At Least We All Love Santa
By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
The editors and writing staff of Veterans Today, coming to you from 28 countries and every major religion and a few even I haven’t heard of, wish each and every one of you a joyous holiday season.
This isn’t about the west being the predominant culture or issues of Christianity.
My own observance of Christmas, always the most important holiday of my year, was seldom based on ideas of the birth of Christ or the idea and the flurry of supernatural concepts that have led to two centuries of misunderstanding and acrimony.
That the theories, religious, political or mythological, how I tend to look on most things, meant to unite us have become growth industries in mayhem and hokum is something we can set aside, at least for a few days.
To many, perhaps even most of us, it is a time of the year when we consider, even for a moment, being the people we can and should be rather than those we have or fear to become or, worse still, know we are.
It is a period of introspection, of questioning, a time of personal responsibility.
The many guises of Santa Claus, the mythic figure that has such a strong cultural influence on children in Christian societies is key.
To some, Santa, as we call him, is all loving, all giving and forgiving and to others, a source of judgement and retribution.
He could and perhaps should be a reminder that we all have one real purpose here, our stewardship of this planet for our children.
To the cynic, there is a dark Santa, a sign of disappointment, of cold rationality over the attractive and more desirable myth. “How can a fat man fit through a million chimneys in a night?”
Our focus is on learning about ourselves and hating less, judging less, learning more of our fellow man, understanding and accepting more.
It is also about accepting truth, sometimes laced with darkness and yet finding goodness where we can and being thankful for that.
Christmas to many of us is when we look to the writings of Dickens, the social reformer and novelist of the 19th century who reminded us that the welfare of humanity is the only purpose any of us have.
That message transcends any belief system, of course, being both universal and so much of the time universally forgotten. Today is a day we remember, be it only one day a year. If this is all we get, then we accept this gift gladly.
I would have Christmas be the universal holiday it has become to most in America. It is celebrated with or without religious tradition as one chooses but the message seldom is denigrated.
From 1963 with Mel Torme and Judy Garland:
Posted by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor on December 24, 2011, With Reads Filed under Life. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.