Ultimately, however, when it comes down to the nitty gritty details, one would also have to answer questions regarding how these beautiful emotions and memories are connected to the chaotic and hysteric commercial and media induced phenomena of the weeks leading up to Christmas. What does all the shopping and wrapping paper have to do with peace on earth? Ignoring this would be like ignoring a pink elephant in the room. What is important is not the disconnection between the majesty of the season and the superficial gift giving, but rather the fact that generally, none of those presents caught the sentiment we were searching for, didn’t shout what we wanted it to say.
Someone foreign to the concept of Christmas might further inquire, don’t you always hope for world peace? Must there really be a season for good will? Moreover, if you truly love one another, genuinely hold someone in your heart, why not simply say it instead of stressing about the perfect gift? Deep down however, most of us are thinking the same thing: that for all the racing and running in circles during the Christmas rush, for all the media-hyped superficiality at the end of the year and the beginning of the new one, this is most especially a holiday of spirit, a day of humility and sharing. What we want, on December 25th, is to feel the warmth of love and to believe that we live in a world that lives up to the honour and purity of that sentiment.