Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. The snow, lights, ice skating, treats, fun, and the opportunity to give to others have always been the highlights for me. Whether the giving is to your family, friends, or someone in need there is always an opportunity to give, and Christmas seems to bring out that service in people.
One thing, I think, which has gotten lost in all of these activities however is truly why we celebrate this time of year. There are so many things to get lost in: the lights, sounds, and smells of the season, the hustle and bustle of shopping, finals, work, etc. however people tend to want to get lost in those things. They like the feeling of shopping, looking at the change in decoration, etc. but they don't take the time to remember why this time of year IS this time of year.
The word Christmas used to be seen in every store window, and heard from every mouth wishing their friends and family happy holidays, however now the word 'Christ' has been taken out of the phrase and replaced with an 'x'. That would be like saying "Happy xday" for a birthday, or "Happy x of July", it just doesn't make sense. I think it is easier to abbreviate this holiday for fear of offending someone. There is no need to worry about offending someone with the words "Birthday or 4th" which are associated with other holidays. We need to remember this holiday is being celebrated in honor of the birthday of Christ.
Yes, there are new decorations, fun activities and treats, and opportunities to give, however let us not forget the person who gave us more than we could ever give away.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy Holiday season.