Christmas kindles the light that dwells within each one of us.

Why celebrate Christmas? Many people, myself included, sometimes grumble this time of year about how commercialized the holiday has become. I believe that this grumbling has been going on for a long time. After all, Christmas has always been a consumer-oriented holiday, one which local and faraway merchants anticipate every year to boost profits. But that’s no reason not to celebrate Christmas.

Christmas is a time of gift-giving, a tradition originating with the three wise men of the Holy Bible, who came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Admittedly, some take the gift-giving idea to the extreme or, due to lack of finances, dread the Christmas season, with its overemphasis upon material goods. But that’s no reason to bypass Christmas

Christmas is a season of lights, shining brightly in a rainbow of colors or formed into two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes like the ones filling Lemon Park and decorating homes across town. Certainly, the lights of Christmas help to kindle the magic of the season, not to mention taking the edge off of the cold December days of the northern hemisphere. But that’s not what Christmas is all about. 

Christmas frequently brings out the basic kindness and decency of our fellow man and woman. Often, people express their desire to do good—which some might call the spirit of Christmas—by serving others, even if in small and simple ways. These random acts of kindness—perhaps a smile for someone who needs one—help those who may struggle with Christmas  because of losses, financial difficulties, or health problems. That’s a good reason to celebrate Christmas.

Christmas is a time when hearts soften and thoughts turn toward home and family. Many may recall the Christmas celebrations of their youth or look forward to creating new traditions and memories with their present families. Anything that brings families closer together is definitely a good reason to celebrate Christmas.

While there are many reasons to celebrate Christmas, perhaps the most important one is found within the holiday’s name: Christ. Without Christ, there would be no Christmas. All of the Christmas cards that we send, all of packages that we so lovingly select and wrap, all of the good that we do, all of the hope that lies within us, that is the spirit of Christmas, the spirit of Christ. Like the star that many years ago shone so brightly, Christmas helps to kindle the light that dwells within each one of us.