Some years ago one of our parish priests said something in a homily that stuck with me ever since.
He said that no two Christmases are the same. The day and its meaning may be the same, but we change each year, making each one new and different.
Of course it's absolutely true. Christmas at age 4 is very different from Christmas at age 14 - or age 44. As we go through life, holidays in particular become colored by our experiences - for good or ill.
Christmas is a very emotional holiday because its associations are so strong. The message of joy and hope is often buried under the desire for material goods and family drama. Lately, the left has tried to make it a political event, an opportunity for the young and clueless to hector their relatives with talking points.
All of this is a distraction. Each Christmas is a new beginning, a celebration of a miraculous event. If we are wise, we can draw upon the fond memories of past holidays and blend them with this newness.
Merry Christmas to all of our readers!