Christmas is a complicated time. The original idea is a solid one: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Mankind. Today…..not so much. It’s tough to reconcile celebrating this wonderful concept in the climate of terror, hatred, bigotry, self-involvement, and hypocrisy we find surrounding us. Yet, we must find a way. We have to bring Christmas home each year, despite the Grinches and Scrooges we encounter daily in the media, and everywhere else.

So, what are the choices? Denial? Ignorance? Shutting down? None of these will help, and none will make us happy or whole.

We have only one choice, and it is the same one each year. Love. We have to love more, and harder, and deeper, and wider. We have to forgive, forget, and embrace. We have to remember the goal, keep our eyes on the prize, and keep moving forward. The only thing that can save us, is more Love. Love for family, friends, neighbors, and strangers.

Whether you Believe, or not, this Holiday is a real test of your convictions. Can you grow you heart as Mr. Grinch did? Can you honor Christmas as the converted Scrooge vowed to do? What will it take to make a difference in your part of the World?

So, despite the commercialism and craziness, there is an underlying principle that keeps us coming back for more. The Love we seek is always there, within us, every day. We cannot ignore it during this Season. It is accentuated by the ideology and the madness. We need to give Love, and to receive it. Please feel free to distribute as much Love as you can this Christmas.

And while you are at it, Give Peace a Chance.

Author: barbarabeardsley

Writing is essential for me. My work helps me through so much of Life, and brings me joy and creative fulfillment. I hope you will enjoy reading my stories, essays, and poems.

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