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The After-Christmas Blues

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After-Christmas Blues

December 26th.  The Feast of the 7 Fishes is a memory, Santa has returned to the North Pole, and you are feeling as if you just finished ten rounds with the heavyweight champion of the world.  Do you feel at a loss when someone asks, “What did you get for Christmas?”  “Was it something you really wanted or something that will take immediate residence in your closet or perhaps, be re-gifted to someone else in the future?”


Today, the spirit of Christmas gets lost in the materialism that has come to surround the Holiday; foremost of which is the price paid for the gifts given and received.  Then, to add to your woes are the looming credit card bills that must be paid as a “reward” for your generosity.  This changes the spirit from “Merry Christmas” to “Bah Humbug.”


Strange as it may seem, when peace on earth and good will toward men should prevail, the empty feeling of the day-after reminds us of the truth of the adage “money does not buy happiness.”  There is an old Italian lament, “Natale sta arrivando e io hae senza soldi, quindi leggo i giornali e andare e letto” that translates to “Christmas is coming and I have no money, so I’ll read the papers and go to bed.”


The Good Lord did not, I believe, want his birthday to be a financial burden on his followers.  The gifts we give should be the gifts of love to our family, friends, and fellow man and the trust that, having received these gifts, they would receive the even greater gift of the Peace of the Lord.


Although this attitude may be considered bad for business, it would bring peace and sanity to all of those of us who have found ourselves in the hustle and bustle of shopping at all hours of the day and night to bring material happiness to the ones we love.


The real treasures in life can be found in the company of family and friends when we gather in His name.  In the spirit of God, “let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!”

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