[private] Among the great pleasures of the holiday season is listening to the music with it’s hopeful melodies, that beckons all to share the bright human inspiration that invokes the spirit of Christmas. The music of Christmas has a special meaning to people of all faiths. It’s warmth and nostalgic simplicity creates a special sentiment that exists in the hearts of us all, only at this particular time of year.
Pleasant anticipation also plays a large part in the enjoyment of the holiday season. As the days go by people begin to get a special feeling. I have heard people remark that “there is Christmas in the air”. You cannot adequately describe it, you have to experience it, feel it. Christmas is a time when Bay Island families plan to be together. It’s a season of deep religious introspection, through which the bonds of the family are strengthened and renewed. All of my boyhood Christmases were spent on the island of Roatan, therefore, island Christmases are etched in my memory. There are few sounds that evoke a more tender Christmas memory than the sounds of church-bell chimes. For me, the crisp, clean bells on a Christmas morning are the single most poignant moment of the holiday season. These sounds recreate a memory so powerful that a flood of emotions become unpacked.
In spite of the exciting glitter of the season let us not forget the great ideals of peace on earth, and good will toward men, that was the original message of Christmas. Of course the real glory of Christmas is in the story of the virgin birth, which is one story that can never be told enough. Nowhere else is the inspirational grandeur of Christmas more aptly revealed. The recurring message in this story lives on from generation to generation, because of its simplicity and wonder. These glad tidings have echoed and re-echoed through over twenty centuries to establish Christmas as a season of reverence to God and good will to men.
I have even heard Christmas described as a festival of the heart because there is joy in the air. Something sublime is reflected not only in the exchange of greetings and gifts, but in a deeper sense of friendliness. Even a handshake seems more meaningful at this time of year. I had an aunt, who despite her insistence that Christmas was an overblown holiday and “just another day,” literally became a different person during the Christmas season. She appeared more cheerful, happier, and yes, even more loving. I spent the decade of the 1970s in New York City, and even in the “Big Apple”, at Christmastime, people were generally nicer, they smiled a little more, were not quite as rude, even the crime rate would drop a few decimal points. Say what you will, but I believe the Christmas spirit is not a myth, it’s actually real. This special change in attitude that affects us during the holidays is definitely due, at least in part, to the glory of Christmas.
Christmas time is much more than a holiday or season, it is a spirit, a feeling, a glorious state of mind. May we all experience the joy, the warmth and exultation of this season of seasons. And finally, in the words of the Poet Wilma English: “God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith; the warmth of Christmas, which is love; and the radiance of Christmas, which is purity.” Have a glorious Christmas everyone, and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! [/private]