xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement
Advertisement

Reconnecting with the true meaning of the Holidays

It is that time of the year again. Today, we celebrate Christmas Eve. It's an evening, for many, when family reunions, surprises, presents, lots of food and happiness take over. But for others, it is not the same experience, which makes me want to re-think or re-visit the true meaning behind this holiday.

For many, this holiday is about the presents, the long-awaited visit from Santa to see if they made the naughty or the nice list, about getting special things that maybe they were not able to get during the whole year. For others, it's not about the gifts but more about family, to visit or receive relatives that maybe haven't been able seen in years. Others take this opportunity to rest, take a break from work or college, and just literally do nothing for a couple days, just enjoy the time off.

Advertisement

But, sadly enough, for many others this is the time of the year when they get face to face, once again, with their reality. Many will not have presents under the tree. Many will not even have a tree, they may not even have a house. Many will not be able to reunite with their families, because they live miles and miles away, maybe even in another country; or can't get time off or get anything special from the rest of the year, because they don't have the means to do it. And while many will be enjoying the evening with plenty of food and sharing happy moments with relatives, others will not have food on the table, will not be able to have presents under the tree for their families, and will be longing for the warm hugs of their loved ones.

These are the reasons that make me want to re-visit the true meaning of Christmas. It's shouldn't be about the presents, it shouldn't be about "getting stuff," but maybe more about "doing or giving stuff." This season should remind us of what truly is behind it, the birth of a humble, loving person who always thought about what could be done for the well being of others. This is a season when we should celebrate not what we get, but what we already have; to celebrate the blessings we have and propose to share our blessings with others; to think on what can we do to make a difference in the life of someone who may not have as many blessings as I. It should be the season to "be" a blessing for someone else, to give or do something special for others.

Advertisement

It should also be a season to reach out to those left behind or never forgiven; to make an effort out of the comfort zone and reconnect with them and — why not? — with ourselves.

I will always remember a quote that I found online several years ago, which reminded me of the true meaning of this holiday. I don't know whose quote is it, but I believe we should all do it our own: "Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have, for Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts."

Recommended on Baltimore Sun

Advertisement
Advertisement