The true meaning of Christmas…

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. Why? Because almost all people – may it be Christians or non-Christians, get together to celebrate. ‘Tis truly is the season for joy and merriment.

But one thing I have come to despise about the Christmas (yeah, yeahI have begun another rant of mine) is the massive commercialization. Children who don’t even understand its meaning demand exorbitantly priced gifts from their parents.  Now don’t get me wrong here, I myself enjoy heading out to the malls for soaking in the festive warmth. What appals me is how Christmas is MERRY CHRISTMAS for some while not so merry for others. It hurts me to see the sad faces of the children and the frustrated faces of the adults who can’t afford to celebrate Christmas in a big way. In fact, some of them are fortunate to have two square meals a day.

As the more fortunate ones, isn’t it our duty to make Christmas merry for others too? Or are we so blindfolded in our own joy that we can’t even notice the plight of others? It is not a moral obligation but by all means a humane act to show that we care and we are all one. Isn’t that what Christmas is all about? I am sure you have many ideas how you can help others. Visit a nearby orphanage to distribute gifts or simply share a hearty meal with those who can’t afford it. And that joy, my friends, is greater than what any present could provide you with. After all, didn’t Thomas S. Monson say that Christmas is the spirit of giving without thinking of getting?

Well, enough preaching now. I hope all of you have a warm, happy and true Christmas. Remember, focus on togetherness rather than what to buy. In Burton Hillis’s words – The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.

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