Christmas is the transcendent holiday of our culture. It is a Christian holiday, reflecting our nation\u2019s history as a colony and refuge for Europeans. But its appeal and the trappings of its celebration reach beyond the holiday\u2019s deep sacred meaning for Christians and it has become something\u2014 not greater, certainly \u2014 but broader, more encompassing. The symbols are everywhere. It\u2019s celebration seems at times to have been appropriated entirely by commercial interests and pop culture foolishness, leading to concerns among some of the devout that its true meaning is lost. Do not fear. The message \u2014 the meaning \u2014 is alive and shines for all to hear. Peace on earth. Goodwill to all. Caring for, and sharing with, those who seem the least. Forgiveness. Sure, people have moments when they don\u2019t live up to it. But who does not know that this \u2014 and not buying stuff \u2014 is the message, the meaning. And who that hears does not know that this is goodness itself, simple and pure? Bishop Frank Caggiano, who recently was installed as the head of the Diocese of Bridgeport, shared his thoughts of the season. Caggiano said he believes Christmas has a \u201cuniversal message that resonates with non-believers \u2014 with everyone. \u201cAnyone who thinks love is worth living for, worth sacrificing for, and worth sharing with others \u2014 anyone of good will has a home in Christmas,\u201d he said. All the tinsel and canned music in the world, all the mall Santas and TV specials, cannot diminish the power of Christmas and its story. The star, the shepherds, the angels. No room at the inn, and the child born in the hay, to be presented with gifts by kings and worshiped as a savior, the world\u2019s hope. And our pervasive celebrations of the holiday \u2014 the music, the decorations indoors and out, the parties, the bell-ringing, card-sending, gift-giving, the charity \u2014 change our streets, our communities, the way we live our lives each December. It\u2019s an assertion, a belief in the Christmas story\u2019s promise: That the world, so often disappointing \u2014 unjust, painful, or simply mundane \u2014 holds the seeds of something finer, better, more pure. That this world can be transformed, reborn as it should be, saved. That is the magic of Christmas, echoed and asserted each December by all those yards overfilled with colored lights, all the fake white beards, every tired shopper sporting an incongruous red hat. The message is not lost amid the music and glittering lights. The story and its promise are too powerful. The real Christmas \u2014 a star in the night, a hard journey, a birth invested with the sacred, lives blessed with belief in the promise of a better world \u2014 lives. And it always will.