This Business Insider article is a fascinating read. It's not a joke, but rather a powerful critique that contains profound wisdom regardless of whether or not you're a bleedin' papist. Haha. Wink @ many of my family and friends.
I did read a further chunk of the original document, and I recommend digging a little deeper into what Pope Francis has to say if you're so inclined and have time. There's some good stuff there (the link to the full text is provided at the beginning of the Business Insider article).
After you read that, enjoy this wonderful story my aunt sent me that captures the real meaning of Christmas. I loved it. I printed the story and shared it with David and my kids.
I need these messages and meaningful stories as a foil to the rampant commercialism and excess in which we all seem to find ourselves at this time of year. Not that indulgence is always a bad thing, but balance is best. Even "gifting" can start to feel like empty consumerism sometimes.
Anyway, I hope the story warms your heart as much as it did mine. Merry Christmas, everyone!!