As a child, I loved the build up to Christmas. I would enjoy visiting the old ladies in the East End to cheer them up with Christmas Carols.
On Christmas Eve we would be allowed to open one of our presents at midnight.
It was just one of the happiest times in my childhood when our whole family and relatives would get together and eat, laugh, and play games.
It was just the togetherness that made me feel complete as a child.
Christmas had not lost its true meaning, we went to the Christmas carol services, and even took part in the nativity play. The meaning of Christmas was the birth of a baby called Jesus, who was sent by God to save us from our sins.
Fast Forward …… What happened? I grew up. Christmas just became a day to spend with my family. If I were lucky, I would get to go to a Christmas concert to hear the Philharmonic Orchestra playing
Seriously, people spent all their wages on presents and food, and the shops made a lot of money. Debts piled up for the New Year.
Christmas to me is one of the saddest times of the year especially when those you love with all your heart are no longer present. The emptiness I feel inside that void can never be filled. I try to make the best of the day it for the remaining family around me.
There are also the homeless, lonely, terminally ill and people suffering from mental health conditions that have been dreading this time of year, as they struggle on through their daily lives.
There are families that cannot afford the luxury of food on the table or gifts for their little children to open and I imagine there will be a lot of wasted food in other households.
Some people will be going into financial debt, just to keep their children happy, with the latest product on the market. The consequences of their actions will be felt once the New Year begins.
In my world, there is no excitement around Christmas, without the spirit of Love, Peace and Kindness and by praying for those who are less fortunate than we are.
Christmas is a day to be celebrated with your loved ones. Enjoy it as much as you can.
Remember those who will not be celebrating Christmas because they are unable to.
In remembrance of our loved ones who have passed.
START CHRISTMAS DAY WITH GIVING GRATITUDE TO GOD FOR ALLOWING YOU THE LUXURY OF LIFE.
The Scripture of Balance