Christmas is always a strange and confusing Holiday for me. I mean, from what I understand, it is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, who many consider "the son" of God. I have read that Jesus was born in the spring. I have also read that Christmas has origins in the Pagan tradition. And, Jesus was born a Jew.
In the USA Christmas is all about a buying frenzy. People go crazy buying gifts for others, some of whom they don't even like.
Growing up in a Jewish home, I always felt like the odd duck. We did not have a tree, or go to church. We celebrated Hanukkah, which actually has nothing to do with Christmas at all. It does come around the same time as Christmas, but there is no exact date, as the Jews go by the lunar calendar.
I digress. The point is that Hanukkah has also become about gifts, rather than the celebration of lights commemorating the supposed miracle of the oil for the Temple lamp lasting eight days. That is the simple explanation.
As I write this, it is Christmas Eve day. Most people I know are getting ready for family, food and celebration. Tomorrow, many stores and business will be closed, and many will be open, ready to sell whatever people will buy.
I wonder how many people actually celebrate Christmas as a religious Holiday? All I know is that I am so over the songs and the sales. I sound like Scrooge, and really it isn't my way to be grumpy.
It's just that the commercialization of Christmas and Hanukkah has become the norm. I believe that if more people were grounded in morality and integrity and truly were giving in a non-materialistic way, it would be a different world.
What are we teaching children? Is Christmas about the best, and latest toy or gadget? Is Hanukkah about getting eight presents; one for each night the candles are lit?
Celebrate and enjoy this season. Consider being a giver all year round. A giver of love that is. Be the light in the dark. Be the spark that ignites the flame in others.