Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Red White and Green

As you may have figured out by now, Christmas is a period of the year that I love. It surely comes from my mother who is simply "jingle bells" about it. She's one of those people you don't really want as a neighbour at Christmas time. She over does the decorations, in every room there’s something. For example, the bathroom has the Santa toilet lid cover that smiles when closed and on the inside (when lid is up) Santa pinches his nose. The soap dispensers, the salt & pepper shakers, glasses, etc. Everywhere it is Christmas! I’m not that bad, at least I think not… I did put a Mickey Snowman in the bathroom and changed our hand towels for winter ones and a few decorations but that’s it. I tend to put things that are more “winter” than only Christmas. All this to say that because of the time it is and of my enjoyment of it all, I’ve decided to dedicate my December posts to Santa etc. It would be fun to start a "HoHoMoFo" month or something...

I must say, to me Christmas isn’t only a religious holiday, as in the birth of Christ. It is a time for love, peace and harmony (just like the rest of the year, anyway!) and to help others. This year I’ve decided to help a men’s shelter near home. Since we don’t have the space to store the goods like we did in the past (as you can see here), I went a different path but I will help those men with whom society is basically done with. Christmas, to me, always represented a good time with loved ones that I would get to see once a year or so, a time of joy and happiness. A time where we shared with others our meals, house, toys, love. Christmas, to me, is about giving. Last year I was hurt when I also faced hatred towards people who have different customs than we do, and it made me realised just how little I judged others based on their religious beliefs or nationality. I give because I want to. But after last year I can say, that I may not be a “churchgoer” but I do understand that true charity comes from the heart and it is based on the wanting to help others, no matter who they are. In case you’re wondering what I’m ref. to read this , or this one.

Expect a light month of December, but to those feeling the withdrawls from NaBloPoMo will be happy to read that I'll be here regularly!


Ananke said...

I don't get into Christmas as much as I used to but I do a little decorating. My father would be happy if he could blow the power grid with the gazillion lights he'd like to put on his house! :-D

Anonymous said...

I need a sack of spirit from Santa. Let
'em know will ya?

PreppyGirl said...

Joyeux Noel! Hope you are resting after your big DIG.

Suzie said...

I just LOVE your Mom's Santa Claus toilet seat idea!! That is hilarious!!!!

Brave Astronaut said...

Tag, you're it.

Charlie said...

Your whole second paragraph is right on, SP. To me, all the things you mention about giving are about the holiday, not the religious holy day.

A few years ago when we still lived in Denver, Martha and I spent Christmas Eve with friends of ours--Muslims from Damascus. There were several other people invited, all from the Middle East. There was a Christmas tree, which really has nothing to do with the Christian holy day, gift exchanges, and a TON of Middle Eastern and American food.

We didn't need statues and nativity scenes to celebrate friendship and caring, no matter what our race.

Stinkypaw said...

ananke: Your dad reads just like my mom! :-)

wreckless: Cheer up man! Oh, did you mean "spirit" as in liquor?!

pg: I did and I'm paying the price today! ;-)

suzie: Surprising the first time I saw it!

astronaut: Thanks!

charlie: You are so right! Glad to see you're sharing my views. :-)