From the Right: Let Christmas last the whole year
Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 02:12
Christmas songs are playing on the radio. The lights are being strung. Trees are placed shimmering by the windowpane. Children eagerly await for the arrival of old St. Nick. Christmas is such a wonderful and even, dare I say, magical time of the year. December, a month that offers fond look back at the past year, while preparing for the year ahead. All these good tidings and cheer are tied together nicely, like a beautiful package, wrapped in red and green paper, waiting underneath the tree. Christmas is a time when we feel most hopeful. A time when we offer a smile, instead of a snarl. Where we redress petty grievances and come together with family and friends. We bask in the holiday glory and for a single moment find peace on earth.
It is at this time of year when we as a country should be at our best. A time when we aspire to our greatest potential. For this column I seek no political bent, as there is enough of that measure throughout the year. Instead, I take this time to reflect on the meaning of this special holiday and why, as a country, we need a little more of the Christmas spirit throughout the year.
I often hear, especially in the midst of a heated political squabble or a fierce back-and-forth, ‘Why can’t every day be like Christmas?’ Certainly, the feeling is shared for many people. At Christmas we appear to be on our best behaviors. We smile more. We laugh more. Momentarily, we forget all the troubles and return to a simpler time, a time of innocence. Surely, we’d all love for the feeling of Christmas to last from Dec. 26 all the way to the following Dec. 25. Yet we become bogged down in our day-to-day lives, we forget the magic that Christmas brings and, yes, the innocence. The innocence of a simpler time. The innocence of youth.
Perhaps that is why people constantly say, “Christmas is for the children.” Indeed, a great deal of Christmas is devoted to the children, but even seeing the smile of a child on Christmas morning surely brings a smile to even the staunchest Ebenezer, and is surely enough to warm the heart. Christmas is for the children, as it was one special child that made this such a joyous time of the year.
In this holiday season, let us reflect as a nation on all we have been given and why, even in our trying times, we are still blessed. Let us strive to keep the magic of Christmas in our hearts and thoughts not only on the 25th, but throughout the year. Though it may be hard and we may lapse from time to time, let us keep the faith. Let us never forget who we are and what we can do. For Christmas reminds us year in and year out of everlasting and enduring hope. The hope of freedom. The hope of humanity. Let us keep those notions in our hearts and keep them there throughout the year. And let us strive towards the indelible creed of, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.”
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.