The True Meaning of Christmas

ChristmasCommercialism has taken over the Christmas season.  How sad.  Everything about the holiday season has become “shopping, shopping and more shopping”.  It is drilled into our heads.  Every commercial on television, every magazine, newspaper, website etc. is all about commercialism.  Buy this, buy that.  It’s actually come to the point where my hubby and I are turned off of Christmas in a way.  Christmas has lost it’s true meaning in most societies today.

The true meaning of Christmas is “LOVE”.

We should be celebrating the birth and life of Jesus, God’s only son.  His birth brought great joy to the world.  He was a very special child and people from all walks of life shared in the excitement of this baby’s birth.  Christmas is the day we celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Santa Claus has nothing to do with the true meaning of Christmas.  Santa Claus isn’t biblical.  The story of Santa is loosely based on a Catholic Saint and is a mix of folklore taken from Dutch and German traditions.   But now it seems, this holiday is all about gift giving, parties, shopping, eating all the wrong things, drinking way too much alcohol…basic overindulgence in all things.  We are a very materialistic society.  There is far more emphasis on the number of presents we give and get than the spiritual meaning.

Christmas should be a happy time, a time for family, a time for visiting with friends, sharing traditions and creating new ones, a time of remembrance and a time of gratitude.  But not all people in this world are fortunate and Christmas can be a time of profound sadness.  At Christmas we should be especially conscious of the poor and less fortunate.

Did you know that the red, green, white and gold colors that we relate with Christmas have meaning too.  RED represents Christ’s blood shed for our sins, GREEN means we have eternal life in Christ,  WHITE stands for the purity of Christ and GOLD stands for the royalty of Christ.

This link will take you to a short clip from Charlie Brown’s Christmas.  An easy explanation of the true meaning of Christmas.

 

As written in John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

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