Everywhere you turn you hear people talking about what terrible shape the world is in. Some people speak out of absolute fear, others wax eloquently as they explain exactly why what is going on is going on and still others try to use every single crisis as proof that their particular ideological perspective is correct. So how do you avoid the fear, cynicism, self-centeredness and despair that are the inevitable results of living with some new horrible reality every day? Start embracing some Christmas Seriosity. Not by putting more energy into the tree, carols, gifts and parties – as wonderful as they are. But by going to the child born in a manger, inviting him to be born in your life and experiencing how the one who is the hope of the world is your hope every single day – regardless of what is going on around you.