December 24

The Reason for the Season

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Blog | 1 Comment

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On this Christmas Eve, I’d like to address “The Reason for the Season”. First, I am not Christian any longer (not for many years). But I enjoy Christmas as much as most I think. And in this quick blog I’d like to discuss why.

First, I’m not sure if many are aware that Christmas has its roots as a pagan holiday. In ancient cultures this time of year (late December through early January) was recognized as a celebration of various Gods and Goddesses. This celebration generally included feasting and gift giving. The Christian religion has often taken pagan holidays and given them their religious meaning. As such, I have no problem celebrating as a pagan.

So for me Christmas is not about any religion. It is about spirituality through being with loved ones and the giving of gifts to those you care about. I personally love finding (what I believe to be) the perfect gift for those I care for. Yes, I ask people what they want. And yes, sometimes I just get them that. But other times I find something I believe is a great gift for them. Sometimes it may not be, but I do believe it is the thought that counts.

This season I found myself wishing to be more spiritual as I fought through parking lots and got nervous about what to give to those I care for. I was sick of seeing the same stores in different places. I was tired of the lack of consideration of others. I was pressed for time and didn’t have faith in the process enough at times. But, as usual, it all worked out.

I sit here tonight, preparing for tomorrow (read {poorly} wrapping gifts, cleaning up a bit {I am a single guy who isn’t too anal about cleanliness}) and thinking how those I love will surround me tomorrow. I think of what this year has brought and what I want to accomplish next year (look for a blog on that next week). And I feel gratitude for my life and those who love me.

Happy Holidays to all.

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One Response to “The Reason for the Season”

  1. Alexi on December 24th, 2009 at 11:03 PM

    What a feel good blog post. Merry Christmas!

    Love you dad!

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