by RD Armstrong
LONG BEACH, CA-
I haven’t really celebrated Christmas seriously for about eight years or so. Granted, a few years back I got the urge to give presents to a few special people, but it was a passing fancy and soon passed. I always figured that Christmas had become another tool to bolster the economy (like Valentine’s Day - a date created to enhance florists, confectioners and jewelers) and, as such, was moving away from the spirit of the holiday… a time for giving and remembering the teachings of Jesus.
I was raised Unitarian, by the way. I never really understood the precepts of the Unitarian church - I just figured it was for people who didn’t really believe in God but went to church, just in case. So, Christmas was never a religious time, per se. It was mostly a family time, where you got gifts and had special meals. Later, when I was an adult, it was a time for gifts that didn’t have much to do with you, or what you’d grown to become, and special meals with people you weren’t all that close to, anymore.
By the time I hit my fifties, the sham and pretense of Christmas (more…)