Christmas – A fest of peace and joy

Published on December 24, 2005

By Lalmoia Misao

December 24, 2005: December 25, known and celebrated universally as the festival of Christmas is a beacon of peace, joy and happiness for all men of goodwill. It’s in that spirit the world has come to recognise the significance and profound meaning of giving, sharing and loving. Christian values are rekindled by both, families and individuals giving new meaning to family bonds and values through expressions of love and service.

To give and to share has no barriers or limitations regardless of the society we live in, whether in Manipur our outside. All of us are born equal, but circumstances leads us to our individual destinies. Yet, in a relentless effort to script our success, we have all but forgotten those unfortunate people left out in this mad race. Is this because most of us are too self-centred? Do Christmas values have significance only at Christmas time? However, if we only pause to look around, we will discover to our surprise, that in a fast moving and rapidly changing, that in a fast moving and rapidly changing ‘dog-bite-dog’ world, there are thankfully, some islands of hope of love and of concern for the have nots’ and for the economically weaker sections of our society.

This post-modern psyche of the traditional Christmas carol will be seized upon by critics who deplore the commercialisation of the yuletide season. True, the jungle bells associated with X-mas are increasingly associated with the chimes of cash registers ringing up sales, as Santa goes laughing ‘Ho, ho, ho’… all the way to the bank. Christmas has become a money-spinning industry, thanks to greeting cards, gifts, get-together and the other bells and crackers of celebration.

No doubt, Christmas symbolistes the true essence of love – an occasion when giving is more pleasurable than receiving, when joy and good cheer penetrate every heart and home and happiness reigns supreme.

The question that begs an answer is ‘should such happiness be a one day annual event, or can we stretch the feeling of Christmas to last the whole year’. My answer is an empathetic ‘yes’, no matter what or who I (author) am?’ We must do this now; else never’. For as the noted writer Grellet has said “I expect to pass through this world but once… Any good therefore I can do or any kindness I can show to my fellow creatures, let me do it now – for I shall not pass this again”. It may seem strange, but it’s also true that some of our finest successfully, social projects were dreamed of and nurtured by a single person who was possessed by a sense of determination and a mind set to contribute to the welfare of society. Look around this small Imphal-city and you will find some true noble projects such as children home, drop-in-centre, free turtorial home (for children living below poverty line) and so on… All these institutions have one common feature about them – these are conceptualised by individuals who had no finances, but are blessed with laudable ideas and the motivation to serve the people.

Just two years ago, when I first came in contact with charitable activities, the impact was so-great and rewarding that it entered every pore of my heart, such that today, I feel glad I had given some of my time and knowledge to such causes with this limited talent that God had given me. However, let me add that what I and my family have received in so hugely satisfying, that it has no comparison to what I had given.

So, all of us young and old alike poor and rich, have a duty to give, to share and to heed the call of the less unfortunate of our churches, society, nation’s and the whole world. Therefore, Christmas is a time of many gifts and the greatest of those gift is Christmas itself which brings us all together to rejoice in our common joys and cares.