Ho, Ho, Ho...Merry Xmas?
Also for years it has also struck me about the commercialism of Christmas. Now, I'm not upset about Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy. Everyone needs a little imagination at times especially children in the world. The newspapers are filled with buy this or buy that if you really love your loved ones. Phffftttt! Hogwash!
If you really loved your loved ones, make them a scarf or a pair of mittens. Even if you drop a stitch or two along the way, every stitch is put there with love! Draw a picture, make a card, give something of yourself. Don't buy into the hype of the commercial wisdom of giving.
Remember this is the birth of our Lord. He has two requirements: love with all your being and treat each other like you want to be treated.
Think about this for a moment. I perform weddings almost daily including one on this Christmas. There are a few things I ask each bride and groom, but mainly...it's the above.
If you love you can't hurt those around you. If you love unconditionally, no matter what the person you share this with will be secure in that love.
Now the flip side...treat others like you want to be treated.
If you want to be lied to, fornicated with, cheated, stolen from, killed, or any of the other host of things which goes along with the darker side of life...then this is not for you. This is for those who truly want the best out of life. You wouldn't wanted to be treated this way so you do not treat others this way. You want to know the other person you are sharing your life with as you want them to know you.
I have found the best balance is with likes and dislikes. One spouse hated doing dishes while the other doesn't mind it. One will do the laundry and the other does the yard. Opposites but attraction. One weak point to a strong point with some things shared in common. The little things matter. When you loose site of the little things they snowball into a huge mess.
So while it might be a little thing to "X" Christ out of Christmas...is it really?