The season has a message for all of us. While for many #Christmas family Christmas is closely tied to their religion, the underlying message for all, the faithful of all religions and the atheists, is one that we should remember all the year. In a world where virtually every day bad news dominates our news services and newspapers, human beings are capable of being good to one another. Sadly we cannot extend this to the whole year.

Message for all

It would be easy to make a Christmas article one about a particular religion, but deep down this is not the case. The season has been taken up by many who believe in other Gods or who are nonbelievers.

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This is not due to simply to the force of advertising, but to the message itself which emphasizes what is good in us and not solely the bad that all too often seems to dominate.

It is enough to look at the major films tied to the season and their common themes of good human behavior which should be recognized and rewarded. The oldest of these shown around the world is “It’s a wonderful life” with James Stewart. The film tells the story of a good man who finds himself in trouble during the Christmas season and contemplates suicide. By the end of the film, he understands that he is not alone and that those he helped respond in kind when they learn of his difficulties.

The second film is similar, but much more profound and from a great book by a great author, Charles Dickens. “A Christmas Carol,” tells the story of a good man who through the weight of disappointment loses his love for life and learns to hate the season.

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Like the first film, by the intercession of supernatural forces, he is made to understand his past. He is forced to remember that he was the cause of his own sadness and that here are others who see the good within him, even though it is hidden. These reminders help him to break his chains of sadness.

Even in a period of true horror, the trenches of the Great War, the first Christmas in 1914 was marked by a spontaneous expression of comradeship between enemy soldiers on the Western Front. This too is shown in a film, “Joyeux Noel”. Tragically this unofficial truce lasted only one day and the killing continued on the next.

We are the gifts

The season of Christmas reminds us that we are all capable of changing our behavior, even if the saddest aspect is that all too often we forget this during the rest of the year. Our lives have become much too competitive and we do not understand that being completive does not automatically mean that we must break the codes of behavior for civilized competition.

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This is the intrinsic reason the season has been accepted even by those that do not necessarily follow the Christian faith and even by those who do not believe in any religion.

Every time we invite someone to dinner at our house for the season because we know that that they would be alone on the day is the recognition of our capacity to do good deeds. Every time we buy gifts from those groups that use the season to raise funds for charities is the sign we knowingly want to extend the good to others.

Yes, there will be those who justifiably denounce the commercialization of the season, but that does not take away the fact that many of us do change during this brief period. The saddest thing is not the commercialization, it is the simple fact that too many are incapable of maintaining this change for the rest of the year.

A year-long season?

Religious or no religious, human beings are capable of doing good and Christmas is the season that reminds us of this truth that the bad news all often hides from us. Rather, it should remind us that the only way to properly recognize the season is not in the feasts and in the gifts, but by extending the goodness to the rest of the year.

It will seem naïve to many, but the proper Christmas gift to all, Christians and not, is not to respect this goodness for two weeks, but in all our lives. Merry Christmas! #Movies