This time of year, I hear it all the time. In fact, just the other day, Diane Sawyer was telling Regis and Kelly about it. It seems nowadays everyone is searching “for the meaning of Christmas.”
When did it get lost? Did I miss the memo? Should I tell someone? Maybe they should organize a search party.
Jokes aside, though, I’m not quite sure what people are looking for. Since the OED doesn’t have an online search, I turn to Merriam Webster’s for this answer: a Christian feast on December 25 or among some Eastern Orthodox Christians on January 7 that commemorates the birth of Christ and is usually observed as a legal holiday. There isn’t much more of an answer than that. Should I tell Diane Sawyer?
Of course, I understand where people are concerned about the commercialization of the holiday. But at the end of the day, the Christians who care the most are celebrating in their own right and will be at their midnight masses and nativity services all across the world.
So I guess I come back around to wondering why everyone is searching for the meaning of Christmas. Are they expecting to meditate on this and find some deep, ethereal insight as to what December 25th stands for? Are they hoping to decommercialize it and feel better about themselves? Maybe I’m the one in the dark here and I’m the heathen for not trying to find Christmas.
But I suppose if I carry love, charity, forgiveness, tolerance, and grace throughout the year (or certainly make a concerted effort), then what more could I ask for or hope to find on this one day in particular? I’m not suggesting I am holier-than-thou, but I am still not quite sure what all the hubbub is about in trying to find the meaning of Christmas. [Diane Sawyer, please feel free to drop me a line and let me know what you find.]