All I Want for Christmas

I’m sure we all remember those cheerful songs we sang at Christmastime: All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth, and ‘The Hat I Got for Christmas’. I think I’ve grown way past the age of asking for my two front teeth. TBH, if at this age I had to be asking for them, well, that might not be so cute, might it?

Christmas is number two on my list of favourite things, as well as on my list of favourite seasons. I love the cheer it brings to the end of the year. There is such hope, such faith, and such charity that overflow at this time of the year. It is ‘the most wonderful time of the year!’ to some. Oh, I’ve seen the excited elf memes of those hopeless and unapologetically counting down the days to Christmas. How many is it now? If you are able to answer that question without looking at the calendar, my friend, you’re one of those whom I just described. Hey, no shame there, baby. You do you.

I have heard yet others wish that Christmas could be all year. Well, for a number of reasons, that wouldn’t be such a good thing:

  1. Who could afford it (the spending)?
  2. Who could withstand it (the eating and merrymaking)?
  3. Who would appreciate it if it were a year-long season?

I want to dwell a bit on the last point: who would appreciate it? Who would take the time to enjoy the cheer? Who would take the time to go the extra mile? Who would take the time to enjoy the faith, hope and charity that overflow at this time of year?

It’s a pity, though, isn’t it? That we easily take for-granted the things that become a part of life. We take for-granted the relationships, we take for-granted the liberties, we take for-granted the services, we just take for-granted. One might argue, ‘Well, if I have it, I know I have it, so it’s time to move on to what’s next.’ Beautiful people, there’s a word for that – ingratitude. Honestly, we should not take any thing for-granted, for who knows when what we have will no longer be? We say ‘Thank you’ each day, for tomorrow is promised to no one.

So, to end this week’s piece, I say, ‘All I want is Christmas’, not the season, but rather the spirit to pervade all year through – the spirit that brings faith, hope and charity.

My friends, until next time, Faith, Hope and Charity.

Fides, Spes et Caritas

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