“ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
It feels like a red and green day today. But it isn’t necessarily because of Christmas, those two colours are often paired for Christmas but the day feels reddish-greenish because that is how this year has been. As we approach the last few days of an eventful year and observe Christmas day today, the red and green very aptly seem to symbolise the bad times and the good times.
The ‘Golden’ in the title which is a shade of yellow, alludes to the yellow colour you get were you to mix equal parts of red and green paints. Or that’s what I meant originally. Wikipedia provides a better reason.
The traditional colors of Christmas decorations are red, green, and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Jesus, which was shed in his crucifixion, while green symbolizes eternal life, and in particular the evergreen tree, which does not lose its leaves in the winter, and gold is the first color associated with Christmas, as one of the three gifts of the Magi, symbolizing royalty.
In essence, this year has been a plethora of various events resulting in a diverse collection of memories, haven’t they? You have the green right there. Change that was forced on us, change that we accepted and distorted to fit our newly acquired, strange lifestyles.
But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
The red was the number of lives that the virus claimed everyday and continues to, the numerous people who lost their jobs, the distinct increase in crime rates, the decline in mental health and the fatal hit global economies sustained.
Red and green are complementary colours like black and white, portraying the ever present element of fragile balance that our existence thrives on. Tip the balance and a catastrophe is born. Keep it up, and life goes on.
Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.
– Helen Steiner Rice
On this Christmas day, let us take a moment to remember the numerous souls the virus claimed, the problems that this pandemic has caused in all spheres of life but at the same time, exhibit gratitude for the virtues that prevail and for all who continue to serve us in times of need. In this Christmas season, let us come together and spread joy and light up everyone’s souls, even if it is for just a day and satiate ourselves with the firm hope that the light never falters in the dark.
And you have the golden right there. Pure, concentrated goodness. A huge bundle of love, hope and joy, just waiting to be opened and shared!!