After a rather busy holiday season, I have spent some time over the past couple of days
recovering from contemplating the importance of holidays.
I know the word comes from “holy day,” and I also am aware that historically some have opposed them. I suspect that this opposition was rooted more in the pagan influences related to some (Easter) and the over-indulgence associated with others (Christmas) than in the concept itself.
That being said, I think there is something important about having days to celebrate special events and people, whether public or private, national or personal. The people who have helped us grow spiritual or the transformative experiences who have made us who we are can be remembered and honored.
God certainly established “holy days” of festival, remembrance and worship for the people of Israel. There is obviously something beneficial in the act of observance. Properly focused, such celebration can be an act of worship.
There are many things that can be found to criticize in the modern observance of Christmas and other special days. Despite this, I hope that the significance of recognizing holy days in general and those related to the life of Christ in particular is not lost.
How about you? What event or person in your life do you remember and celebrate?