It seems as though Christmas has been on my mind a lot recently. The shops are all starting to fill their shelves with cards and Christmas gifts, mingling with all the things for Halloween. I think Christmas gets earlier every year but that could just be my age. I can certainly remember how long it took to get here when I was young and how the shops would only be thinking of putting their stocks out sometime in late November.
I started my Christmas shopping early this year and am on a roll. Yes, I’ve almost finished so December won’t find me in a crush of people at the shops and in a panic about what to get. It occurred to me that I love to buy gifts and can do it all year long but I mustn’t forget that Christmas isn’t just about the gifts I buy, it involves a lot more.
Not in a religious sense as I make no secret of the fact that I’m not religious. But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t follow what some of the great religious leaders have said or what some of their followers have espoused. Peace on Earth and tolerance would be the great Christmas wish I’d want given the choice and many religions have tried to bring that about. I’m not talking in the ‘We’ll recruit you and make you all the same’ kind of way, but just through tolerance and understanding. Jesus and Buddha have been exponents of that.
So, between now and Christmas I’m going to make an effort to smile at as many people as possible to see if I can lighten their day. And, given the opportunity I’m going to hug them or Cwtch as we say in Wales. I don’t care what race, colour or religion people are,this will just be a shared humanity Hug to say that I love them. I’m happy not to try and make my beliefs an issue as in I can only hug you or show tolerance if you share my faith, This will just be my way of trying to bring a smile and maybe a little joy into some lives to show we exist together so we can live together in Peace. Maybe there is someone out there that you know who is waiting for or in need of a Hug to show we accept no barriers between us. Why not try and lighten at least one life a day on the run up to Christmas and who knows, maybe you’ll get a kick out of it too.
I wish us all Peace and Love.