A Christmas Riddle???

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What comes around in the twelfth month of the year and causes businesses to boom, people to spend silly, gastronomical parties to be celebrated, red and green colored decorations to spring up and a big fat man dressed in red to appear promising presents which he does not actually deliver?

 

Taking a walk in shopping malls in this time of the year normally leads you to encounter folks  who seemed to be “hypnotized to spend” by the decorations, fake snow and Christmas trees,  lights, snowmen, toy soldiers, teddy bears, candy sticks, cheap sales, reindeers, fat men dresses in red and the sounds of “We wish you a merry Christmas”, “ Jingle bell rock”, “Santa Claus is coming to town”, etc.

 

Now for a Christmas riddle, is this opulent “commercialized presentation” a true manifestation of Christmas? Does it portray the real values, meaning and significance of Christmas?  What do you think?

 

If it was, then Jesus must be the greatest sales man of all time! Let’s not forget good old Santa Clause, a pseudo god, who’ll promise presents to those who have been “nice” during the year but who’ll not pay a single cent for them. His promise will have to be kept by normal folks who’ll then generates massive sales for toy stores, garment boutiques, designer goods, electronic gizmos, flowers, chocolates, shoes, sport equipments, etc. Now you can guess why these malls are extensively decorated during this time of the year…Santa must be a share holder!

 

“One-quarter of all the spending for the year is during the Christmas period. In December, the buying surge increases sales by 100 percent in bookstores and 170 percent in jewellery stores.”

- Paddy Bowie, Viewpoints,

New Straits Times, 19th December 2010

 

Look, I’ll be frank with you. It is not that I don’t’ buy stuff during Christmas, decorate the house a little or buy gifts for loved ones. I do. What I try not to do is to get seduced by the “Commercialized Christmas” pandemic, a product of commercialization and capitalism which corrupts the sacred!

 

What does commercialization mean? It means to apply methods of business for profit, to exploit for profit, to debase in quality for more profit. Capitalism today on the other hand, is ruthless, trusting nothing that cannot be measured and see as its sole end the accumulation of wealth.

 

Now marry these two and apply them to the sacred, what would you get? Apply them to relationships, to esteem, marriages, to family values, to parenting, to love, to anything sacred that fundamentally defines us as human persons that are made in the image of God and what would you have?

An insidious movement that turns the sacred into a commodity for profit and gain; “Commercialized Christmas”, “Commercialized love”, “Commercialized parenting”, “Commercialized marriages”, “Commercialized families”, etc. Its results in empty relationships, extinguishing the spark of the sacred within our souls. Have you read the newspapers lately? Have you seen the increasing numbers of teen pregnancies, abandoned babies, run away kids, divorces, broken families, etc. many being the product of this insidious movement.    

 

 “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”

- Bop Hope

 

Take for example, Christmas. If one has neglected his or her duties as parents or spouse for the year, then Christmas would be the ideal occasion to wash away ones guilt by buying expensive gifts. “Peace”, “I love you”, “I care for you”, “You are important to me” and “Goodwill” can be “canned and substituted” in expensive toys, electrical equipment, perfumes, jewellery, clothes, food and drink. Just buying this stuff somehow compensates and makes everything things ok. 

 

It substitutes the “real thing”: genuine relating, reconciliation and growth, communicating, engaging, caring, journeying together, parenting, loving, etc. It leads to the “commercializing” of our attitude, culture, tradition, faith, values and religious.  

 

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

- Matthew 6:24

 

The Christmas riddle does not just address the celebration of Christmas, it in fact directs our attention to the choices we will make everyday to either remain human or become inhuman.

 

Do we opt for the sacred or the commercialized? Do we make the choice to make Christmas count because of its true meaning and value or turn it into another occasion to spend, eat and drink mindlessly?

  

 

Do we make Christmas a sacred opportunity to heal by recalling the healing memory of the nativity that opens the doors of our hearts to hope, joy, love, peace, reconciliation and goodwill or an empty celebration that will alienates us further?

 

“Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child.”

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger,

 Seek That Which Is Above, 1986

 

Perhaps if we look to our past and see how Christmas used to be meaningful, look to the present day reality and then gaze to the future to imagine what it may become, we’ll be able to see things more clearly and make the right choices, not just to make Christmas more meaningful, but to make our everyday living, relating and engaging more sacred!

 

As Christmas approaches may we take time to be “sacred” once again and discard the commercialized…..it can simply be done by being a little more kind, genuine, patient, generous, loving, hopeful, forgiving, smiling and compassionate. We can be people who have encountered the true meaning of Christmas and who want to spread its goodwill everyday of the year.

 

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.

 To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy,

 is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

- Calvin Coolidge

 

Merry Christmas! May peace, joy, hope, love and goodwill be yours always!

 

Do enjoy this magnificence rendition of “O Holy Night” by David Phelps and share it with those you love, it will bring a tear to your eyes and enkindle love in your heart!  

 

Stay committed to transcending, transforming and transferring value back to your world!

Conrad Rozario is the founder of Alchemy Resources. He has more than 14 years experience in Sales, Marketing, Business Management and Talent Development. He holds a MBA from Gordon University, Illinois, is a Certified & Licensed Trainer of Neuro Semantics and NLP (ISNS, USA), a Master Practitioner in Neuro Semantics and NLP (ISNS, USA) and a Language and Behavior Profiling for Coaching Practitioner.  You can follow Conrad on facebook!
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