It Isn't Christmas Anymore

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The last few years, Christmas came and went, without the passion, pleasure or joy that was embodied in that holiday and celebration in the past. After putting up my Christmas decorations in 2019, I took them all down within days, and they have stayed down. For me, the holidays were over, not only Christmas, but most holiday as well. I have felt utterly exhausted, emotionally and physically, by the political and ideological shenanigans taking place in our country.

IT ISN'T CHRISTMAS ANYMORE

By Al Garcia

The last few years, Christmas came and went, without the passion, pleasure or joy that was embodied in that holiday and celebration in the past.  After putting up my Christmas decorations in 2019, I took them all down within days, and they have stayed down.  For me, the holidays were over, not only Christmas, but most holiday as well.  I have felt utterly exhausted, emotionally and physically, by the political and ideological shenanigans taking place in our country.  The spirit of the holidays is gone, at least what there was of it.  The feeling of joy and of hope that should prevail during the Christmas holiday, was replaced by a tiredness and a dullness that no other Christmases had ever had.  And I felt dejected and doleful of the days and weeks that followed.  And it isn’t Christmas anymore. 

Instead of hearing the sound of Christmas carols in the air, I hear the voices of discord and friction across our land.  Instead of church bells ringing to herald in the message of the season, I hear the roar of hatred and of rancor drowning out the sounds of Christmas and of the approaching day that gifted us the ray of hope that sowed the seeds of faith and fidelity.  And it isn’t Christmas anymore. 

I sensed the desecration of the meaning and significance of the Christmas I used to know.  Gone was the character, honor, civility and integrity of this one Nation under God.  What once defined us a nation – trust, decency, morality and civility – now replaced by the normalcy of hate, conspiracies and blame.  We have become a nation devoid of pride and of dignity.  We have abandoned the spirit of our conception and formation.  We have become a divided and broken nation of weak and disillusioned followers of lies and distortions, crafted and uttered by unprincipled and deceitful leaders.  And when I saw that occurring around me during that time of year -- it just isn’t Christmas anymore.

I saw and heard the once silent majority.  Those with deep-rooted hatreds of every kind and against everyone except their kind.  They are not silent anymore.  The serpent has been let loose in our garden of promise and of hope.  The Christmas tree, symbolizing the spirit of the Christmas season and the everlasting life and sacrifice of that child born in a manger, now replaced by the symbol of greed and power – with golden towers reflecting the image of soulless and desperate men with treacherous minds and empty hearts.And it isn’t Christmas anymore, when I see evil hearts replace the searching souls of three wise men who believed in miracles and in dreams. 

I am tired and exhausted by the lies and by the treachery of men who have forsaken their oaths of allegiance to nation and to God, and by those blinded by pure ambition.  I am disgusted by the arrogance of power and greed by those who ignore the obvious and instead seek to hide and speak beneath the shadows of deceit and duplicity, and by those who stand behind these architects of hate and distrust.  It isn’t Christmas anymore when the heart feels empty of the grace and charity of faith and of inspiration that Christmas used to bring.

Christmas used to make me feel virtuous and complete.  Christmas used to fill my heart with the silent beauty of a rainbow, while my dreams, like a mountain stream, overflowed with the power and the fury of nature’s might and the promise of what could be.  That was the power and the force of Christmas past, when there was harmony in the air and when the spirit of good men prevailed despite whatever differences or conflicts.  Christmas was a time of the return to the civility and enlightenment of our humanity, and the nurturing of our instinctual nature of sharing and of caring.  Instead, this season is filled with the spite and hostility of a fermenting and festering evil that permeates the coldness of unmoving and unfeeling human hearts.  And it isn’t Christmas anymore, when my heart cannot feel the reason for the season. 

How sad to lose the feeling that used to being me joy this time of year.  How cheerless and depressing to keep hearing without ending, disparaging and denigrating words that malign the season.  It is the words and the actions that I keep hearing and seeing in these days before Christmas that have defiled and debased the meaning of what Christmas used to be. 

It isn’t Christmas anymore – it’s the new normal in America – a new barren landscape devoid of decency, of caring and of sharing.


Submitted: May 26, 2021

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