No, I did not make gingerbread houses for Christmas.
In fact, I hardly decorate at all for Christmas. For me, the holiday is about the feeling. It’s about the rebirth of light into the world, both figuratively and in reality. I mean, really, based on historical events described in the Gospels, Joshua be Joshua, or Jesus of Nazareth, as most folks know him, would have been born in the Spring. The reason we celebrate Christmas in Winter was to bring in the Pagans who were already celebrating the rebirth of light in the world via the Winter Solstice. The early church fathers figured that if we synced up our holidays, they’d get more converts.
And, hey, I’m not knocking the marketing strategy! But, I also don’t feel so compelled to put up a Pagan-inspired “Christmas Tree” or wreath or, really, any other materialistic decorations.
But, for those of you who do decorate, go check out the amazing gingerbread houses at Mental Floss and then, for God’s sake, step up your game!
And, most of all, have a very Merry Christmas! Cherish all the gifts you’ve received all year long and celebrate the rebirth of light and hope into the world tonight.