"There are eight hundred happy texts (in the Bible), did you know that? Yes, well there are. And do you know, my father said that if God took the trouble to tell us eight hundred times to be glad and rejoice, He must have wanted us to do it." from the movie Pollyanna (1951)
When I was little I used to watch 'Little House on the Prairie'. One day, I heard a song that made me cry and it was called 'Go Tell It On The Mountain'. To this day, I can't listen or sing this song without crying. For me, this song describes what Christmas is all about.
The song 'Go Tell It on Mountain' is an African-American spiritual. The lyrics mention how afraid the Shepard's were yet, they had nothing to fear. The lyrics talk about being imperfect yet, after asking God for help, he does. Jesus Christ is born and God came down to share the joyous news of His gift to us. For that reason, a Sophisticate has every reason to celebrate because Christmas marks a time when a promise of happiness, hope in the world, and in our life was born.
Isn't that what Christmas is all about? Being happy? Not being afraid? Not being perfect yet, being able to ask for help? Having nothing to fear? Even in the worse circumstances having the belief and ability to hope for something better? Isn't Christmas about being happy with life and with those you love so much that you sing it from the rooftops? Isn't that why we put a shining star or an angel at the top of our Christmas tree? Isn't Christmas about being appreciative of the existence of love in our life and wanting to express it? Isn't that why we give gifts to those we love and those who may need love in their life?
"Christmas Day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp; Christmas Day will always be, so long as we have we!" lyrics from The Whoville Christmas Song from the animated movie 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' (1966)
A Sophisticate keeps Christmas in her heart because a Sophisticate is not afraid, she is imperfect but asks for help. A Sophisticate may or may not be religious in the sense where she goes to church every Sunday but she loves with all of her heart and knows that God wants her to celebrate. A Sophisticate gives of herself in the face of any circumstance or situation she may face. Even if she is alone with no one around for Christmas in reality, she knows that is not the case.
A Sophisticate knows the birth of Jesus means we don't have to be alone. Christmas is about salvation and celebration. A Sophisticate holds Christmas in her heart and celebrates the meaning of what the holiday means not just in December but every day. In the end, a Sophisticate not only celebrates Christmas by singing at church or along with her favorite Christmas songs in celebration. More importantly, she sings through her actions of love, kindness, and sacrifice towards others. ;D