This year the Christmas Spirit hasn’t really possessed me and I’m perfectly fine with it. I haven’t felt any conflict between the secular and religious connotations of the holidays nor have I concerned myself with them. The crass commercialism and the idea that one’s personal worth is dependent upon the monetary value of the gifts one gives and receives usually annoy the piss out me but this year the concept merely amuses me. Generally speaking, my approach to the holidays has been one of non-attachment and, occasionally, detachment.
I’ve asked for nothing in the way of gifts and I really don’t have any expectations about any I might receive. The gifts that I’ve purchased for others have been thoughtful and practical, items that I would have gotten for them regardless of the season. For the most part, I feel quite content and it’s a good feeling.
I’ll still celebrate Christmas. I’ll reflect on the message of Jesus Christ and how we should follow his teachings every day. Mostly, I’ll enjoy the day with my family and bask in the joy and hope of my grandchildren.