In Community talk.We each need to remember that Christmas is not solely a time for giving, as this should be demonstrated daily, giving and sharing love from the heart and not only from the pocket, because you feel compelled to.
Parents do not spoil your children because other parents are doing it to the extent that Christmas loses its values even more. If you cannot afford certain things, start explaining to the children why, so they grow up with much more understanding. There is absolutely no need to put yourself under pressure in trying to keep up with others. We need to start teaching our children to place much more worth on what is important, and less on what is not.
For most, Christmas is a time to spend with the family (which can be anyone by the way), from your relations, friends, neighbour, kinsmen or women.
There are so many reasons, why for some of us Christmas may not be a ‘Merry’ time. Some may have lost their jobs, divorced, death of a loved one, separation, loneliness, illness, atheists, depression, etc. Just because you are feeling all the ‘Merriment’ does not mean others are too. We should respect that.
We should never be made to feel, less valued because of the pressures that the media alike have put upon us because of Christmas. We should start to take control of our lives, and not be dictated on Christmas being the time to buy lots of presents just for that day, thus missing the real meaning of the Christian event.
Some of us believe in the phenomenon of caring and sharing daily in our lives, and see it as being hypocritical when caring and sharing is demonstrated only at Christmas, then soon afterwards return to our usual turning a ‘blind eye’ and ‘not by responsibility’ syndrome.
Spend wisely and caringly, though remembering that giving and sharing is a daily occurrence and not reserved for the 25 December only.
What does this festive period mean to you? Do you feel so saddened by it all that you do not celebrate it? Is it a time for reflection?