In a December post a couple years ago I said that one of my favourite parts of the Christmas season is re-discovering my sense of childlike wonder in simple things. This year it’s been difficult for me to find that sense of wonder as events around me have made me aware of the harsher side of life. A friend of mine suddenly and unexpectedly lost her teenage son last week and two work colleagues have lost parents only a few days before Christmas. Other friends and family members are experiencing illnesses, injuries and other difficulties.
Sorrow and sadness are not part of our concept of the Christmas season. Grief and heartbreak are incompatible with the jollity expected of us throughout December. But we can’t banish the problems and heartaches that beset us because it’s Christmas. So I’ve been thinking about of how difficult this season is for those who are suffering emotional pain. In the midst of the festivities I’m aware that not everyone feels like celebrating. Someone said to me this week that we never know what problems those we meet each day are facing. So tonight I’m very aware of the importance of caring and compassion in our dealings with others, especially at this time of year.
I may not be brimming with hearty Christmas cheer tonight but my Christmas greeting to readers, friends and family is warm and sincere. I hope you have a peaceful, safe Christmas with those you love and you will find a bright horizon in your New Year.