Christmas is 'life'
Letter-writer Maurice Fitzgerald's suggestion to 'ban Christmas' is a very negative thought. Far from being a time of depression, grumbling, hunger, poverty, crime, pain and suffering -- if we understand its true meaning -- the birth of Christ our Saviour is intended to be a season of great joy. This fact is not even alluded to in Mr Fitzgerald's letter.
Rarely have I witnessed such crowds, young, old and of all nationalities, that packed into our local cathedral and churches for the main Christmas Day ceremonies last weekend.
'Commercialism' of some sort was always an important vehicle for the promotion of the true religious aspect of Christmas. At this time of year people become more aware and caring for the needs of others -- the old, sick, poor, lonely and those down on their luck. Generosity flourishes and in the process brings more business and employment.