What’s the spirit of Christ­mas?

The Morning Bulletin - - YOUR SAY - MY SAY AN­DREW JEF­FER­SON Deputy Ed­i­tor

IT seems the spirit of Christ­mas re­ally is alive and well in Rock­hamp­ton.

One of our 12 Hams of Christ­mas win­ners this week called into of­fice at 220 Bolsover St to col­lect their prize – a $100 voucher from Boo­dles Meats.

Feel­ing guilty, our win­ner in­formed us that she planned to share the voucher with two el­derly peo­ple who couldn’t af­ford hams this Christ­mas.

Peter Boo­dle has now kindly agreed to sup­ply three smaller hams for our win­ner.

It got me think­ing what is the true spirit of Christ­mas.

Is the “Christ­mas spirit” found in gifts, trees, and lights?

Or is it found in the joy of know­ing that the his­to­rychang­ing story of Christ’s birth is true?

Of course, to Scrooge the spirit of Christ­mas was a ghost.

And to the liquor in­dus­try the spirit of Christ­mas comes in a bot­tle.

Some peo­ple feel that the spirit of Christ­mas is send­ing hun­dreds of greet­ings cards each year.

For oth­ers, the spirit of Christ­mas is the joy and hap­pi­ness found be­ing amongst fam­ily while they’re con­sum­ing tur­key, ham, pork, lamb, prawns and plum pud­ding.

For many peo­ple, Christ­mas is a time for say­ing thanks.

The most com­mon re­sponse I found to the ques­tion what is the spirit of Christ­mas is giv­ing.

Giv­ing back to those less for­tu­nate than our­selves.

Which is ex­actly the type of spirit em­bod­ied by our 12 Hams of Christ­mas win­ner.

Em­brace the spirit of Christ­mas and find the true mean­ing of the sea­son to bring more joy into your life.

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