So this is Christmas…

Merry Christmas to All Merry Christmas to All Merry Christmas to All

It is okay if you skip the video and just wants the answer. In other words, is Christmas still relevant? Compared to other seasonal celebrations, it is still what brings the most revenues for most businesses to cover for their losses in the low seasons. So far, it is the only time when soldiers in the field had willingly stopped the shelling and killing, even for just a day. It’s the time where more people smile at me in the street. Could it be the infectious hopeful joy of the carols, the glorious story of the manger, or the cheerfulness of the decorations? The givers are more generous. Perhaps Christmas is a good reminder of giving love, more than the seeking love? This graciousness extends to forgiveness of those who hurt us, because it is the time when giving is the rule and not the exception. the expectation, not the suspicion, so that even the ones who feel loneliest at this time of the year would not reject kindness. Trust is on all time high. It is a time when anticipations for what’s wrapped under the tree reflect more innocence and trust than greed. And if the gift did not quite deliver, there is always some other “stuff” ready to make up for it, for it is still the thought that counts, isn’t it? More importantly, it is because of the Baby Gift that is a gift that keeps on giving. In other words, Christmas is a unique universal experience and language that is akin to all it stands for in an enduring tradition of gospel storytelling, food, art, gifts, sights and sounds.

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