Fantasies of “White Christmases, just like the ones we used to know,” are everywhere. Each of us raised in and around the climate of Christmas Celebrations is susceptible to feeling harassed by the memories, both good and bad, of Christmas past. The urges to do it right, do it better, or don’t do it, are all based on the idea that there is something we have to do (or not do) in order to have the Christmas we want.
A spiritual solution to this psychological problem* is to reflect on the meaning of Christmas. While the story of the birth of Jesus is the source of Christmas celebrations, it is still a story and requires religious belief for it to be meaningful.
For the meaning of Christmas to be more universally meaningful it needs to transcend all religious, scientific, philosophical and ideological points of view until a truth is revealed that is truly a truth. A truth that applies now and always to everyone. A truth that is self-evident and accessible to all.
The meaning of Christmas is the awakening of what is Truly Good in the midst of the human condition. The Christmas story celebrates that it happened once. And yet, in each moment of every life it is possible for the awareness of what is good, loving and joyful to awaken within any individual.
And what greater symbol of this truth than the birth of a child? Anyone who has been around a newborn can’t help but be aware of the presence of pure love and good radiating through that baby, regardless of the circumstances of the birth. Everyone one of us has been born – so each of us has that essence in us. Let’s celebrate it!
If this meaning of Christmas is understood and placed front and center of all our thoughts, responses and activities, everything that unfolds in the holiday season and throughout the year can be a celebration of joy. We no longer have to do something in order to have something because joy, love and true goodness is within us. We give birth to it – in other words – we manifest it – by awakening to its presence. Joy is not something we do, it is a gift of life that can be rejoiced in, shared and celebrated.
So, have yourself a merry little (or big) Christmas, deck the halls (or not), and enjoy a silent, holy night being grateful for what truly is.