Now that Christmas Day has passed my wife’s family is faced with the sad reality of a funeral for their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who died just a couple days before Christmas. A death at Christmas is one of the most difficult, especially for the younger members of the family, because they cannot understand why the older family members are sad during such a joyous time. I like the idea that we will not just mourn my mother-in-law’s life but also celebrate it. Celebration of a life well-lived is always meaningful, but especially at a time when the reassurance provided by why we celebrate Christmas in the first place fills our hearts and our thoughts.
“Christmas is not a time, or a season, but rather a state of mind,” said President Calvin Coolidge in 1927. “To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas with us both now and throughout the year.”