Christmas isn't a holiday I've actively celebrated for many years now. Perhaps it is because of the over commercialization of the holiday or the pain from years of watching others not truly understand what this holiday is about. As a child I was taught that this was Jesus' birthday, then I grew up and learned this day was actually an old Pagan celebration called Saturnalia that the early church decided to take over to convert the Pagans to Christianity.
No one knows the actual date of the mythical Jesus (yes, I said mythical, as there is no record to acknowledge his physical presence upon this earth), so the real reason for the season isn't to celebrate Jesus' birthday. It's to celebrate a Pagan celebration, another attempt by the Christians to control everyone and everything without any regard to the value of age old traditions, cultures, or even humanity.
Thank you Martha Meda Taylor, thank you Ellen Rose Synder, and thank you to those whose names I can no longer remember, but your actions I still do. You all showed me what it meant to be a Christian in a world where so many do not live the life of Christ, yet call themselves follows of Him.
Perhaps there is little love in my heart, perhaps the pain and anger have taken it all away, but yet there are those that ever remind me that love is the key. Yes, I do believe there is a Santa Clause, Virginia. Because Santa also teaches love, isn't that what Christmas is all about - Love?