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Happy Christmas

Mince pie, anyone?

Christmas is a special time of year. Regardless of how much I complain at the rampant commercialisation of it or the moaning I do about the gaudy decorations some people seem to have been displaying since Halloween, I really do believe that Christmas offers us a wonderful opportunity.

I don’t personally follow any of the religious doctrines throughout human history which have claimed this time of year to be one of their most sacred periods but that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate what it can mean.

I don’t really think it matters whether or not a person is comfortable with the idea that Jesus Christ was the immaculately conceived son of an omniscient deity, who was born of a virgin, performed supernatural miracles and who’s suffering and eventual death were a cleansing for all of our earthly sins in the two thousand years or so since it happened. I can respect the message – what Jesus stands for – very much. What Jesus taught, repeatedly, was love for our fellow man. Compassion. And that is something that I have the firmest possible belief in.

Compassion is what makes us feel elated when we see success – such as the many great stories that we saw from the Olympic Games and Paralympics in London this year. It makes us want to celebrate success, even though it’s not ours, because we can see how much it means to another person. Compassion is also what makes us feel for the victims of great tragedies like the senseless shootings in Connecticut this month. We can feel a fraction of the pain that those families are going through because we care about how another human being suffers.

Christmas, regardless of its religious associations, is a handy reminder that we should feel that compassion. We should nurture it. It’s what makes us want to be a better person, that we might lessen another’s suffering or promote their chances of success. It might take a while, but that’s something that I think will genuinely make the world a better place.

So, no matter what your religion – or lack thereof, I’d like to thank you for the time you’ve spent with us here at this silly little corner of the internet. You make me want to see a happier, more peaceful world and you make me want to enjoy it with you. Sometimes it takes some rampant commercialism to remind us to say that to each other.

Happy Christmas to you and all you care about.

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60 Comments
  1. Nickboss1
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Merry Christmas and God Bless Everyone Pip!

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 10:43.
  2. Youles
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    Merry Christmas all! x

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 10:49.
  3. Tanzil
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Merry Crimbo guys!

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 11:06.
  4. Crazy_Del
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Merry Christmas everyone

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 11:06.
  5. skibadee
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    Merry Christmas :-)

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 11:10.
  6. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Merry Christmas everyone. :) And if you are trapped in Mike’s basement, i think he will let you out for today, just today. Although i don’t follow any religion(Just just believe in it), i do enjoy Christmas. Even if the likes of Tescos tend to start selling christmas bits in August/September. In fact, i think we can buy easter eggs tomorrow from Tesco. :O

    Anyway, have a good time AND AVOID MJB! *flees to his fortess of Solitude* Today, i shall be playing DAO and watching, Shrek Forever after, Dr Who(if it’s crap, i may just have less hope of the next series being excellent) and South Park christmas speicals, whilst devouring everything in my path. ;) Also, if you are drunk later on, please do a drunk thread for our enjoyment in the forums. :p

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 11:10.
  7. Bodachi
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    Merry Christmas, have a great day everyone.

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 11:13.
  8. BadBoyBoogie
    Let There Be Rock
    Since: Mar 2009

    Merry Christmas to all at TSA, both the staff and my fellow readers. :)

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 11:18.
  9. Nocure-fd
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Merry Christmas all :)

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 11:29.
  10. cam_manutd
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    Great message and spot on.

    Merry Christmas and happy new year everyone. :)

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 11:34.

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