The Christmas-Holiday season is yet upon us once again. This post is intended to make you reflect on the true-meaning that you personally give, in your life, to this time of year. For many, this time of year is about the Holidays. In fact, you will hear many people at the malls and stores telling you: "Happy Holidays." For others, it is about Christmas, and you will also hear many people telling you: "Merry Christmas." This is the battle of the minds, sort of speak! However, regardless of the phrase that you choose, most if not all of us, find ourselves going in the stores buying lots of presents. Right? This time a year has become very commercialized. Do you agree?
So the question has to be asked: When did we start the buying of the presents? The answer is actually fascinating. According to sources, the economics of Christmas is very significant. Since Christmas is typically a peak selling season for retailers in many nations around the world, and sales increase dramatically as people purchase gifts, decorations, and supplies to celebrate, the opportunity arose for commercialization. In the U.S., the "Christmas-Holiday shopping season" starts as early as October. History tell us that as early as 1822, this exchanges of gifts ideas came to fruition. Let us examine a bit further.
The definition of Holiday is a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done. The definition of Christmas is the celebration of the Nativity of Christ. None of those definitions required a gift exchange. Or do they? We are not trying to abrogate gift exchange, in fact we exchange gifts at our law firm, we just want to you to understand that, that is not the main reason for this time a year. Do not let it go by this year without showing your love to your neighbor, your family and even your enemies. As we are reminded that not all of us are the same, in fact we have one Jewish member on our law firm that does not celebrate Christmas, yet we love him as well so Happy Holidays to you Jason (Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa...).
Whether you choose to buy presents or not during this time of year, the real reason in your life should be a time to reflect about your life, your family and your relationship with God. Not necessarily in that order, but in some fashion. Remember that there is a God who loves you, a family who needs you and a person that deserves that best gift from you, you! At our Law Firm, we like to say Merry Christmas. May the Lord Jesus Christ fill you with His peace during this season.