Letters to the Editor: Christmas is surely upon us

Chestnuts are roasting on an open fire, sleigh bells are ringing and good old St Nick is about to pay us a visit.

My goodness even Jack Frost is nipping at our noses right here in the good old Cayman Islands or at least he is nipping at my nose anyway, Brrr.

Isn’t it the most wonderful time of the year? Christmas time is floating in the air but was it always this way and where do the traditions come from. I did a little research online and here are some of the things that I found out about the origin of Christmas.

“Some say that there is no Christian church with a tradition that Jesus was really born on December 25th. The Reverend Increase Mather of Boston observed in 1687 that “the early Christians who first observed the Nativity on December 25 did not do so thinking that Christ was born in that month, but because the heathens’ Saturnalia was at that time kept in Rome, and they were willing to have those pagan holidays metamorphosed into Christian ones.” Because of its known pagan origin, Christmas was banned by the Puritans and its observance was illegal in Massachusetts between 1659 and 1681. However, Christmas was and still is celebrated by most Christians and even so for millennia, pagans. Christians and even Jews have been swept away in the season’s festivities and very few people ever pause to consider the celebration’s intrinsic meaning, history, or origins.”

My thoughts are that many who are excitedly preparing for their Christmas celebrations would prefer not knowing about the holiday’s real significance. If they do know the history, they often object that their celebration has nothing to do with the holiday’s monstrous history and meaning. “We are just having fun” would be the cry of the masses and the invention of Santa Claus, deriving from St. Nicholas was simply a way of adding a wonderful surprise element to the holiday for children; and what would the harm in that be.

So the music is lovely and lively, folks are smiling, children are excited and as it gets closer we will surely forget the reason for the season. And what exactly is that reason is the debate of the century. Christmas time is not about the decorations, the fattening foods, or the crazy traditions we hold so dear or not as the case may be. It’s not about the gift giving, or even the gift getting. We need to stop looking for the meaning of Christmas outside of ourself and the ones we love, but start embracing our wonderful and wonder filled life. We shouldn’t eat so much that it becomes painful to move or look at ourselves in the mirror in the New Year. And we shouldn’t spend so much that next year’s bills have to take a back seat or we end up lighting candles because good old CUC came to visit like Santa Claus and cut off the electricity. We must remember to shop smart, be safe, and spread love and cheer.

So my words to you this Christmas season is to enjoy your loved ones and have lots of wholesome fun with the folks that you hold dear. It’s Christmas time is in the city and the districts and the country so spread the joy of the season to those in need.

That is what it is all about. It’s all about that one simple little word. Joy!

Spread joy to all you encounter and allow it to last all year round. Feel joy for being alive. Be thankful for family and friends and instead of worrying about giving them something expensive give them the gift of you. Spend time with your parents that you may be blessed to still have. Share space and lasting memories with your children who think you are better than any celebrity.

Catch up and reminisce with your best friend who you long to spend a day with but are often too busy to do so. Give of yourself, freely, with reckless abandon. And love; love one another and hold one another dearly. Watch great movies together, walk in the park, drink lots of eggnog and eat enough good fruit cake for me. And most of all, pray. Thank God for giving you yet another wonderful year to reflect on and make grand plans to do it better next year. Merry Christmas to all and a happy, safe holiday season, from me and mine to you and yours!

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