Do you celebrate a Santa-Christmas or a Jesus-Christmas?
Can anyone really say they celebrate both types?
I celebrate a secular Christmas. It is a time of year that I spend with friends and family. Gifts are a part of the celebration but not a major part. Admittedly, religion (ie-a Jesus Christmas) plays no role in my celebrations.
The "Santa" metaphor for Christmas is ruining our culture. Based on Santa's giving philosophy, if you're "good" then you will receive gifts, and if you're bad, then tough luck. Why do we call them "gifts" if you have to earn it anyway? That's no gift at all.
The Christian God is the total opposite of Santa. God gives gifts not in accordance to how "good" you are, but in accordance to his own mercy and grace. God extends his love to rich and poor, "good" and wicked, drug-addicts and CEO's. God's gift of Jesus is unconditional; it doesn't matter if "you're naughty or nice".
I celebrate the Jesus-Christmas in remembrance of God's graciousness to save a wretched like me.
Both. In all politically secularized societies in the west, Christianity has left its traces. Christmas is a 'cultural trace' in that sense, and it is a positive thing to understand the 'message of peace' in Christmas for instance (ref. Luke 2:14 peace on earth...). For Christians, the child in the manger still represents Christ, so this has a more complex and powerful meaning to them. Both can be regarded as positive. Christians shouldn't be so exclusive. They are often regarded as judgmental to begin with, love-emitting at the very end, if they didn't forget that part, that is. No need to be a negativist. Negativism in religion is the religion for losers.
I celebrate a Jesus Christmas. As a child, I was all about Santa but my parents were very poor. What I saw, however, was the gift of life they gave me. The shelter, the food and the stable homelife. That, to me, was the true meaning of Christmas.
I found that moreso as I came to know Jesus. He himself was homeless and yet He gave of Himself in so many ways. What, therfore, is a box with colored paper and ribbon when you know you have a family who loves you and a God who truly has your back? He's proven it to me time and again.
Jesus Christ-period. I know all about the pagan roots of the season and the fact that Christ was not born on December 25, that aside, I and my family have taken a bit of faith back from the atheistic, new age crowd. Read my recent hub on this subject to get the full gist of how I feel about it.
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The true meaning of Christmas is to celebrate JESUS CHRIST birth.Every year we celebrate it.
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