Christmas is MoreThan Just a Holiday

Now that you have celebrated Christmas this is a good time to reflect on what you did on that day, and how you feel about the way you spent the day. Of course, it is true to say that most business establishments and place of work were close on Christmas day. Traffic on many of our busy streets were minimal, and to some extend barely existed. Yet, I must admit that to have celebrated Christmas in a meaningful way, one must look much further beyond the decrease in volume of the traffic on our roads.

Yes, there were record spending on shopping, and the buying of gifts for our families and friends. The outpouring of kindness and generosity were heart warming! Can you think of another time of the year when you can truly say that people are so pumped up to give? I cannot think of another. Furthermore, have you ever stopped long enough to find out why people are so generous at Christmas?

Over two thousand years ago, God demonstrated what true giving was all about. He gave His only beloved Son to the world. God showed us what true love was all about. This is why it no mere coincident for mankind to demonstrate this kind of outpouring of love and giving at this time of the year; because Christmas is all about God’s love. Giving at Christmas should be motivated by love ! Christmas is more than just feasting and partying. To be able to truly celebrate Christmas we must first embrace and accept God’s love in our hearts; for it is by having His love in our hearts that we will be able to give to others with the right motive.

This year’s Christmas day fell on a Sunday which was awesome. What a great way to have started the celebration – going to Church and spending some quality time praising and worshipping the King of kings and the Lord of lords !

Going back to that Christmas morning when Jesus was born in that manger, the Shepherds, and the Wise Men fell down beside Mary and Joseph and worshipped the Christ child. Indeed, Christmas is not just another holiday, it is more than merely staying away from work, it must be a time to recognize Jesus as the Son of God and worship Him as such.

Yes, it is true that some people tend to be sad and feel lonely at this time of the year, but I can truly say that our loving God is there to help them move beyond the hurts and pains to a place of hope and peace. Those who have lost loved ones can hope in the fact that one day they will be reunited with their loved ones. Paul, in his writing to the Corinthians wrote: “If it were in this life we have hope we would be men most miserable”. (1 Corinthians 15:19)

Indeed, other holidays may allow you to be away from work so that you can spend time with your family, but celebrating Christmas extends far beyond one’s immediate family, it extends and reaches out to the whole world. So, I hope this Christmas was more than just another holiday for you. I hope you were able to embrace and participate in the true meaning of Christmas – God’s unconditional and sacrificial love.

© 2011 jean2011

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jean2011 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you journeyforth for your comments. I am hoping that more hubbers who feel strongly about the meaning of Christmas will continue to provoke more thoughts on the subject by sharing their views to the world.


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journeyforth16 4 years ago from Derby UK

Amen to that.Thank you Jean for such a loaded and meaningful hub. It is so sad that Christmas has been turned into such a commercial celebration and the true meaning Christ has been lost or totally forgotten in the process.

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