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Christmas is a Special Time

by Murray Montgomery
Murray Montgomery
Christmas has always been a special time of the year in our family. Getting together with our loved ones on Christmas Eve is something that we look forward to all year long.

Ever since I can remember, we always go to over to my parentís house for the get together. Up until last year, Momma would always fix the meal for everybody Ė usually it would be turkey and ham with all the other side dishes like broccoli casserole, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, fruit salad, and all kind of pies. You name it and Momma had it. And Daddy has his special thing to do (besides eating) and that is making those stuffed jalapeno peppers Ė I usually eat way too many of these.

Last year everyone figured that Momma deserved a break and other family members took up the slack and fixed the meal. The gathering was held at my brotherís house, so she didnít have to worry about cleaning up after the mob. I donít know why anyone would think that she needed a break; after all sheís only been doing this about 60 years or more.

But this year sheís back at it, on a limited basis, and will fix the ham and turkey. She said the rest of our bunch could provide the other goodies. But Iíd be willing to bet that she will still do more than she should.

Somewhere about the time I reached middle age, it came to me that my folks really knew the true meaning of Christmas, and I didnít. For example; I remember, on more than one occasion, sitting down to eat the holiday feast with a stranger seated on each side of me. ďWhatís this,Ē I thought, ďisnít this Christmas meal supposed to be just for me and the rest of our family, not some people Iíve never seen!Ē

When I asked who these strangers were, Momma replied, ďOh they are part of a construction crew working on the road in front of the house. They are a married couple from another state and they didnít have family here to spend Christmas with, so we invited them to join us.Ē

My folks are like that. Theyíve never really met a stranger because it seems that after they know someone for only a short while, they become lifelong friends.

In later years, I realized that inviting strangers for Christmas dinner is the right thing to do and we probably should do it more often. After all, the whole meaning of the holiday is to show love for your fellow man Ė at least thatís the way I was taught.

Itís sad that this spirit of giving is only apparent at this time of the year. I figure that if we would show compassion and love for others all year long, it might just make this old world a better place to live. I am proud to say that my folks have this outlook all the time.

Over the years, Christmas has become commercialized and many of todayís children donít know the reason for the celebration other than itís a time to receive gifts. Again, itís up to the parents to teach them the true meaning of the holiday.

Some in the news media now tell us that Christmas isnít really politically correct. In other words, if we celebrate the birth of Christ we might offend someone. Iím not a religious fanatic but the last time I looked Christians made up 80 per cent of this countryís population. That is certainly a majority and how we can let a handful of people decide what we should call this special event is beyond me.

In our family, the holiday is called ďChristmasĒ and we have ďChristmas trees.Ē Thatís the way we were taught and thatís what we taught our kids. I trust our children are teaching their little ones the same values that their ancestors possessed.

Merry Christmas and God Bless.
© Murray Montgomery
Lone Star Diary
December 20, 2005 Column
 
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