As we have entered this week of Christmas holidays, it is important that we take the time to acknowledge and give thanks for everything which we should be grateful for, no matter how important, positive, negative, or trivial something may seem.
This is a time where we come together with family and friends, and enjoy the company of others and the generosity in others’ giving – whether this be shown, for example, in the giving of themselves to assist, giving of time to celebrate the communal aspect of others, giving of thanks, or the giving of gifts. What makes this season so distinct and special is that the focus is not on the hope or prospect that people expect to receive something, but rather it is in the joy of giving to others – particularly to those who are less fortunate.
The etymology of the word “Christmas” derives from the compound words – “Christ’s mass”. In Latin, the word “mass” is missa. For those of you who celebrate Christmas as part of the Christian faith, this is a time to celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who was born (and given to us from our Heavenly Father) to provide a way to salvation. As it is written, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3: 16-17) When we reflect on the life of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and what He has given us, this is a time where we truly feel blessed during this season, as this signifies the true message behind “Christ’s mass”. That is, the spirit of Christmas lies in our Lord, Jesus Christ’s giving of Himself in so many ways. As our Lord, Jesus said – that “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
For those who do not celebrate “Christmas” from a religious perspective, there are secular practices and customs to represent the “giving during this season” with figures such as Santa Claus and the giving of gifts, especially to children. It is through giving that makes every Christmas season a joyous and happy one.
As we look back over this past year, Shulman Law Firm has embraced the spirit of giving generously – whether this takes in the form of giving generously to some clients in the form of pro bono legal services, or to the greater community with food drives, toy drives, and other charitable deeds. It is through these acts of giving where we go beyond the simple paying of “lip service” but rather to exemplify the spirit of giving through acts.
As Christmas Day is only one day away, we encourage everyone to embrace the spirit of Christmas and to enjoy this time and season with others. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!