The Meaning of Christmas



What does Christmas mean for you?



What makes this time of year special for you as many traditions from around the world are celebrated in December!

I’ll start with “mine”. I celebrate Christmas with my family – complete with a fresh green tree strung with lights, a beautifully decorated hearth and lots of yummy food. The meaning of Christmas to me is about family and friends, remembering those I have lost, cherishing the people close to my heart, good food and probably – most definitely The Muppets Christmas Carol at around midnight for a good laugh before bed. I like this time of year as it is a reason to mark the year that has passed.  It is a time for renewal and a time to ground myself and prepare for the year to come. It is a time when everyone makes the effort to gather and to count the blessings of ones life, big and small. Really, it’s an annual turning point.

Whether of Christian faith or not, there is something about this time of year that inspires generosity and warmth. Some people deliver food baskets to those in need, some make donations to charity on behalf of gifts to their family and some of you will volunteer your time in what ever way you can.

We hope that what ever your traditions of the season may be, we wish you well. The following is a Buddhist blessing that can follow you around the whole year.

May you be filled with loving kindness.
May you be well.
May you be peaceful and at ease.
May you be happy.

♥Peace on earth.

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