A couple of things here: am I wrong in thinking that people are nicer and more polite to each other in general at this time of year than at others? If I'm right, how come? Do they like each other less during the rest of the year, are they simply less authentic at this time of year or is there actually genuine goodwill somehow generated by the existence of Christianity's most holy day which spills over to the rest of the world?
I'm not sure of the answer - maybe it doesn't matter - but I do somehow wish that the goodwill which is shown at this time of year could be shared all year round. How difficult would that be?
I would also love to see the end of "happy holidays". No one says that at Rosh Hashanah or Ramadan, so why do we have to tiptoe around Christmas? Just saying.
Moving on, yesterday Kazalette and I had the privilege of attending a Christmas Celebration Concert at the Playhouse Theatre in Durban. We were immersed in a variety show of extraordinary talent, none more so than the beautiful voices of Judith Sephuma and Bongani Tembe performing David Foster's "The Prayer" together. It was one of those renditions where tears just rolled down my cheeks for no obvious reason. On reflection, it seemed to me to be an unconscious accessing of my gratitude: for the song and its lyrics, for these gifted artists giving their all and sharing their blessed voices with the rest of us. And, having quietly wiped away a slightly runny nose, I was then simply enthralled and entranced by the massed Choirs of the Playhouse Chorale, Mthwalume Boys and Assemblies of God Church accompanied by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra performing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. I was moved to my core and found myself again reaching for the now grubby tissue.
We have much to be grateful for, but somehow the sharing of each of our wonderful gifts and talents, whatever those may be, seems to be the thing that moves us most into that sacred place of gratitude.
A joyous and blessed Christmas to all of my readers who celebrate Christmas. To those who don't, be joyous and blessed as well.