True spirit of Christmas

Long time ago in a big corporation far, far away – there was a pre-Christmas gathering which I attended.
It was honored by an arrival of a special guest from our headquarters in New York. A person to whom such young, aspiring manager as myself was looking up to.
This guy was some no-joke producer, who apparently co-created some of the very well known movies, and had many contacts in Holywood, possibly drinking beer with Brad Pitt, and playing tennis with DiCaprio (although I am not sure if he even plays that game).

This special guest had an opening speech,in which he described “one of the most magical Christmas Holiday moments in his life”.
The story was going along these lines:

” I was working my ass off, climbing the career leader, then at some point I was in Hollywood, we had some deadlines to meet so I didn’t go back home. I was finalising my work on Christmas Eve when I thought to take a break. I went a walk into a Grinch movie set. There was a whole Christmas village, the Whoville on that set. One to one scale. Walking through that abandonded Grinch movie set was one of  the most magical moments ever. It was as close to a fairy tale as you can get.”

The story was supposed to be inspirational I guess.

All I thought was ;
… “this is so fucking sad”.

Maybe it’s just me – but I felt were, strong Ebenezer Scrooge vibes in there.
You got to work on Christmas Eve so you could see the Whoville from Grinch movie. It was completely abandonded because somehow everyone else had better things to do. And then you boast about that as if this was an achievement.
Wow.

So my Friends…
Before the three ghosts come and pay you a visit – remember that Christmas is not as much about as it is about those around you.
And first and foremost, it is about the One above you.

For me, it is a time to stop, take a breath, switch off the screen and look into the eyes of those whom I love.
It is also a time to realign with the Father, and recalibrate my life’s perspective so that I do not miss the sight of what’s truly important.

And if I do manage to sit on a couch and watch Grinch with my kids in that time- even better. But I would never , EVER exchange that to see the magical but empty Whoville.

So for the record.
I am not celebrating “holiday”, “seasonal break” nor “special festivites time”.
What I am celebrating is Jesus’s birthday.
God was born in Bethlehem to redeem even such sinners as myself.
So don’t let the modern day Grinches steal your Christmas.
Merry Christmas everyone!


There is something off about this Christmas Nativity scene at St.Peter’s square.

If you think 2020 wasn’t awkward enough, here comes an eerie, symbolical scene for its ending.
A babushka style Mary and Joseph, (ancient?) astronaut, an Uruk-Hai warrior (seriously!), and an angel that looks like taken from a Starbucks logo.

Source: vaticannews.va

It is not an avangard street art, from a squat. Nope, its this years Nativity Scene revealed few days ago in front of St. Peters Basilica in Vatican. If this is the way that Holy See wants to sum up the weirdness of what we all experienced in 2020 then I guess they achieved their goal.

One might say; this is just art. A creative interpretation, a step beyond the trivial depiction of what we all already know. Yet, if art is to instil in us specific emotions – then why is that it does not bring the joy that should be associated with Christmas. Instead… the feeling I get when looking at these sculptures is something that I would describe as a mix of amusement and uneasiness. It just feels off.

Particularly, that astronaut, that seems to be copy pasted from some fringe historians stories about ancient aliens. If you look closely you will see that its holding something in its hands… is it a gift?

As Catholic, I do believe that symbols are meaningful. So I wonder; is this just a artistic flop or a well thought, obscured preview of a things to come?

Source: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-12/st-peters-square-christmas-tree-creche-lighting-ceremony.html

Recommended commentary on the subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toBAk6bkuCE&ab_channel=DrTaylorMarshall