Why I love Christmas

Posted On December 28, 2006

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I love Christmas. It’s as simple as that. It’s better than birthdays or any other holiday for that matter.

I’m one of those annoying people who start saying “it’s nearly Christmas” at the end of October, beginning of November. By mid November, I’ve started preparing my Christmas cakes and by the beginning of December I’ve practically bought all my gifts. By mid December, I’ve written and posted almost 40 Christmas cards, wrapped and put all my presents under the tree, booked my hair appointment and manicure, and started a crash diet to fit into that suit I want to wear on Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Day I go around with a constant smile on my face, feeling an inner warmth and excitement as I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and look forward to my calorie-packed traditional Christmas lunch with family.

Some will tell you that Christmas is very stressful because of all the pressure to have a good time and that it’s a holiday when families often get together and argue. I say that may be true, but it doesn’t make it any less special. I know that I’ll probably fight with my family this year. We usually do, but that’s probably more to do with the fact that we’re all now adults, and dynamic, volatile ones at that so that when we get together it’s natural that there will be clashes. At the end of the day though we get through those arguments, and by spending time together and talking things through we become even closer. I also can’t help hoping every year that perhaps this time we won’t fight.

But, believe it or not, although I’m into the giving and receiving of gifts, spending time with family, and having a social calendar reminiscent of an ‘it’ boy, the real reason I love Christmas is because it’s a celebration of the birth of Christ.

A lot of people nowadays look at me like I’ve grown two heads when I say that and I think that’s a shame. It frustrates me that it’s considered old fashioned or political incorrect to be a practicing believer. Don’t get me wrong, I too struggle with my faith and go through phases of completely denying God in my life, but this time of year fills me with hope and reminds me that there’s more to life than money, socialising, career progression and sex.

I think Christmas is a time when we should try to remember being more patient, more giving of ourselves, and more loving. Old fashioned or not, it’s a time a time to welcome God back into our lives. I’m not saying don’t go out and have a great time. You could very well run into me dancing on the tables half cut, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this Christmas I’ll be at Mass thanking God for everything he’s ever given me and always being there.

And if you now think I’ve got two heads, that’s okay, I’m used to it.

Merry Christmas everyone!