Gloria in excelsis Deo

25 Dec

Vivaldi’s composition of ‘Gloria in excesis Deo’ is one of the most well known Christmas songs. At ‘Carols by Candlelight’ last night, Marina Prior’s performance of the song was wonderful.

Christmas is less about Christ and more about Consumerism it seems. Stats tell us we’re spending more. We end Christmas with a few more kilos, a few more useless toy and a much reduced bank balance. We assuage our guilt by donating to charity. I spend big at Christmastime. I like sharing my happiness with my loved ones and whilst it’s a lot of money, it’s so nice to treat them once a year.

Christmas should be about peace, love and understanding. We are flawed beings living in a flawed world and so there will never be world peace and an end to world hunger the way that we long for. It is, however, a positive period that encourages us to be as peaceful and loving as can be. It is a brief period, where everyone it is the one time where everybody is my friend and there is nothing bad in the world. I spent last night singing carols with strangers  and it was simply amazing, we were united in our love for this period in the year. We sang songs that were over two hundred years old and about a man who was born 2011 years ago.

Christmas is so powerful as it is a worldwide celebration and the parts of the world and society that don’t celebrate it at least knows about it and can appreciate it. We know the ubiquitous songs, the tree, the roast turkey and all of the lovely traditions. Jesus may be the reason for the season but it’s more than that, it’s a time when the world celebrates. More than two thousand years later and the message is still the same: faith, hope and love.

Merry Christmas to my fellow  ‘WordPressers’. I hope it’s wonderful for all of you.

xx, from the Philofelinist.

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One Response to “Gloria in excelsis Deo”

  1. Lottie Eve December 28, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Merry (late) Christmas 🙂

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