Because they serve as wonderful reminders of the beauty of the Christmas spirit, I find them enriching. I don’t find them shallow. I don’t find them commercial. I don’t find them crass. The trees, lights, cards, treats and all the rest remind me of the less tangible things about the holiday season. They remind me to think of others when I send their cards or put an ornament on the tree that they gave to me. It’s an opportunity to gather with people and make their favorite treats. The beauty of all those ornaments together on the trees reminds me that life is a tapestry, and Christmas is a time to appreciate and celebrate that. All of these things are a physical manifestation of love. And that is what Christmas is to me – celebrating love. Can I do it without those things? Yes. Is it intensified with them? Yes.
I often decorate early, so by December I can just enjoy the holiday season fully. But, it’s when everyone else is joining in that it is magnified. What people celebrate may vary, but most of us celebrate something this season. Most will choose gifts for loved ones. They’ll be thinking of others.