If Christmas is a feast so well spread, it is because
for young or elders, believers or non-believers, Christmas makes
them dream. In our countries Christmas lights are just the dream
of the light in the middle of the dark winter.
The decorated fir trees are to remind us of the flowers and
the fruits on a period when the vegetation is dead. Christmas
is the dream of warm weather among the frost. Before becoming
a cake, the Yule log was a log burning in the chimney to keep
us warm. It is still the symbol of a pleasant temperature, but
also of a warm ambiance of shared happiness and joy.
We know that poverty and solitude are more difficult to bear
on that day; we try not to exclude these people from the general
- It is the time of being together with plenty of food shared
with family and friends; the traditional meals are made with
refined food. It is also a dream of peace: we are not supposed
to fight during the truce of God even if we vulgarly call it
the New Year truce.
This Christmas dream, these symbols and wishes are not the
property of the Christians, it is in any human person. Before
being called Christmas, it was the feast of the winter solstice.
- The Christians added to this feast the nativity of a child.
Who has not dreamed to have a newborn baby? What will his future
be? What will he be doing? It seems that every thing is possible
for this new life. The world belongs to him. His parents, relatives
are both careful for his weakness and respectful of a future
that does not belong to them.
The Christmas dream for the Christians takes a meaning more profound
and marvelous. It is the dream of God living among us. Not a
simple messenger but God himself, not pretending but starting
His itinerary on earth as a little child. He had to live all
our humanity to make us reborn of his image. God became man to
make man a god.
- Then it is in faith, for any person of good will, that
this little child can become the light that illuminates the world
in giving a profound and sacred meaning to human life. It is
also a promise of abundance beyond our expectations, able to
quench our thirst and to satisfy all hunger. This sign of love
given by God opens for us a new way of living in peace and mutual
confidence. It is the dream of the Christian faith, for which
many gave their life to testify that it is not only a dream.