Christmas' second meaning
|At this point it's nearly cliche to badger everyone about commercializing the hell out of (or into) the Christmas holiday, but nevertheless...|
Christmas does not need to be strictly "Christian" in its broader meaning. Christmas begins with the story of three wise men, Eastern Kings, men of great wealth and means who lay their own glory at the feet of a newborn child in a stable after traveling thousands of miles at considerable personal risk to find him. This has a potent symbolism, for me, that transcends religion or dogma. It reminds me of the true sources of power and wonder. And reminds me that wealth and influence are not everything, but to the extent that they are anything they are best used as currency in the pursuit of things more pure, more simple and more essential to the human experience.
The wise men--the kings--and how they spend their loot, is Christmas' second story.