This I Believe

karissa - roslyn, Pennsylvania
Entered on December 10, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30

This I Believe

These are few of my favorite things; the music, the movies, the sounds and laughter, the excitement in the eyes of children of all ages. I like the fact that during this time of year I have a good excuse to go to the mall, when all I really want to do is get out of the house. I like guessing and hoping and eagerly expecting a certain something under the tree. In enjoy the festivities and traditions of not only my family, but of families all over the world. I’m just a simple dreamer and a big kid for my age, but then again isn’t this the time when we should be? Maybe I’m just too sentimental, whatever the case I believe in Christmas.

Yes, I believe in snow and sleigh bells. I believe that going caroling can really lift up the spirits of an elderly person who might not be able to get outside as easy as others and that that is away to bring the Christmas Spirit to them. I believe that a Christmas Carol and the Grinch who Stole Christmas teaches some of the most important lessons we can learn in life. These simple stories teach people what Christmas is truly about, giving. I believe in the immaculate conception of baby Jesus. The gift of his life makes the holiday possible for all of us to enjoy and celebrate.

I believe in everything that Christmas represents! Christmas represent peace, joy, hope, love and all in all goodwill for Humanity. Christmas is a time when all seems right in the world. Life’s stresses and troubles can slow down for just a minute when houses are light with candles, wreathes, bows and other holiday decorations. The worries of work can be soothed for just a moment if a weary businessman dare to take breather and flip on the T.V and not turn on the news to watch the stock market, but turn on “A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life” or “Miracle on 34th Street,”.

I’m not saying that Christmastime doesn’t have sorrows. Even Christmas isn’t immune to the pain of everyday life. Christmas, can indeed become one of the most stressful times of the year, but that is not how Christmas should be. It should be a time to enjoy family and friends and not get caught up in the materialistic aspects of the season. The Materialistic aspects make the holiday stressful. It should be a time with family and friends and to celebrate the gifts of love shared between these souls. Though money may wax thin during the days of Christmas shopping that does not mean that a person cannot give, because a homemade present has a value that will last when paper money has stopped circulating. Gifts from the heart are never too small, they are never too expensive and they are never out of style.

One time my family invited a Muslim man, from Tunisia, to have Christmas with us. I’m pretty sure that Mr. Uni did not plan on celebrating Christmas that year. He became associated with our family because of my mom’s job. My mother is a social worker and there fore encounters many clients from all walks of life. My mom took a special interest in Mr. Uni because he reminded her of my not long deceased grandfather. What we came to find is that just as we were mourning the physical separation we felt from my grandfather’s death Mr. Uni was also mourning the separation that had occurred between him and his family. It had been several years since he had been able to return to his native country. He was a lonely man in a foreign country isolated from the unity and love of family. That Christmas Mr. Uni received the gift of family. He experienced the warmth and joy that Christmas should bring. He experienced food and fellowship and encouragement. We also received gifts from Mr. Uni; he also taught us about family and friends also he bought gifts for all of us. Many of the gifts were from his country. I received a beautiful stuffed animal. It was a large white tiger that I named “Iberia” and I still have that toy now. In conclusion Christmas is so much more than a day on the calendar. It is a time for loved ones to gather close to one another. It is a time for traditions to be born; it is a time for peace, love and joy to reign in the hearts of all mankind. These are things I believe in.