Christmas is a holiday season. Although Christmas is a day in December on the calendar, it has turned into a broader time period of special recognition. In the past sixty to eighty years Christmas has become a really good way to bring people together and share food, exchange gifts and hold events in a party like setting. It started out as a celebration of the birth of the Christ child. It was a purely Christian holy holiday. As centuries past and the hardships of life became less intense, people started to look at Christmas as a time to gather together with friends and family and celebrate with food and special visits and homemade treats. Christmas brought on a holiday that had become many things to enjoy and bring strangers and friends alike together. As the centuries became more affluent in a matter of speaking, buying or making gifts for each other came into a new tradition to celebrate Christmas, just as the Wise Men did with baby Jesus Christ almost two thousand years ago. Christmas is a highly social time in most Christian areas of the world. The season of Christmas is about getting ready for parties, celebrations and bringing people together. What does this have to do with health and holistic medicine?
This holiday is the only religious holy holiday recognized world wide. It is about people, love, sharing, caring and lets us feel good about each other. Whether Christian or not, the holidays surrounding Christmas has its own magic. The way many of us feel at Christmas time should be felt all year long. In our bodies our feelings associated with Christmas are for the most part stimulating for our “feel good” hormones. It is healthy to just laugh, celebrate with a meal, exchange gifts and pull surprises. The word holiday implies something fun or honored, relax, do something different than the regular routine of things. In the past several generations we have seen the action of decorating become very popular for bringing on Christmas. There is the Christmas tree. Then people put up lights and all sorts of bright, shiny, sparkling and lit-up ornaments, garland, dolls and the list goes as far as your imagine can take you. It is all good and all healthy. But the core of the real meaning of Christmas is deeply set into the joyous occasion, the birth of Christ. Celebrate inwardly and celebrate outwardly. It’s a truly personal experience. Have a Merry Christmas, they say.