A Sophisticate Celebrates Christmas

"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)

During my whole Cancer journey or fight, with every obstacle I found something to be glad about. The youthful optimism and imagination that I had as a child came back to me. That is, except for Christmas.

I was half way through Chemotherapy when Christmas came around. The first four Chemo sessions were the hardest. By the end of the fourth round, my body and my spirits were at a low. I couldn't fake it anymore. At that moment, I took my mother's advice and focused on others. I decided to start giving charitable donations such as St. Jude's. Going through Chemotherapy as an adult was hard enough to get through as an adult and couldn't bear to imagine going through as a child.

"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)

My Dad came to visit. I didn't have  a tree and my Dad and I exchanged no gifts. Yet, we had a good time. There was happiness and laughter. It was then I realized what the movie "The Grinch" was about and why they call it "celebrating" Christmas. 

"We spirits of Christmas do not live only one day of our year. We live the whole 365. So is it true of the child born in Bethlehem. He does not live in men's hearts only one day of the year, but in all the days of the year. You have chosen not to seek him in your heart. Therefore, you shall come with me and seek him in the hearts of men of good will." from 'A Christmas Carol'

Christmas trees, presents, wreaths, and all the holiday trimmings are nice but Christmas comes regardless. The spirit of Christmas exists 365 days a year, because love exists 365 days of the year.

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. 

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.

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