Not Happy Holidays, I say Merry Christmas. I understand if you do not celebrate Christmas but don't take it away from me. If I tell you Merry Christmas and you celebrate Hanukkah then reply Happy Hanukkah...I am OK with that. I suppose Happy Holiday covers Happy New Year too kind of like a contraction of Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Enough about that, what is it about Christmas that makes me feel so relaxed? Maybe it is the end of the year but I think it is because I understand the meaning of Christmas. Not the gifts or the decorations...not the tree or the lights...not even the meals and time with family but it is the celebration of the birth of our savior. It is the celebration of life eternal, of God with us, among us...oh to touch the hand of Jesus. I wonder what it was like to know who he was and talk with him, walk with him, eat with him...to just know him.
I am not one to force religion on others nor to push Jesus but those who know me know what I believe, what I have always believed, what I will always believe. It is this season, this time of year that makes me pause and reflect upon the beginning of the life of Jesus, the greatest gift of all.