LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
My name is Virginia. My mother wrote to you in 1947 with a question regarding Christmas. You really helped her. I also have a question regarding Christmas. I hope you can also help me.
It’s early afternoon Christmas Day. The Christmas Feast has been devoured and presents have been ripped opened and flung around the room. The kitchen is piled with dirty dishes, the only remnants of the Holiday Meal . The trash is overflowing. Wrapping and boxes are strewn about the family room and my wonderful family that I love is lying around in a food coma.
I have spent over a month preparing for this. Worked over-time to get Christmas cash. Dug my toes in to keep from sliding off the roof as I hung over the gutter stringing lights. I fought with the dogs to leave the tree alone that I tramped out in the cold to get and spent an afternoon decorating. I got up early last week to go to the supermarket before the crowds and purchase all the ingredients for the meal. I mixed, baked, thawed and cook for the last three days. Dragged piles of bags and packages like a homeless person from store to store on a quest to find the perfect gifts. Stayed up late at night and trolled Amazon hoping to find those last few gifts with two-day shipping. Too sum it up, I’m exhausted!
And now here I am. The credit card bills haven’t even arrived and in a couple of hours it’s done? The meal was eaten, the presents opened and it’s over? It’s over other than climbing back on the roof to take the lights down in the January cold and spending a weekend un-decorating and cleaning the house. Over except the next three hours cleaning dishes and picking up the house as my family snoozes.
IS THIS ALL??????
IS THIS THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS???????
PLEASE TELL ME THERE IS MORE.
REPLY FROM THE EDITOR:
I want to refer to two experts in this field to answer your question.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night, and lo the angel of the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid, and the angel said unto them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a savior, tis Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
Linus from A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Grinch stole all the presents. He stole all the decorations. He took the Christmas feast including the roast beast. He even took the last can of Who Hash. He took the Christmas tree from every Who house. He even grabbed the stockings from the hearth and the candy from the children’s very hands. He stripped away everything the Who had prepared for the big day. And as the sun rose on Christmas morning what did the Grinch see? He saw all the Whos in Whosville, in the town square. They held hands and sang and rejoiced, It was Christmas morning. Every Who in Whosville singing without any presents at all. He hadn’t stopped Christmas form coming. It came. It came without ribbons, It came without tags, It came without packages, boxes and bags. Then the Grinch thought. Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. And with that realization the Whos in Whosville say that Grinch’s tiny heart grew three times that day.
None of those other things are what Christmas is all about. The lights and garland, presents and meals are nothing more than a side-show, a distraction from the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas is about love and caring. It’s about family and friends. It’s about accepting others for who they are. It’s about the Whos in Whosville on that Christmas morning, in the town square. It’s about hope. It’s about belief, belief that miracles really do happen. Hope that a little bit of the love, and caring for others of the season will follow us through the new year. Hope that we can keep the laughter and excitement for life without the lights and trees in the days to come.
It’s about hope that things really can be a little better than they are, if it starts with me..
So to answer your question Virginia, NO, This is not ALL, these things are NOT the true meaning of Christmas. Look beyond what is in front of your face to what CAN BE, if you want it to be. That’s the true magic of Christmas.
MERRY CHRISTMAS CHARLIE BROWN