Open Letter: Christmas

An Open Letter to Christmas:

Dear Christmas,

First off, I want to say thank you. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t remember getting as many awesome gifts in my childhood as I do. But I came here to talk not about gifts, but about the things I’ve seen recently. Christmas, you’re supposed to be a celebration of Jesus’ birth, a celebration of hope, and love, and prayer, and peace. You’re supposed to be a celebration of the things we have, and of the hope and salvation promised us. But, you’ve become something completely different. You’ve deteriorated as an excuse for people to spend copious amounts of money on gifts for themselves and others. You’ve become this thing that people fight about, some to continue senseless consumerism over, others to put the “Christ” back in Christmas.

(By the way, X-mas is an acceptable way to write it. Why? Because the origin of that form of the name is because Jesus’ Greek name begins with an X. Honestly, saying that we need to put the Christ back in Christmas and meaning this spelling doesn’t know what they speak of.)

Christmas, I miss you, although I guess I never knew you. But I do miss what you could’ve been. I guess though, to make what could’ve been, there is only really one choice: to change how we perceive what is. If we see what currently is, and make it malleable in our own minds, If we choose, to change you, we can, and through our own steps, we can make Christmas (you) what you were supposed to be: a celebration of the birth of Christ, and a reminder that there is hope.

Today’s Daily Gratitude is for the chance to still write.


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