Dec 22, 2008

Absurd: Is Christmas Absurd?





Here we are, the family at Christmas, some of us secular, some religious, poised to celebrate its lovely pagan roots, the winter solstice, the evergreen-ness and penetrating fragrance of the tree, the wreath; the candlelight.

Is it absurd to celebrate this holiday when we are surrounded by social devastation, a house of cards foreclosed, collapsed, some of us unsheltered, unnourished?

Has Christmas been an absurdity all along? Or has it always been our oasis, our respite from society’s ills, from our personal sorrows and trials, this gleaming, warming day of diversion, reconciliation, pleasure, a personal expression of humanity, of our hopes for peace, of our joy?

With much love,
ama

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