The cash registers are full of grey androids, that are pride to buy all those colored packages. I think they are proud, because their faces are actually flattened and their attitudes look like insensitive. In the air there is an embarrassing fear of not having bought all the presents quickly enough. Those androids are slaves of an ancestral tradition and they are unaware of this. They are visually tired because of the grueling race to grab the least bad gifts and, once at home, they wonder: “Why on earth did I do that?”. Or maybe they do not wonder anything, because they are too tired to do it. Yet every year they take part to this famous marathon another time.
However, some of them seem different from the mass of androids. They are the exception to this grey mass: there are few, most of them are children. They still believe in Christmas, the one that is not only materialistic. They are not part of the network of the Christmas gifts, that is a virtuous circle – or vicious? – of which it’s almost impossible to get out. Children should teach us what is Christmas. In fact, when they do something, they do it because they want it for real and because it comes from their heart. This is what is missing in those endless queues of androids!
What is Christmas in 2016? What did Christmas become? A gift is something exceptional. It is an extraordinary thing. And it is for this reason that it is so exciting when a person gives a gift to another just for the pleasure of doing it and not because he or she has to. Instead, today, WE are all androids that give and receive gifts as a consequence of an ancient tradition. As long as the quality of our relations will be considered less important than the quality of the gifts we give and receive, well, then all this comes as no surprise.
The solution? No, the solution is not giving no more gifts. The therapy is learning to be grateful for those people who live around and with us and, therefore (maybe at Christmas, too), giving them a gift. It comes from the heart. The solution is to become a little bit more ‘children’ than we are.
In advance, Merry Christmas to everybody: to those who believe in God or in something else, to those who are atheist, to those who are agnostic. I hope your Christmas will be full of authentic and wonderful relationships and, in case, of honest gifts.