Many of the occasions, religious or secular, involve drinking. A cup of cheer, spiked egg nog, cocktail or champagne for some reason seems to make folks more celebratory. I’m not passing judgement here; I don’t drink because I don’t like the flavor of liquor, it’s not a moral stance. When I was in the tenth grade two of my closest friends were killed over Christmas vacation in a car accident. Alcohol wasn’t involved, just the ice and inexperience. But many of these accidents could be prevented, as many involve drinking.
Alcohol is part of our culture. It’s reserved for adults for health concerns and because adults have the good judgement to stop. But not everyone does. Take their car keys, give a ride, tell them how they are behaving. Love them and protect them. Protect yourself. Make it part of your celebration to enjoy it sober and safely.
I went to a Christmas luncheon last week. The hostess had the most amazing decorations in every room. Baubles and sparkles, greenery, ribbons, unusual displays. Awesome creativity. But when I thought about it later, I realized I’d not seen a single manger scene. No nativity. No religious symbols at all, except a Christmas tree. Perhaps she isn’t celebrating Christmas. Her house was beautifully decorated, but if it was decorated for Christmas, the reason for Christmas was missing. Whatever holiday you might be celebrating, remember why you are celebrating it. It’s not just a party, just a time to drink. Don’t lose your focus. Every holiday has a reason. For Christians, without Jesus, it’s just a party season.
Whatever your holiday is about, be safe, be happy, and share what’s in your heart. There is nothing politically incorrect about giving a gift from the heart. And it’s politically correct to receive a gift graciously, even if it doesn’t fit. You’ve heard all your life, “it’s the thought that counts,” and when it comes to holiday greetings, the thought fits.
So, my dear friends and readers, wherever you are, whatever you are doing, whatever you are celebrating, I hope you are safe, using good judgement and enjoying the symbols of your holiday. And I wish you all a Merry Christmas, a blessed season, and a happy new year.