There are really three different holidays, all known as “Christmas”. One is a religious celebration. I don’t belong to that religion, so I have nothing to say about that. The second is a business event marked by pleas for conspicuous consumption and frivolous spending. I have little interest in that event, although I sympathize with small business owners whose livelihood is dependent on a good “Christmas season”.
The third “Christmas” is the one I celebrate: a joyous occasion when people of all creeds set aside their petty disagreements and share a sense of good will. It is a time when strangers are treated as friends, friends are treated like family, and family is given the appreciation we really should be giving them every day of the year. It is a time of generosity, kindness, and gratitude. It’s a holiday that belongs to everyone — to anyone who wishes to celebrate the best of what it means to be a part of the human race. By whatever name you wish to call it, that’s the Christmas I celebrate.
Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer.
Cheer to all Whos far and near.
Christmas Day is in our grasp
So long as we have hands to clasp.
Christmas Day will always be
Just as long as we have we.
Welcome, Christmas, while we stand
Heart to heart, and hand in hand.