By John Page

Christmas can have many different means depending upon who you ask. The holiday holds different values for various people. Since you asked for my opinion, if not too bad, I will tell you about mine. The following is my view and is not that of the other editors.  This for entertainment only.

I will start with saying that Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. I love the spiritual sense of the holiday and getting gifts. My faith is very important to me and I appreciate having someone giving me something. I know that these two do not really jell together but that is what I think. They both are connected to the concept of love.

Love is complex, but for Christmas I will use the idea of love being that you care for someone. Christmas is the season where you are encouraged to find something that will make someone happy. This is reinforced through everything from Santa, to nativity scenes and commercials. While it is normally a gift, the concept of giving is not bound up to just the material world. The holiday is more than that as the whole point of the holiday is a celebration of God’s love for us. A gift can be spending time with someone, saying a kind word, and doing a quiet act of kindness.

Everything about Christmas encourages this sense of kindness. Jesus’s message of love is one that is easy to see in a time of joy and generosity. The connection to the past is done through religious rituals, secular traditions like Christmas trees, and more personal things like seeing Christmas lights around the neighborhoods. I enjoy things like advent calendars and decorations.  I also adore chocolate and any holiday with chocolate is a favored of mine. Most of my friends and family know how much I love chocolate and will give me gifts of that. I also love to read and have been given more books this year then I have space for. I really appreciate that and try to find similar gifts for them. As you can see, there is a lot about Christmas that I love.

However, there are certain things that I do not like. First one is snow. I hate snow. I hate the cold. It is wet without being refreshing. Snow makes me sick and feel numb. Looking at snow is pretty but shoveling snow is awful. This is why I have never really wanted a white Christmas. Most of where I have lived have had green or brown Christmas.  I am not used to snow and whenever I hear people wanting a white Christmas, I wish to counter that. I like to take a walk during Christmas and I would prefer to not have to fight through the snow to do so.

I also get tired of the endless cycle of what seems to be five songs. The songs are fine, but since everyone is playing them, the songs soon start to drive me up the wall. You can’t escape from them. It is like being surrounded by an endless parade of super excited bops. I will not name names, but if I never hear certain songs I will be happy.

I am not saying that I do not like Christmas songs. I love many songs like “We Three Kings,” “12 Days of Christmas,” and “Silent Night.” They do not have the manic pep that the overdone ones have. It is just that the five or so songs I am not fond of are the only ones that everyone wants to play. If there was more variety in Christmas music then I would be happy.

One issue is that people will often let themselves get worked up about the material aspects of Christmas. It is good to be prepared but over-worrying ruins the holiday spirit. Getting angry and mean is the opposite of what Christmas is supposed to be. I think people need to chill and remember what the holiday is meant for: family and honoring our savior.

This has been a little rambling but I wanted to share some of what I thought about Christmas. I love the holiday and every year I will make sure to do all of the holiday traditions. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays.

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