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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Reason for the Season of Christmas (12/04/08)

TITLE: Small Words, Big Thought
By Jason Collins
12/06/08


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I would have to say that I honestly have no Idea what the true reason for Christmas is, and I truly am so, so very sorry to crush your hopes for a nice little self-explanatory package. To be completely honest does anybody really, I mean REALLY know? I have been asked this question in the past and I have usually summed it up in two words, “Jesus” and “Family”. I have to wonder why some will say it is one thing and the next person will say the other or maybe something completely different, but for some reason everybody I have asked seems to agree to some extent that those two words do a pretty fair job.

Another couple of words I could use would be “Happiness” and “Joy” and those words, although not quite as hard hitting as the previous two, do have a resounding clap when put in context with Children. The one thing I can never get enough of is watching those little whippersnappers taking it upon themselves to jump out of bed, before the crack of dawn, to find out what wonderful things await their spastic little fingers beneath the Christmas tree. Then comes the uncanny Joy-- that feeling way down deep inside -- that follows when the carnage of wrapping paper is sent flying through the air. That moment when nothing in the world matters for that one brief moment, at least for myself, that feeling of wholeness that seems sporadic at any other time of the year. I wish it was like that every day, but that is just being greedy.

There are two more words that should probably be added in here as well, “Peace” and “Love”. I am not referring to the stereotypical version of these two words that the 1960’s and 1970’s chanted like some type of mantra. I am thinking more of the type of feeling you find while doing the things you really enjoy, such as reading a good book beneath a warm fuzzy blanket, while sipping a steaming cup of Earl Grey. Or maybe something like watching a good show on an uneventful night, feet resting upon a footstool, gently caressing your favorite pet. These are things that you find through out the season and make the year seem like a hard won battle, knowing you survived once again. A thought that gives you hopes for then next year’s new and wonderful challenges to come, but not today.

All these words no matter how big or small can help others come to their own conclusions about what the reasons for the Christmas season are, but I still have to say that the family and friends you have been given are only there by the grace of God. In my opinion, those things that bring you seemingly limitless happiness and joy throughout the year are the same things that fill your heart with love and give you that inner peace everyone has known at some point. Why not celebrate such wonders and miracles during the season that brought us the birth of Jesus; After all, the season is rightfully named Christ-Mas, isn’t it?


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