What, exactly, is Christmas?
A Christian would say it is the birthday of Jesus;December 25. A Pagan may say it is the feast day of the Roman God,Mithras.
Some would say it is the twelve days of Yuletide!
To a child, it is joy! To the adult, a feast of food and drink.
So, it has many names, many definitions, but what is it exactly?
If you really try, you will feel it!
Go outside, early on Christmas morning.Stand with your eyes closed. Do you feel it?
THe very air is "charged" with it. A "stillness". It seems that there is no wind.No birds sing. You feel that you are completely alone in the Universe.
And that "feeling" will be the same for Christian,Jew,Muslim, or Pagan. It is "something in the air". An "atmosphere". Is it, "the spirit" of Christmas?
As an old man, and having lived through many Christmases, I know what it is.
It is Shalom! It is Salaam! It is there for everybody to read, in The Holy Bible,in The Holy Koran, in the Talmud.
It is "Peace".
"Peace on Earth, and Goodwill to all Mankind", and remember what Christmas really is.
We tend to forget the real meaning of Christmas. So, go outside, and take a deep breath on Christmas morning, and just for a moment, forget the "festivities".
So, whatever it means to you, I wish all our members a Happy Christmas!