relevant?  Because Christmas outshines events and tragedies.  Christmas is it’s own reason to feel good and wish good cheer to our fellow humans whether we know them or not.

For Me

Christmas is not a particularly joyous day for me personally.  It is a reminder of the worst day of my life, a time of great sorrow.  But the season IS a time of great joy, is a reason for celebration that carries me along.

And in the End

Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men, is a great sentiment.  I fervently wish you all Merry Christmas!  From the bottom of my heart.

I’m just sayin’

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