That’s what I want to talk about, actually — all the things we do in the holiday season but tend to forget about for the rest of the year. Somehow, we forget to be cheerful and nice, charitable and equitable, open-minded and open-hearted. I’m guilty of it too, sometimes, and it’s sad. No, it’s not even sad, it’s stupid. It’s plain old dumb.
I don’t understand our obsession with ourselves. I don’t understand why we look down on the poor and forget to be decent human beings all year round. If we acted this merry and charitable every day, the world would be a beautiful place.
I watched Mickey’s Christmas Carol the other night (because you can’t have Christmas without watching at least
ten two versions of A Christmas Carol) and one line Scrooge McDuck said reminded me of a lot of people I know: “You work all your life to get money, and people want you to give it away.” In America especially, we think we’re entitled to a lot of things, most of all money. And while I don’t want to get into that political/moral/ethical debate right now, I do want to say that yes, we are allowed to keep the money we make. BUT. But, we should also understand that sometimes people are just less fortunate than others; we tend to think that the poor are lazy little buggers…but there are plenty of rich people like that, too. Let’s just remember that Scrooge said that, and he isn’t the most lovable character in the beginning…do you want to be a selfish jerk like that?
Just take a moment to think about what you need in life and realize that a lot of other people don’t have that. Then take out your wallet (or better yet, take a little of your time) and give. Give of yourself so others can have what you have.
So go on, go out there and keep Christmas in your heart all year long. Fling charity about with wild abandon, not just this week, but every week, and every year, until you’re so old and gray that you can barely shout Merry Christmas anymore.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year…and Merry Year-Round Christmas. I love you all.