Today, after we shoveled snow, my son, Carrington and I sat and watched Caillou’s Holiday Movie on Sprout. Although it was definitely for the pee-wee crowd, I found it interesting that we were watching this three weeks after the Holiday Season. This movie showed how people celebrated the Yuletide around the world.
However, as I watched I realized how little we in America truly have a good time. Oh, we think that a few days off here and there, an occasional party or celebration here and there, or “Happy Hour” at the local pub signifies a good time. But our days are dictated by Wall Street and its 24-7 money making scheme, rather than Main Street and its human approach to life. We’re too much driven to make money and keep our noses to the grindstone. We also spend too much damn time at home in front of the TV or computer instead of getting out and living.
In church, it’s no better. We either have dry and dour services, or saccharine-sweet “praise” services that have the nutritional value of cotton candy. And too many times we equate making merry with “hell raising” and that any form of celebration and merry-making only belongs in church worship. Oh really?
As I mentioned in my Core Value, “Celebration and Dance”:
Life is a celebration-despite all its challenges. We don’t have the time or luxury to sit on our asses and hold one long funeral. Celebrate life and its blessings: big, small, and even those you might think are “insignificant”. Many in this world would give anything to be able to do that.
Jesus equated the Kingdom of God to a lavish banquet open to all. It’s no surprise that the first of Jesus’s miracles was changing water into wine at the wedding in Cana. In fact, the Divine is celebrating every time He/She is creating in the Universe.
I remember at my wedding ceremony, our pastor mentioned how in olden times, wedding guests would be in town for days to celebrate with the happy couple. Try that today with guests trying to get back on the road after the reception meal’s done! Look at the aforesaid Holiday Season, compressed into a less than two month space (Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day), with only a handful of days off, excluding weekends. We no long have house parties for fear of possible legal woes if the host/hostess serves booze. We don’t go out for fear of money being spent or some nameless faceless “criminal” we might encounter.
We’ve lost our capacity to make merry, to be festive, to just celebrate life! Parties have become places just to sit and “mingle”, you have to put a bomb under someone’s ass to get them out to dance! We’re more into “networking” (which does have its place), than just enjoying and celebrating each other’s company.
And we wonder why we’re in such straits today!
As Parliament-Funkadelic once said, we need to bring back the good time. We’re so bad-news oriented, we’ve forgotten to make merry and truly celebrate life. We need to celebrate life and each other in festive and merry settings before we become so dour and dismal that we’re no better than the machines we create. We need to get out, away from the TV and computer, and go out with friends. We need to have more backyard barbecues and block parties. We need more celebrating, more merry making, more getting down.
Let’s make merry and have a good time!