Through the years various voices have complained about the way Christmas has lost its original message—deteriorating from people being thankful towards the Lord being born on earth to that of shallow and mindless consumerism.
The Advent of the Lord has been replaced by silly images of Santa Claus, elves, reindeer, Christmas Trees, and of course the now “organic need” to buy gifts. However, after pondering the current traditions of Christmas I have come to the conclusion that the original Christmas message has even been preserved in all these fanciful holiday images.
I have even written some posts in the past about the spiritual symbolism represented by Santa Claus, the reindeer and the decorated Christmas tree. But even without elevating one’s mind to decipher these metaphors, the original message has remained intact and is communicated simply in our silly Christmas songs.
The popular song Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town serves as a powerful example. Its message is clear that childlike innocence must be preserved through introspection and determining if we have been naughty or nice throughout the year. This innocence is preserved by each of us being “good for goodness sake.”
The Lord came into the world to teach us all how to behave kindly towards each other (same with Santa). And even a devout atheist can see the obvious value of developing good character and rational values within human society (to be good for goodness sake).
It is amazing that such a simple yet powerful message gets lost as people cram themselves into the shopping malls every year or flock to the internet in search of that perfect gift. What has really been lost at Christmas time is gaining a true and objective sense of ourselves.
So as you open up your presents this year, make the extra attempt to also open up and peek into the quality of your innermost reality! Improving what you find there is the best (and most long-lasting) gift you could ever get!