Sunday Snippet: Bing Crosby on a White Christmas

“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won`t make it ‘white.'”

Around this time of year, it’s really easy to get caught up in the commercialism of the season. We’ve come to think that the so-called “Christmas spirit” is brought about by lights, tinsel and the showering of gifts, but that’s not really the point at all, is it? Instead, the real Christmas spirit is something that must come from within, well before we look outside to see if there is any snow on the trees.

There is a definite sense of nostalgia when we hear Bing Crosby sing White Christmas. It’s not at all surprising that his version of the song is still the best-selling single of all-time with over 50 million copies sold around the world (and counting). And as much as he may love the snow, Bing also recognizes that Christmas must first be an opportunity “share our blessings” with those around us.

This is a sentiment that has been echoed time and again. It’s great sharing that turkey with your family and there’s nothing quite like the joy that a child enjoys when he or she tears open a present on Christmas morning. But we have to remember, as a certain fat feline once said, it’s not about the giving or getting; it’s about the loving. It’s about being around the people who are important to you and sharing those wonderful memories.

Just like that sad little tree in the Charlie Brown Christmas special, all we need is a little love. Happy holidays, everyone.