If I could design Christmas, this is what I’d do:
I’d keep the tree, the carols, the special meal.
I’d keep the goodwill, and I’d make it a holiday for everyone.
We’d each receive one gift from our family. Just one. Only one.
And we’d spend the week before Christmas not in a mad rush about the shops, working out what to buy, but in volunteer work. Helping out at charities…giving our time to nature care…cleaning beaches and tending public gardens.
There would be no religion, no Jesus, no Churches, no guilt, no divisions between people. Just one humanity, caring for each other.
And Christmas would be a time to reflect, to share our love, to remember that what really matters is the joy and love we bring to others in this life.
So that would be my Christmas. It would be simple, sweet, caring, giving.
Merry Christmas from Dunedin, New Zealand.