Christmas

Consumerism took the ‘Christ’ out of Xmas!
Seems more about the gifts we get and buy;
The treats we stuff ourselves with nigh;
Plus family reunions that can push our buttons.

Midnight mass a token ‘spiritual’ celebration,
then home to unwrap gifts and baste the turkey.
Most spiritual Christmas I ever had
was at a Asian hostel

We offered locals a healthy meal
and sang carols in our different languages
Gifts were not available nor necessary.
Relatives in our hearts but at a distance.

Childless, I often worked ‘on call’
as most ‘crisis’ occur at this time
Too much alcohol, family blues, credit card debt
and most just concerned about what they can get.

 Attempted suicides, violence and abuse!
The so called ‘jolly season’
alarms many for good reason.
Self-indulgence, false joviality, high costs.

 We should ask why
our greed gets out of control;
Our soul undernourished,
trying to fulfil unrealistic expectations?

 Stop and think about the spirit of Christ;
Of loving kindness, not commercial blindness?
Avoid over indulgence and expensive requests.
Try to nourish your inner behest!

Please drive carefully as you visit family and try not to over indulge?

 ccc 21.8.2006

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9 Comments

  1. Your sentiments, unfortunately, are so correct. Even when it was a pagan celebration, it was probably more spiritual and fun. I have been transfixed by the new Barbies in different shapes and just bought two, to look at. They will be given to a toy drive. One was short with very dark skin and the other was Latino and curvy. Having a mental illness, even fun celebrations push me to the limit so Teddy and I always spend Christmas alone, with a ready made meal, watching silly movies with our cat. I volunteer on other days to help our community. Have a wonderful warm Christmas, Kate. 🐈

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