Officially, Christmas is one day out of the year.
It is the most celebrated holiday in the world, and people enjoy getting into the spirit of Christmas well before it actually occurs. While it is fun getting ready for this holiday, people have taken “preparing” for Christmas too far. Weeks ago, and I was going to the mall to grab a bite to eat, and maintenance crews were already putting up decorations for Christmas.
Thanksgiving Break was not even close, and I was seeing holly, mistletoe and Santa’s galore. Christmas Day is losing its importance. People celebrate for a straight month before Christmas Day arrives, and if it were not for the anticipation for opening gifts, it is just another day on the calendar. Christmas should not be like that. Christmas is about being together, counting our blessings and remembering what really matters.
These values have recently been lost by our society. Instead, we focus on gifts, parties and what we do not have. This development is the result of companies transforming Christmas into another attempt to make their brand well-known to the public. While this is their prerogative, it is our responsibility to not lose sight of what Christmas means.
We cannot get caught up in the media blitz that corporations deploy to attract potential customers. This holiday is well on its way to becoming everybody’s second birthday, but we are forgetting about the person whose birthday was the original Christmas. Although Christmas is a universally celebrated holiday, it is a Christian holiday that has assimilated into all cultures.
The world does not stop turning when Ramadan season comes around because it is a “Muslim” celebration. So, if logic holds up, not everybody should celebrate Christmas because it is a “Christian” holiday. Being a Christian myself, it is frustrating to see people who are not of the same faith celebrating a holiday that is not meant for them.
I do not think that Jewish people would be happy if everybody started celebrating Hanukkah just so they could receive gifts. Now, I know that people will never stop celebrating Christmas. The holiday is ingrained in our culture. Despite that fact, it would be nice if people who do not agree with Christian theology would stop saying “Christmas.”
Christmas is celebrating Christ’s birth, which is a huge deal to Christians. I have always failed to understand why people from other faiths and beliefs celebrate this holiday with us. If they are not Christians, they have no reason to celebrate. If someone who is not Christian wants to celebrate Christmas, that is their right.
However, they should call it something else. I do not know what the new holiday would be called, but I am sure that somebody could figure out a name that works. In order for Christmas to reclaim its spiritual substance, it needs to be returned to the people who celebrate the holiday for its original intent. Christians are respectful of other religions holidays, so I would politely request for an attitude of respect towards ours.