One of the most fun things about Christmas is that there is always some party you can attend! There are all sorts of parties. House parties, mall parties, hotel parties, company parties and Christmas-themed parties.
Christmas is a happy time. It is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, of God entering human reality and is accessible to us anywhere for all times. This does not mean that we can ask whatever we want and — like a vending machine, out the answer will be delivered! No, no! It’s a lifelong learning experience of the exercise of faith through all the good and bad that happens to all human beings and, somehow, seeing through it all the reality of that Birth, of Immanuel, God with us.
That is good news! And, we celebrate it with gusto! On Christmas day, we go to church to be reminded of the Person we celebrate and are spiritually recharged. After that, it’s party time! We put aside our cares and take time to spread the cheer of the hope in our midst with others — family, friends and whoever else who wants to rejoice with us!
Christmas parties range from the irreligious to the religious! Some church services even are party-like! There’ll be carolling, singing, drama, dancing (all very appropriate) and a short message. Some people like that. The most common, however, are the house parties, mostly for family, relatives and friends. There’ll be a great deal of mingling, of course, over food!
Some of the house parties may have some spiritual aspects like a prayer over food and some spiritual sharing. Some may do all the praying before the party begins! But, in most cases, the house parties are non-religious and social in nature. In other words, there’s a party somewhere that you can fit right in because Christmas is not exclusive; it is not a Christian-only affair. Christmas cheer is for all. Anyone can enjoy Christmas!
If you don’t get invited to a Christmas party, it is a clear indication that you are not connected to the community. That’s all the more reason, why you need to attend a Christmas party — whether it’s a party or a more religious event like a church service (there are many church services which are very no-nonsense — no tinsel, no glitter, no Christmas trees, no decor, very spiritual, straight and staid, if you prefer that!). Go somewhere and be with people, but don’t be alone!
Go to a party where you know at least one or two people. But, don’t go anywhere which will stress you out! Especially if are feeling the blues around Christmas or going through a difficult time. Go somewhere where the positive vibes will cheer you up. Somehow, it makes things bearable and gives you a gentle nudge to keep going.
If you didn’t get an invitation this Christmas, get to know someone who can take you to one of your preference next Christmas! You won’t regret it!
Merry Christmas, everyone!