The Goodness of Christmas - Why doesn't Anyone Care the Rest of the Year?

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 21st Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2r7g2v4j/
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Almost everyone brings out their good side at Christmas, opening the door for others, smiling saying hello, being helpful, but for many in our society as soon as the presents have passed, the turkey has been eaten, and the crackers cracked, there is no further time for the niceties of the season. Isn't it about time people took a different approach to life and carry that Christmas spirit with them all year?

The Goodness of Christmas

For as long as I can remember the Christmas season brings a change to many people, those who refused to speak with you start saying hello, they opened doors and smile a silent wish. But as soon as the season is over all the goodness is gone and the knives are once again drawn and ready to flash. Why are people like this?

Given the rigours of our work year the mid-winter holiday would be necessary even if we didn't have a Christmas to celebrate. Of course there are many that have a religious reason to celebrate Christ's day, yet the day transcends religious belief and is one time when our true humanity demonstrates itself, or at least it should.

Some of the thoughts for this article are my own, others have come from a discussion piece I posted on MyLot

Courteous, Respectful all Year

It is said that people should be more charitable all the year long. In terms of judging others leniently or favourably then I would agree, but I have said it before and I am likely to say it again it is not the duty of every person to give to causes that society should consider essential, especially those charities that are in reality today in the pockets of big business.

In the case of the former, the need to be lenient and favourable, I noted a recent Facebook discussion that stated:

    "December 10th is the most popular day for terminating corporate employees." ~ Anon

I would say any termination (other than one with cause) within 6 weeks of the holiday shows the company cares less about people than the balance sheet. Both are important, but a balance must be maintained. I cannot imagine how any corporate executive can live with themselves if they terminate people's employment at this time of the year, it is cold, ruthless and callous. I know of one HR director who refused to draw up termination notices on ethical grounds.

There are many that agree that human kindness should prevail during all seasons and people need to stop acting like jerks for the majority of the year only to turn around and smile for these two weeks as if they are saintly. Another aspect of this is the need to treat the janitor with the same respect as the CEO, both bring something to the business and there is no reason why one should be respected and the other treated like dirt. Personally I was raised to treat others the way you wish to be treated and have found it hard to fire any person, yet it has been necessary during the course of my career, but never at the year end.

Religious Day

It is said that Christmas is a time to glory and revel in the birth of Christ, sing in the choir of angels and adore the wonders with the shepherds. Yet not all religions have their religious days granted as a public holiday, for Christians however this is a holiday in most countries. Although I do recall from the time I worked in Saudi Arabia, where it was not a public holiday, yet the majority of Muslims took the day off as they do for the great prophets of their faith, while the majority of Christians worked the day.

I am not religious but do follow the various religious days around the world, including both Eid celebrations within Islam, Hindu feasts, and days from other faiths - each are special in their own way, each important to their followers. my family recognises each through a respectful dinner at home in the evening.

Mid-Winter Holiday

Even if you are not religious you will be glad of this mid-winter break. Christmas should be about family, having a day of relaxation and a way to remove all the pressure we have in our lives, like taking the lid off the pressure cooker that is our lives. Even those that are deeply religious will agree with this sentiment.

Holidays are important and normally in northern hemisphere the winter time is when most business is conducted, so the need for a mid-winter break is essential. Many people agree that Christmas was at one time about giving time to others, seeing each other, and sharing with others but today it seems to be more getting presents and spending money when it should be about sharing with people that you love and that perhaps dives to the nub of the problem - it has become a commercial holiday and driven by greed and profit and arguably is no longer about caring.

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  • Santa by IMSI (part of royalty free collection owned by author)
  • Janitor by IMSI
  • Priest by IMSI
  • Has Christmas been Hijacked? by IMSI

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author avatar Retired
22nd Dec 2015 (#)

Unfortunately, in many families it is the other way round, with Christmas being the time for blazing rows fuelled by alcohol!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
22nd Dec 2015 (#)

Agreed this is the worst time of year for substance abuse.

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author avatar Deepizzaguy
22nd Dec 2015 (#)

I have been scratching my head since my childhood why people do not like saints the whole year around.

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author avatar spirited
22nd Dec 2015 (#)

Nicely expressed Peter.

I see you are author of the day today, too.

Merry Christmas.

The railways sacked five men here just this week, supposedly for not following safety guidelines fully.

The Union is threatening to take strike action on New year's day, unless the men are reinstated.

Both sides have lost the Christmas spirit it seems.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
22nd Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you Spirited.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Dec 2015 (#)

Needed reminder Peter that is never overstated.

Christmas and other religious days remind us how we should live our daily lives but the overpowering greed, selfishness, and ego act against compassion and kindness that come so naturally. They get also repressed due to man made, artificial, barriers.

The Kingdom of God is within us and I also believe heaven also is right here provided we have the right attitude. We are given the inner awareness to take the right path but we accumulate even by denying others their basics.

So in the end our hypocrisy outshines even the stars! siva

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
22nd Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
22nd Dec 2015 (#)

Congrats on making star page.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
22nd Dec 2015 (#)

Christmas has been moved to a place that is totally commercialized. God and family should be first and foremost, and being nice all year should be a way of life.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
22nd Dec 2015 (#)

Sherri, common decency all year round should be about consistency we should be consistent in the things we do. This applies to good manners as much as it does anything else.

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author avatar King Butler
22nd Dec 2015 (#)

Examine your heart and do the right thing. everything else will follow with actions that comes forth from out of you. Simple principle of life on earth which is you reap what you sow that comes from out of the core being of your soul. December 22, 2015 A.D. 4:19pm.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
23rd Dec 2015 (#)

I agree you do reap what you sow, one reason I have always believed in the need to respect others.

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