No Debates Here
Every year the same debate rages on! What is the true meaning of Christmas? Do you know the reason for the season? Is it a pagan festival or was Jesus really born at this time? On and on and on it goes. Personally, I have learned to tune it out and will not engage. My only concern during this, the most wonderful time of the year, are the Christmas Angels that come out to play, bless and rejoice all that is merry and bright.
Whether you are a believer of the birth of Jesus as the reason for the season or you have some other understanding, it matters not to me. What matters most is what I see playing out in my second home, Canada, coincidentally at this time – Christmas Angels welcoming those who literally could find no place for their heads. We call them refugees but in the spirit of the season, I prefer to refer to them as “transitioning” from their places of birth to the place that will give them true rest.
Christmas Angels of The Week
This is not a political blog nor am I going to discuss the merits of welcoming the Syrian people transitioning to Canada and other countries that are being Christmas Angels. Actually, on a Friday as regular readers know this post is a roundup of the week’s most visited articles. Looking at the statistics earlier, I decided to highlight only two from the past seven days. At the beginning of December, we started this festive month with a promise to focus on posts with a Christmas theme. As such, this week’s roundup will feature only the top posts that did just that.
There is always an angle here and the one connecting our top posts this week is Christmas Angels – meeting them and being one. This must have been uppermost in my mind as I went on an early morning mission yesterday. I shared the encounter on my Facebook page. I had my second eye surgery on Tuesday but on Thursday I had to attend an early morning appointment – something related to some changes coming up in my life. As is almost always the case with me, my experiences often mimic “art” – the things that we write about here. This is what happened:
Had to go on an early morning mission and my driving skills were tested as my eyes adjust!!! On my way back at around 5:15 a.m., I saw a young man walking along the dark road clearly quite cold. It’s -4°C out there. Funny thing is when I stopped and offered him a ride, he looked at me, my dark tinted SUV as if trying to see if I’m a serial killer! I smiled when he said, “OK, thanks,” and hopped in. We ended up having a nice conversation about his challenges as a fairly new migrant to Canada, his relocation to Edmonton, his job hunt, etc. I recently wrote about angels helping me when I was new and alone in Toronto. Hope this young man knows that The Universe will always send someone along.
Only days before, on December 7, I wrote the post “Angels Among Us: Have You Met One?”, which was the second most visited post of the week. In it, I told the story of how I met an angel in a parking lot a few years ago. Now here it was, The Universe was giving me another opportunity to be one of its Christmas Angels for a newcomer to my hometown, Edmonton, Alberta.
You might wonder why I am calling this city my hometown when my country of birth is Jamaica. Well, like the Syrians who are transitioning across Canada at this time, this city was where we first settled when we arrived almost 14 years ago. Heard and read an interesting comment one woman welcoming the first group of Syrians arriving to Canada made and tears came to my eyes. She said, and I paraphrase, “We here believe that your hearts are big enough to hold both Syria and Canada in it.” Home for me is where the heart is and there are no two people more dear to me than my daughter and granddaughter and they live here in Edmonton.
The most visited post of the past week, “Dear Santa: My 3 Christmas Wishes,” written by Contributor Alexis Ali, also spoke about what is in her heart at this time of the year. Along with a material item that she hopes Santa will give her, via her aunt, Alexis’ heart is holding a special wish for Christmas this year and the one to come. Check out that post and do leave a comment as to what is in your heart for this Christmas.
How To Be An Angel This Christmas
Being one or entertaining Christmas Angels this year is fairly easy. It requires at least these two things:
- Remaining open and welcoming to every one you meet, no matter whether they hold the same beliefs about “the reason for the season,” as you do.
- Be willing to give whatever you have and from the heart and not trying to impress with grand gestures that you will later regret or expect some sort of repayment.
What other ideas do you have to support newcomers to your city, neighbourhood, or even visitors to your blog this Christmas? I mention the latter because as someone who visits many blogs in any given day, some are so unwelcoming of those who do not share their views or values it is astounding.
Our aim this year is to be true Christmas Angels and meet everyone where they are. In my books, Christmas is way more about fostering that spirit of welcome, helping others to give birth to their best selves, giving and sharing. Always looking beyond the printed, in search of the meaning behind the obvious, those ideals to me are what I see in the story of a family leaving in the night, estranged from their birth places, making home in a manager and then sharing the best of themselves with the world.
Enjoy the rest of the day and weekend! Looking forward to connecting with you here or on my Facebook page. You can also follow me on Twitter where I share content that is not posted here.