December is here! It’s the end of the year, the holidays have begun and Christmas is just round the corner. Folks, this is the month to let your hair down, have fun, enjoy one another and party a little!
So, if you notice that the temperatures are rising, go to the mall, listen to the non-stop playing of Christmas songs, stand next to a Christmas tree, be dazzled by the decor, then, go to a nearby shop and have a drink — give retailers some business! — and take some friends with you!
What with the scheduled Dec 8 rally to “celebrate” the cancellation of the government’s ratification of Icerd (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) and the Seafield clashes, I think this is a good season to simmer down and make peace with one another.
What’s the point of a Dec 8 rally when it’s only a political gimmick? It benefits no one except in raising temperatures and getting brownie points from those who don’t want to change and move forward.
What’s the point of getting racial over the Seafield clashes when it was an isolated incident involving a temple and a (or a few) developers over its land? It benefits no one except those who want to turn it into a racial issue and disrupt the peace and harmony that we want preserved so that we can move forward as a progressive nation.
Tis’ the season to be jolly! So, let’s get into the spirit of the season and welcome all to take a break from the harsh realities of life. The Christmas season is not exclusive, it is inclusive. All can celebrate, whether or not you believe in our faith.
Visit the malls, join Christians as they celebrate. Churches usually have many programmes for members and their families and friends.
One event that non-Christians can attend is the Christmas celebration that City Revival Church is organising on Sunday, Dec 16 at the Holiday Villa, Subang Jaya. There will be a charity bazaar and a concert in aid of its two orphanages.
The concert, starting at 7pm, will feature saxophonist Brad White (American) who was nominated twice for the Grammy awards. The concert will also feature our very own illusionist Anslem Roy. The children from the orphanages will also give a presentation. The concert is free but an offering bag will be passed around for donations. The charity bazaar opens at 5.30pm.
Calvary Church (the church I attend) will also have its Christmas services on Dec 22 at Damansara Heights and the next day at the Calvary Convention Centre in Bukit Jalil.
There will be worshipful singing and dancing and you can expect to enjoy it! The service on Sunday at Bukit Jalil will be followed by a Christmas fest of stalls and food trucks.
Like the above, the church near you will have something for you, your family and friends, whether you are a Christian or not.
So, let’s spread the Christmas cheer and keep people happy and at peace!