Christmas is the annual remembrance of a real event: the birth of the child Jesus, the Christ. But Jesus was not just any child — he was God who became man to later die to save men and open the gates of heaven.

If you are a Christian, then this is the crux of your belief. If you do not identify as Christian, you probably at least know his “golden rule”: to treat others as you would like to be treated. Jesus gave humanity this rule. He went even further when he taught that you can give to others in kindness what you don't even owe them.

This is what parents try to teach their children during the Christmas season. It’s good to do acts of charity for others — especially without payment, reward or recognition. What countless acts of goodness that have been done throughout history because of Christmas! All because of a little baby boy, God’s greatest gift, to a people who didn’t deserve him.

So don’t be afraid to say “merry Christmas” during this holiday season. There is nothing scandalous or alienating about it. Christmas is immersed in purity, generosity and humility. No other holiday (or politically correct phrase) could better convey the love and peace you wish to bestow. Merry Christmas!

Anna Enright

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