Christmas is Here
Andrew Parker - December 24, 2021

Changes

By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

Christmas is celebrated every year on the 25th of December. It’s a time for Christians all around the world to come together and celebrate this day with lots of happiness, cheerfulness, sweetness, and excitement. Christmas can also represent hope and goodness in one’s own self. Christmas is a holiday about sharing. It’s a time for us to share our joy and happiness with other people, especially the less fortunate ones who have no smiles on their faces. Christmas is also a day of being grateful because we could enjoy all these amazing things that God has given us every single day of the year.

 

Christmas dinner table at festive cozy room background with Christmas tree

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Christmas is also about the spirit of giving. It’s a time when you give not just because it’s nice to give, but also because you know that someone else out there needs it more than you do. We should always try our best to be grateful and thankful for whatever we have, no matter how big or small it may seem. Christmas is not just another day. It has so many different meanings and stories associated with it. It’s also a time for us to be honest to ourselves and express our true feelings (and thoughts) about the things, people, and events in our lives. Most importantly, it’s a time for us to be grateful for all the amazing blessings God has generously given us.

The word “Christmas” comes from the words “Cristo” which means “Christ” in English, and “Mas” which means ‘Mass’ in Spanish. In other words, Christmas is a holiday celebrating the birth of Christ. But Christmas isn’t about the birth of Christ alone. Christmas is also a time for celebration and giving, which can be seen through all the things we do during this time such as decorating our houses with bright colors and lights, singing carols at churches and other public gatherings, exchanging gifts with loved ones, and family members (and even total strangers), visiting friends and family members and having festive meals. Merry Christmas everyone!