Sometimes, it seems we become too involved in the preparation and forget the reason. No, there is no war on Christmas. I suppose you could count the fact that retailers have Christmas decorations out before Halloween ends just as they already have Valentines out before Christmas ends. You see, things change and for many folks change is hard. I am not one to live in the past, despite the previous paragraph. It is not the loss of those events, but that we sometimes need a little reminder. You see, too often do I hear folks complaining about this or that which doesn't matter. We have to remember to take care of each other and to do it as best as we can without bringing our own petty judgments. We must remember that we are a community, the human community. We are not the tools of politicians, the wealthy oligarchs, or an agenda-driven newsgroup.
So as this time of year, be it that you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Kwanzaa, or Festivus or nothing at all, we need to recall that this is our chance to spread a little cheer, give a little joy, and reserve judgement. So if Santa comes to your house or you are lighting a Menorah or a Yule log, it's time to remember who we are supposed to be, not what others would make of us.
From me to you and yours, Merry Christmas and happy holidays. I hope your gift is joy.