A crisp wind blows over the horizon. Its chilly temperature makes it clear for everyone — Christmas is near. Snow covers the ground as the cold wind sweeps over every open window. Shopping centers and malls are filled with people as they scurry along looking for the perfect gift for their friends, family, and loved ones — they are even shopping for themselves, all with a gleeful expression and all budding with that spirit that extols love.
Christmas Season. Who on earth doesn’t know of it? Even those who do not share the same belief in Christ would know of it. Every nation, every race and every human being out there knows and everyone celebrates it in their own way. Some take it as a holy holiday while others view it as a romantic day that could rival Valentine’s Day. Others see christmas as the time for parties and rocking out. But no matter how people view the said holiday — the spirit of love, of giving, of happiness and even of feeling younger than we are is there alive.
For Christians, this holiday IS a very special day. It is one of the most important days in the Liturgical Calendar. It is the day when the birth of our savior is celebrated. On a cold winter’s night, a baby boy was born in a manger in Bethlehem — everyone knows that story, some believe it to heart others think its just some legend or a fairytale.
As little children, we always dream of christmas morning what with all the gifts that we would recieve and toys along with them that we know we would find under the christmas tree. Back then, we never realized the importance or the magnitude of the day when Christ was born. For us it’s all about the eggnogs and christmas cookies, the ham, that delightful christmas feast and of course the gifts. We look forward to that day when one of the things on our wishlist could possibly be given to us. But during those days, we never realized that a thousand or so years ago, a baby born one blessed night had given us the greatest gift of our lives!
Those who aren’t Christians believe that that night on Bethlehem was all a myth. A silly story or a make-believe fairytale. But for us, that day was the start of our salvation for we were the reason why he gave his life, why he suffered and died. In a world where anyone could just give up on anyone and everyone else, he didn’t. He didn’t view our world as a loss for he gave all he could give and ultimately showed us the reason to live.
I am not writing about this to preach but to merely express myself and the disdain I feel in how today’s world is turning up and how everyone of us, even if we don’t want to admit it, is slowly loosing belief on hope — on change — on a brighter future…
We keep on looking for something that could signify that there is such a thing still as hope. We keep on searching for that light at the end of the tunnel, the calm after the storm, what with all the evil things happening all around — the killings, the kidnappings, rapes, wars, famine, wierd weather patterns. In such a dark world as today, we could easily give up living and just run away at our problems, at our lives.
Running away, however does not solve anything but only brings more pain and sadness.
They say that the only way to attain peace is through wars and constant battles against terrorist and anything that go along with them. They say that talking things over and wishing for a peaceful solution, one that is without bloodshed, is just a dream — a wishful thinking. They say that it is impossible.
My dad once said, “People say it’s impossible not because it cannot be done, but because people most often than not don’t want to do anything about it.”. I believe his words to be true. If we try hard enough and even take things one-step at a time, no matter how little that step is to make violence NOT the solution, then we can change things and make it a reality and not just a dream or wishful thinking.
Christmas is a time of hope and love. It is a time when hope shines the brightest and when love feels the air. It is a time when dreams can come true and will come true, all we have to do is believe and do something about it.