The meaning of Christmas is a topic that most of the world seems to stumble upon year after year with new and old answers being brought to the table over and over. Yet in another desperately romantic attempt to settle the debate, I will share from my experience what Christmas means to myself in hopes of defining the phenomenon in such a way that it includes all and excludes none.
The craze is all around, the environments you stroll upon feels different and the music and commercials are still annoying you from last year. There is no remedy for this, no hibernation or destination to get away from all of this. You could travel to a remote part of the Andes but as long as you have Twitter or Facebook, pictures of what you’re missing out on will come back to haunt you in mere seconds. So if you can’t beat them, why not join them? It’s hands down always more fun when we join and that’s a universal truth.
It should be clearly noted that taking part in these traditions does not compromise your own individual beliefs and traditions. There has often been a lot of animosity between faiths with the celebration of Christmas in fear of being unfaithful to their religion when partaking in the holidays of another. It would be foolish to not notice how secular Christmas is today and it would be foolish to ignore that many people who do attend Christmas themed occasion do not go for any religious reasons nor do they believe in the birth of Jesus or celebrate the winter solstice. More often, they are attending to be among friends and to create memories with people they do not get to see often. More so it should be noted that there are many Christmas parties that are not hosted by people who belong to the Christian faith and sometimes the audience consists completely of non-Christians.
To simplify, the meaning of Christmas is simply to exclude none and enjoy the company of all. In more post-modern terminology, the meaning of Christmas is not one set definition nor is it about finding the meaning; it is about sharing a feeling with as many people around the world as possible. And that is truly indescribable; at least in words, maybe there is a dance to express it though.