Happy New Years and Yes Merry Christmas!


#Merry Christmass #and #Happy #New #Years! ¬†“Have you lost your mind; #Christmas was last Monday; its just Happy New Years now?” No doubt this is what a lot of you are thinking right now, but no, I have not lost my mind (I thinkūüėĄ) ¬†it really is still Christmas, at least for the Christian (for everyone). Have you not heard the song twelve¬†days of Christmas? We are on the seventh day of Christmas, for the Christian, Christmas day is only the first day.

I am getting my inspiration for this post from the sermon of the guest priest who served my church today (thank you, Virgina). In it, she remarked about how “isn’t it great that we can still celebrate Chrismas going into the New Year? ” And I have to say #yes, it is indeed great that we can do so!¬†Celebrating ¬†Christmas (besides for the Christian celebrating and remembering¬†the birth of the savior of humanity and God becoming flesh and human) is about celebrating hope. What is life without hope; Hope for one’s future, the future of one’s family and community, hope for good times ahead, and the hope for an end to suffering? And of course the hope for a new and better year ahead.

I talked about this in my last post “A time to Cherish” about all the things we hope for and how because Christmas is a time where we feel more than ever that our hopes can and will be fulfilled someday it is indeed a time to cherish. Because of this and because of all the good feelings that just seem to be contagious during the Christmas time and the time leading right up to it; we a lot of times wish for Christmas to last all year. (I know I do.ūüėĄ)

It is then indeed great that Christmas does continue into the new year. It starts at the end of the old and goes into the new. Thus, as we end one long year with all that it brought us (good and bad) and look forward to and start a new promising year we are filled with hope for what is to come and that perhaps, in the end, things will be alright come-what-may.

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year, Everyone! May we all have hope!

What are your thoughts and viewpoints on this subject? Please do share; they are indeed very much welcomed and wanted, no matter what they are!

 

 

 

A Time To Cherish


This is #a response #to the one-word prompt “Cherish” by “The Daily Post.”

For Christians, Chrismas is the #time to celebrate the birth of humanity’s savior Jesus Christ, but even for the non-Christian, it is an important time of year. Christmas for everyone¬†is a very special moment of each year that deserves to be cherished. For Christmas is all about hope; hope for the coming new year, hope for an end/lessening of one’s troubles, and just plain¬†hope for whatever hope is needed for.

With that hope that we have come to associate and #cherish with Christmas comes a much needed reminded of perspectives in life; of what is truly and really important to ourselves and our communities. Christmas for a brief time takes away all our troubles and problems from our minds and removes differences, hates, and reveries between peoples as well.

There is a great example of such from World War I, called the “Christmas Truce” where during the Christmas of the first year I believe, the common soldiers on the western front on both sides stopped fighting and exchanged gifts and such. Sadly this “truce” did not last, but the fact that it happened at all is indeed¬†something to cherish. Chrismas does not just bring hope, it brings us as humans¬†altogether by reminding us of what we all have in common instead of what we do not; that truly is something to Cherish! Merry Christmas to all!

What are your thoughts and viewpoints on this Christmas subject? Please do share, all viewpoints all welcomed and indeed wanted!

Staying Silent Helps No one


This is a response to the #one-word prompt “Silent” by “The Daily Post.”

#No one wants to offend or start a controversy over “nothing.” “Don’t discuss¬†Politics at the dinner table.” “See no evil, hear no evil.” “This/that does not concern me.” Most of us know and have heard all this from somewhere and/or have said such themselves. Somehow we think if we don’t discuss¬†a “problem” or involve ourselves, ¬†if not already involved, then the “problem” will eventually go away or work itself¬†out.

We tend to think that if we do get involved in something, (perceived¬†to be not involving us in the first place), that only makes things worse and more heated, complicated. This is and can’t be any further¬†from the truth.

In any society, no matter what form of government it takes, everyone apart of that society has a commitment and duty to his/her fellow citizens to be involved in some way in the broader community and its governance. This is even truer for those societies with some form of representative governance such as “republics” as the United States. ¬†A society is made up of people who voluntarily¬†enter into community¬†with one another to more easily live and take care of one’s needs.

In order for these “volunteer communities” to survive and succeed, everyone in it needs to do his/her part in it, and keep and follow the rules, laws, and/or agreements that have been made and agreed by the vast majority of the society. Yes, there will always be a few who don’t and thus break the “social compact” (criminals), that is why we have laws and law enforcement; not necessary¬†to enforce¬†the rules of society on its “agreeing members” but to “punish” those who live in the society, but do not follow its rules and agreements.

Thus, when “problems” pop up in the broader society, it is the responsibility of those in a “representative¬†republic” to be apart of the solving of that problem by talking about voicing their thoughts/opinions with fellow¬†society members. As Ronald Reagan said, “All great changes in America, happen at the dinner table.” When the people aren’t involved in society’s problems, society begins to break down.

This is why our politics have become so divisive¬†these last few years, with our leaders in Washington bearly able to get anything done. It is not because there is too much political discussion as some think, but because there is actually too little; that leads to what few discussions there are to break down into “heated, ugly debates.”

So the next time you have friends¬†or family wanting to discuss politics/society’s problems, please do join in the friendly conversation.

So what are your thoughts on this subject? Please do share. Your thoughts and viewpoints are very much welcomed and wanted.

 

Jolliness Vs. Fake Jolliness


To all my readers, sorry for my absence lately, but life was keeping me busy and distracted.

This is a response to the one-word prompt “Jolly” by “The Daily Post.”

Its that time of year, Christmas season is here at last; filled with good tidings and cheer, shopping¬†galore, and celebrating the birth of Christ. There is just something in the air, during Christmas that brings out people’s “better side” and makes us all want to share the joy we feel with others. At least that’s what most of us feel regardless if one actually celebrates Christmas¬†or not. But there is also, unfortunately, those who instead of being Jolly show a #fake #jolliness.

There is a difference between someone being joyful, and someone putting up a joyful mask. We all have in mind those without the “Christmas¬†spirit,” ¬† those “Christmas Scrooges” to describe those who just can’t or don’t want to be joyful and thus don’t like displays of joyfulness by others. But, there is also I believe a lot of people out there who I would call “fence sitters.”

These “fence sitters” are those who only partially¬†recognize the “Christmas spirit” in the air, but are still focused on their own needs and wants instead of on others and those around them. They at least try to appear friendly¬†and accommodating, but you don’t get the same joyfulness air from them that you would get from others who really are joyful and filled with the “Christmas spirit.”

They aren’t bad people or dishonest or anything like that; they just for some reason have not fully gotten into the spirit of the holidays, but I do think at some level they want to. It is these people, I truly think that need to experience the “sharing of joy” by joyful people this and every Christmas time. Merry Christmas everyone; Be Joyful to all!

What are your thoughts on this subject? Please do share; all thoughts and viewpoints are welcomed and wanted here.