Happy Holidays

“How many observe Christ’s Birthday? How few, His Precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep holidays than Commandments.”                                                                    

–Benjamin Franklin

Well, well, well! The time has come once again! The time of the year when we pull all the plugs in the spirit of Celebration! Time for Christmas shopping, gift wrapping, the wait for midnight to open our presents that Santa made sure to deliver on-time, time for family get-together and endless parties, time to spread cheers while hiding our own pain within! The time to give and receive gifts, time to do some charity and feed the poor, time to do some community service with a trip to the local soup kitchen and time to spend with family, leaving all stress behind until the day Credit Card bills start coming in!

It is a great feeling how swiftly the year has gone by. Each year we have the same story how fast the year went and each year we make new resolutions that hardly ever go past the first month, if at all!

Holiday season is a great blessing to the local businesses as their very survival depends upon the support of the community that they serve. The big box stores have been constantly stealing away from them by offering Mega Discounts. Online shopping has also made a huge dent in already teetering retail as we know today. But no one knows how long we can survive the onslaught of the virtual world on the brick and mortar stores. It is anybody’s guess. In the name of celebration, let us support our local businesses as much as we reasonably can!

Coming back to the festive spirit, let us keep in mind the above quote that is a stark reminder for us to not just remember Christ the Redeemer but also His 10 Commandments. And why just remember them and not emulate in our daily lives? Why do we only become generous in the month of December and not in January or throughout the year?

Imagine the plight of the poor, the needy, the homeless and those fallen on misfortune! What makes us think that feeding them all at once will take care of their hunger pangs throughout the year?

It is not my intent to give a sermon or quote the Holy Bible to recite the 10 Commandments as I assume we all know them already, in one form or another. What makes me say that? To the best of my knowledge and belief, every religion teaches us practically the same things: to be honest, upright and sincere towards our Maker, towards one another and towards those less fortunate. We are also taught never to lie under any circumstances, not to steal from anyone, not to harm or hurt anybody and devote a part of our day in His Service. There are many other variations to the above teachings as we go from one country to another and from one ethnicity to another. However, they all teach us to develop generosity as a trait.

I wonder what makes us adopt generosity as a one-time trait, at the end of the year, during the festivities when we tend to spend like there was no tomorrow. Soon the tomorrow happens our life falls back into the same old churning mill of stress, workload, bill payments, time strains, family obligations and so much more…

Let us resolve to revisit our priorities and make the community, an integral part of the same, on a regular basis, the community we live in and call our own. Let us set aside a certain percentage of each Paycheck for those less fortunate in our neighborhood. Let us tighten our belts just a tad more in favor of those that can’t even afford one. Let us make it a habit to help the needy on a regular basis so our generosity does not pour out all at once, at this festive time of the year. Let us start to celebrate life itself as a festival each day, every day and give in that spirit to make this world a little bit more joyous…


Bharat Mathur
Bharat Mathur
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  1. Thank You Chris for your kind words of affinity with my thought process and taking it way further! If only we could imbibe His teachings in our everyday life, we can then celebrate Christmas every day of the year and have the deprived and the needy celebrate with us too!

  2. Bharat,
    What a beautiful article. To remember our towns, our villages, our cities every day, not just on this wondrous birthday of Baby Jesus is probably, if I dare speak for the Holy Babe, a lesson He would want us to learn and live. Someone pointed out the other day that our brothers and sisters do not, necessarily, only live close to us, that our generosity can, indeed, spread a bit across lands and oceans without guilt. I think that, too, is a good point. Blessings to all.
    Chris Ciccone

    • Technology makes the world so interconnected, distance should not be an issue for showing concern, kindness, and, yes, even love across the miles. And the opposite is true. I think we sometimes forget about people living in our communities because technology has expanded our boarders and we are still finite individuals. Technology can bring the far away close and move the close far away. I appreciate the pledge you end with. I would like to add one more, a simple statement. Let us be aware.

    • Thank You Ms Jane for the Value Addiiton in creating awareness. This happens to be one of the foremost traits of humanity: to be awarer of our surroundings in all respects. This is what creates a feeling of belonging and prompts us to feel others’ pain and suffereing. If we continue to live in our own coccoon, distance between communities will only continue to grow.

  3. Wonderful heartwarming post, Bharat. I celebrate Christmas because of Jesus Christ. He taught us to give and serve. The Bible says ‘to whom much has been given, much will be expected’ to me that means I should be thankful environmental for what I have to share it with others.

  4. My dear friend Bharat, you have written a powerful message that should remind all of us that in thanking God for the blessing we have received brings the added commitment of sharing those blessings with others so that His love is extended to all. Thank you for this message of hope and grace.

    • I deeply appreciate your kind words, Len Sir! I just tried to pour my feelings out in the hope that I might find some common belief somewhere. It is humbling for me to get such warmth from a man of your stature to concur with me on this important issue that we see in our daily lives but fail to absorb, comment on but refuse to imbibe.

      Thank You and Much Love with Warm Regards!