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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. OnlineAssassin77
    Since: Jun 2012

    Merry Christmas everyone hope you all have a fantastic one ;)

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 11:37.
  2. JigsawPieces
    Since: Sep 2010

    Great post. Happy Christmas, all :)

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 11:46.
  3. Origami Killer
    Since: May 2010

    Merry Christmas TSA, hope everyone has a great few days.

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 11:47.
    • Origami Killer
      Since: May 2010

      No one has posted the welsh for it yet so updating my comment to Nadolig Llawen a blwyddyn newydd dda

      Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 16:22.
  4. brewersteve
    Since: Feb 2009

    Merry Xmas all! Present free day for me just enjoying watching my daughter open hers : )

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 11:49.
  5. blast71
    Since: May 2012

    DITTO everyone, all the best from a grumpy old moaner ;)
    Dont overdo the xmas pud fatties :)

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 11:52.
  6. McProley
    Since: Aug 2011

    Merry Christmas everyone!! Be lovely to each other and get drunk like I am already <3

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 11:56.
  7. XisTG
    Since: May 2010

    Happy Christmas everyone :)

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 12:18.
    Since: Oct 2008

    Hope everyone has a cracking day, Merry Christmas!

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 12:49.
  9. mark w.
    Since: Mar 2009

    Merry christmas to all….

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 13:39.
  10. pitbullmern
    Since: Nov 2009

    Some bloke in a red suit came into the house last night and emptied his sack over the floor. Guess i’d better get the mop :P

    Merry Xmas everyone

    Comment posted on 25/12/2012 at 13:58.