I think if we all knew the true history of Christmas we would be appalled. I’ve always been a bit of a rebel. I don’t see it as the day Christ was born as we do not know which day he was born, but a celebration that he was born. I think Handel did too when he wrote his oratorio, The Messiah (see above for my favorite part, the one that gives me Christmas spirit each year). He saw his work as an acclamation to the “Mystery of Godliness.” I see it as a time to remind us to make sacrifices and to treat others as we would like to be treated, so I guess I am trying to understand this mystery as well. I do it as an homage to Jesus Christ’s birth. I am a Christian. I am proud of that. But I also have friends who are Buddhists, Muslims, Jewish, Atheists, Agnostics and Wiccans. I am not God. It is not my place to decide whether these people will make it to Heaven. I am trying to do so, but I know my relationship with God is one on one. I view the birth of Jesus as God’s gift to us and I choose to imitate Him through giving of myself to my family, friends and even strangers. So in that vein, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Hanukkah. I wish peace for you and yours and on earth. I wish that we could find truth. That our pains be lessened. That we think of others before we think of ourselves. That we forgive those who have wronged us and find a way to communicate with those who are difficult. I wish that we would treat our earth, the animals, elderly people, our military, children and widows and widowers with kindness and care. I wish that those who have afflictions find cures. I wish that we would shine a light on evil and conquer it, whether it be in our government, neighborhood or home. I wish that we could be better people. I wish that we could rise above. I wish that you find the things that make you happy, but not at the expense of others. I wish that we could just be honest with ourselves. I wish that all people who are lonely find companionship…and all those suffering find peace. I wish that we all tell those we love how much we love them. And I wish for forgiveness from and to our enemies and those who have wronged us. We cannot do these things alone, but we can try. God Bless each of you reading this and make 2018 a year of change…towards being better people, being more thankful for what we have and who we are and unveiling truths…for those are sometimes mysteries as well.