What does Christmas really mean to you?
Though there is a generic answer to this question and many of are guilty of giving this answer. I am truly interested in finding out what is the true meaning of Christmas to you. Christmas means to me a time to find my spiritual center and a time to fellowship with family and friends. It is also a time to reflect on what my Spiritual father has blessed me with this year?
Christmas is setting aside a season of gratitude for the Christ child, God's only son. It is not important to me so much the exact date of when He was born, but rather an observance to be celebrated because of it's magnitude. It's a time that hopefully is a teaching time with a favorite church play like "From the Manger to the Cross". A season that brings warmth and merriment. A season you hope lasts all year round of giving (not necessarily gifting). It's a hope in my heart that mankind will have a heart for the poor, a song of joy, of praise to God, the smile of a child, and the message of Good News for a hurting and lost world. It's a time of sharing, giving and serving and remembering our lives are not our own. It's a time to recognize the hurting because suicide increases this time of year. It's a time to cherish your family being available - not for the gifts but because you love them. It's a time for children to dream and wish. It's a time to be a good steward of the money God blessed you with by not going into harmful debt. It's a season of prayer for your family, the Troops and your Country. It's a time to pray for Israel. Christmas is not one thing for me, but many. Sometimes it is sadness because you see others misusing it to take and not give, but still there is the Hope in Christ that brings eternal life. Nothing can take that away - even in a country turning communistic. Christmas is love, joy and peace, but things we should never take for granted.
For me, as a Christian, it is the celebration of the birth of Christ, my Savior.
For me, it is the celebration of life through Jesus who died on the Cross for me and all who follow in his footsteps. It includes abundant love for the moral principles and laws written by him. Spreading this love through righteousness culminates with the mid-night mass where individuals rekindle their moral spirit and then embark on the new year with honor and compassion.
The welcoming of the new year through Christ then begins as a love for all who walk through the valley of the shadow of death, but fear no evil, for Christ is with them. They know they dwell in the Lord's house where evil is averted through moral power.
When I was a child Christmas simply meant getting lots of presents and stuffing myself silly with all the things I didn't get to eat during the year. Now that I'm an adult, Christmas is more of a reflexive time for me. I enjoy being with my family, but even while I'm enjoying myself with them I think of all the ways God has blessed us throughout the year and how wonderful it is to be part of His family.
As as pagan christmas means the contemplation of midwinter followed bursting forth of the new life of the sun, a time to renew and rejoice. Sant Claus- and the old gods of the forest and the hunt are important too.
by ElleBee 5 years ago
What does your family do to keep Christ in Christmas?Are you a Christian? What does your family do to focus on the religious meaning of Christmas? Do you have any special traditions, beliefs etc?
by Bianu 6 years ago
With all the de-emphasizing of the reason for the season, what do you call a christmas with no celebration or memorial of Jesus Christ?
by Paul 4 years ago
Has Christmas became all about presents and Santa Claus instead of Jesus to children today?How can we as Christians make sure they know the real meaning of Christmas?
by jenniferwakefield 8 years ago
what does Christmas mean to you?
by Amie Butchko 4 years ago
For fellow HP parents preparing for the Christmas holiday - what things do you do to focus appropriate attention on the spiritual significance of the holiday amidst all the pursuits of getting?
by nikki1 8 years ago
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