Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 12/26/2022
With apologies to Brown University which talks solely of the “holiday season” and “holiday trees” I’m going to utter the frightening word: Christmas.
This is the most celebratory of the Christian holidays (Easter, of course, is the most important) and our church which is usually filled to between 50 and 80 percent is at about 110 percent at Christmas. People sit in the choir loft and in the “crying room” (intended for small children).
And in our secular society, the holiday is treated with great relish. People get together (even during the pandemic), exchange gifts, watch sports, and celebrate. I know all about December 25th not being the “actual” birth of Christ (for eons, recognized days from the past were used to celebrate current events because it was easier), and I understand the need to separate church and state.
But most people are taking a holiday and exchanging gifts. It has become a joyous celebration around the world (Hong Kong, decidedly not Christian, did it brilliantly before China reclaimed it). We use it as an opportunity to enjoy family and friendships.
So no matter what you believe or don’t believe, you’re probably celebrating Christmas (and Hanukkah) in some fashion. I’m suggesting that all of us take some money—five dollars, whatever you can afford—and donate it to some good cause, some (non-sectarian if that is more comfortable) effort for humanity: homelessness, disease, refugees, orphans, elderly, animal welfare, whatever.
You don’t have to be religious to give a gift to people who really need help. I bet even those nice people at Brown can do this. So can we.
Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection. —Pindar
One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly. —Andy Rooney
The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live. —George Carlin