i am a firm believer in the spirit of christmas. i believe it is a time of magic and possibility. i believe it is the one time of the year where people might really think in terms of peace on earth and goodwill toward men. i believe it is a time when people are generally, genuinely, happy.
i believe. will all my heart.
and then something terrible happens. something unfathomable. a week before christmas. and my heart, every one's heart, breaks apart. and it seems like there might not be a way to feel happy ever again. let alone at christmas. next week.
but this is when we need christmas the most. we need to hold on to the idea of peace on earth. we need to tell everyone we know that we love them, that they are loved, and give them a hug. we need to bake cookies with our children, and let them use as many sprinkles as they want. we need to wish strangers a merry christmas, or a happy holiday, or just smile at them and wish them well. give tidings of comfort. and joy.
and we need to remember that, while our hearts are broken, there are some whose hearts are shattered. and maybe, just maybe, if we can love, if we can find some way to be happy... maybe, just maybe, some of that love, some of that happiness, will find it's way to where it is needed most.
it won't fix everything. it might not fix anything. but it will help.
i believe that.
there are so many reasons to run away and hide. to bury our heads in the sand. to fall into a sobbing heap. to crawl under the covers and never come out.
but i don't want to do that.
i want to smile at strangers, and hug my loved ones, and let kids cover cookies with sprinkles, and sing christmas carols while i wrap presents, and think in terms of peace on earth and goodwill toward men.
i want to make god and buddha and george harrison and john lennon and buddy the elf proud.
because i believe in the spirit of christmas. i believe, in spite of everything, that happiness is possible. even when it doesn't seem so. i believe that love is the answer.
i believe. with all my heart.
i just hope someone else does, too.