Just-A-Pause : The Presen(ts)ce at Christmas

December 19, 2014

With Christmas upon us, I could not let this season go by without penning my thoughts on how life cheers up at this time of the year, or rather, it is supposed to!

It is thought to be a time to put all our troubles and worries on hold. But is it practically possible? For that to happen, we might as well cease to live then. Oh Com’on!! Who are we kidding?! However, with shopping-takes-the-blues-away concept, we’d rather be mauled at the Malls, than queue up for confessions. And although this is supposedly the time to forgive and forget, mend fences and build bridges, call up or write to long forgotten friends; so clichéd one might say, we’d rather doll up, embrace and throw kisses in the air – all in the name of Christmas wishes or the more secular “Seasons Greetings” or “Happy Holidays” as it’s called today. Besides, everything is so commercialized now that even sanctity has become a commodity.

In a cynical view, Christmas has become so divorced from religion that there is little conflict over indulging in its celebration. “Lets all Celebrate” culture has penetrated our society in terms of Santa Claus, ritual of gifting, the Christmas dance and general festivity; not forgetting the Christmas rum cake!

Interestingly, on our social networks this season some folks are busy analyzing who is actually driving the social sleigh – Santa or Rudolph?! Unfortunately, the reason for this season features nowhere.

I would like to wish everyone in their Celebration for Christmas to have a sense of preparation, expectation, security and love. Let us thank God for the gift of His Son and welcome Christ back into Christmas today.

Let His presence take precedence over our presents.


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Comment on this article

  • Clara Helen, Oman, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 20 2014

    Very well written, you could have elaborated it. Keep up yr good work!

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