it is Christmas time. Christmas means more income for commerce and trade,
for business, industry, especially the advertising industry, for the hotel
industry, for traffic, for the travel industry and many more. Actually,
they are planning and working for the Christmas season the whole year long.
To them, Christmas could be every day of the year - but for other reasons
than LOVE. That is why they prolong the Christmas season, trying to animate
the shopping instinct of the people earlier and earlier every year. It
used to be normal, that Christmas decorations in shops and stores were
unpacked at the end of November. Now you can find the decorations
in the middle of October, soon it will be right after summer sale, not
to mention those shops that are specialized on Christmas articles, offering
them all year long. Christmas is a gigantic commercial event, probably
THE commercial event - and I could imagine that uncounted business people
and tradesmen, shopkeepers and clerks are thanking GOD, Jesus and Mary
every year for their steady income - if they think of praying at all.
At Christmas time, the house has to be perfectly clean, the families are gathering, guests are invited, and everyone, not only the working people, are in full stress. There is a deadline to watch, all the shopping has to be done, all the cleaning, all the Christmas mail, the presents have to be wrapped... And then, when it is Christmas day, most people are exhausted, tired, would rather stay in bed and sleep, hate the obligation of celebrating with the family, hate the sentimental memories, hate trying to be nice even to those they cannot stand to see... But you have to avoid quarreling at Christmas at any cost, that means swallowing whatever disgusts and hurts you, pretending to love them all... it sound familiar, doesn't it?
are people with large families, HIS family and HER family, who are shuddering
at the idea of December approaching, thinking of all the presents they
'have to' buy, of all the shopping and preparations, of the yearly questions,
who visits whom, whom to invite and whom not to invite, without hurting
anybody, how to achieve the optimal harmony - and sometimes the Christmas
plannings are elaborately contrived, considering the commercial, psychological
and personal aspects, the laws of behaviorism and habit, the balance of
favor (we were at your parents' house the last two years, now we have to
visit my parents), with every detail delicately puzzled out...
And many people, living by themselves, feeling alone, feeling isolated, feeling self pity, spend Christmas crying, maybe drinking alcohol, and every year the statistics report an increase of suicides around this time of the year...
even before they learn how to speak, children are flooded with commercials,
with bright pictures of things arousing their want - children are a very
important target group for gaining profit - this is the psychologically
contrived way to get a hold on their pocket money and the parents' income.
Consciously and systematically, the children are being conditioned, especially
by TV, to want clothes and toys of a certain brand - trade names are a
status symbol even in preschool and kindergarden. Isn't this a sickening
trend to watch? Competition without end, from birth to death, being trained
to glance at whatever the others have, trained to envy and be greedy, because
commercials suggest that material things make you worthy of friendship
and love - not only children, but also grown-ups. It's sickening, isn't
it? So very often the parents are trying to attend to the children's wishes,
but there are also those who do not have the means. And the children who
have not recceived the 'right' and expensive presents are disappointed
and feel unworthy, being ashamed for it in front of their playmates and
classmates. Sometimes parents take a loan to make their children be accepted
- so the calculation of commercialism is met at all cost...
So Christmas is not only a feast of JOY, but also a feast of greed, egotism, consumption, stress, loneliness and sentimentality.
do we become sentimental on Christmas? Being sentimental has nothing to
do with LOVE, but with clinging to old times. 'How beautiful it was to
celebrate Christmas, when I was a child, when grandfather was still alive,
when my partner was still there, when mother was with us...', we say, and
we hear the old Christmas songs and remember, and cry...
progress begins in yourself. When you want a change, you must change yourself!
Your heart is the KEY.
can help you to change yourself - You YOURSELF have to change
things in your life: You yourself, because You yourself have caused these
problems. Each one of us, everyone, has created his or her problems all
by himself, by herself!
Why not celebrate Christmas completely different, for a change? Why not spoil yourself by going somewhere you always wanted to go? Or invite someone who is alone, too, but is also ready to enjoy life (and not pulling you down by crying sentimentally!); or celebrate it alone, but ENJOYING yourself, maybe by staying in bed, making a comfortable day for yourself, or doing whatever is fun to you - even if it means eating chocolat icecream all day long?
Why not do what YOU want to do, not what others want you to do? Why not leave presents be (only among the grown-ups, of course), everyone has more than enough.
Why not prepare little presents that you can give to complete strangers, maybe there are more that would join this venture... It does not matter whether you know the people you give JOY to or not - they all are your brothers and sisters!
Taking fills your hands - Giving your heart.
go into contact with GOD and pray for help, then go back into your past
life mentally, thinking about all the things you did to others, see if
it was right and ask those others for FORGIVENESS and FORGIVE the others,
too. You think, that would not bring anything? You are totally wrong. Doing
this, you are in contact with LIGHT and LOVE as well as the other souls
concerned. This hard work - which it actually is - will REALLY be worth
many years of your life, because you are clearing your negative accounts
- you are creating a new reality, wiping out old scores, thus giving yourself
freedom and easiness.
Discover Christmas completely new - the spiritual core of Christmas, that so many people have forgotten. Christmas is not a sweet, sugar-coated, sentimental relict of old times, only good for commerce and children. All those Christmas decorations are unnecessary, you do not need them. But if you have fun decorating your home, if those decorations open the way to your heart, do it! Take those decorations out of their boxes and hang them up. Christmas is in the hearts. Christmas is happy, bright, a lot of fun and Highest JOY (The dwarves are celebrating it that way!). Christmas is silence - deep silence. Christmas ist both.
And to give you great JOY for this Festive Season, I will offer you instructions for Festive Activities on my following page, easy-to-learn exercises that have to do with the Meaning and the Spirit of Christmas. Actually, THEY ARE THE REAL SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS!
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