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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.

  1. theberzerka
    Since: Dec 2009

    Merry Christmas Peter. Merry Christmas everyone. Have a fantastic day and a great new year.

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 06:47.
  2. Gastos84
    Since: Apr 2009

    Merry Christmas :-)

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 06:51.
  3. salvodaze
    Since: Dec 2012

    Though I’m religion-free, I’m always envious of the Christmas spirit. Merry Christmas :)

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 06:59.
  4. colmshan1990
    Since: Apr 2009

    Merry Christmas guys!

    A Happy Holidays to all.

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 07:08.
  5. indigo19
    Since: Apr 2012

    Merry Christmas all, as a man of 32 going on 8 I love Christmas and hope you all have a wonderful day, or at the very least a nice meal and a day off work.

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 08:07.
    • bunimomike
      Since: Jul 2009

      I’m childishly excited when it comes to Christmas. I was awake, fully dressed and sitting on the edge of the bed wondering if 6am was too early. Utter, utter man-child that I am. :-)

      Merry Christmas everyone! :-)

      Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 22:38.
  6. freezebug2
    Since: Dec 2008

    Merry Xmas everyone ;)
    Second year alcohol free and looking forward to Christmas Dinner rather than dreading the thought of looking at it. Big pudding as well….low alcohol brandy sauce mind!! :P

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 08:36.
  7. MICKY17
    Since: Dec 2008

    Merry Christmas TSA and all fellow readers!!

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 08:48.
  8. Carl
    Since: Jan 2009

    Merry Christmas, everyone <3

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 08:53.
  9. rht992
    Since: Apr 2009

    Very true and a fine read. Merry Christmas one and all!

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 09:01.
  10. Alex C
    One for all.
    Since: Forever

    Merry Christmas everyone. Hope everyone is smiling today. :)

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 09:11.