Christmas has become a common practice in the Western world. Many forget the purpose in celebrating December 25th. Let's examiner the true meaning of this special holiday.
1. (Christianity / Ecclesiastical Terms)
a. the annual commemoration by Christians of the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec. 25
b. Also called Christmas Day Dec. 25, observed as a day of secular celebrations when gifts and greetings are exchanged
c. (as modifier) Christmas celebrations
The phrase found its way into the 2003 address of Pope John Paul II:
"The crib and the tree: precious symbols, which hand down in time the true meaning of Christmas!" Christmas is the season during which Christians everywhere give thanks to God the Father for the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ. This joyous cycle begins on December 25, the Festival of the Nativity of our Lord, more commonly known in English-speaking countries as Christmas."
Christmas is a time of selfless giving of ones self to others either through gifts or time in visitations and being with others.
Focus during this season has become a stressful flurry of department stores, shopping, malls, parking, parties and staying late after work to attend season events.
Has this American culture forgot the true meaning of Christmas? Is it now a retail focused nightmare?
The purpose of buying gifts is to show our love and appreciation to loved ones, family and friends. Giving of ones self to another human through gifts or time during a visit over the holidays is an expression of love.
Gift giving should ultimately be a representation of love to another person. Visiting family when you would rather be vacationing in Hawaii represents unselfishness of oneself to give time and self to others.
If finances are not allowing for gifts, then a heartfelt card written in ones own handwriting is a very loving way to show love.
If circumstances dictate being alone on Christmas; rather than dwelling on self pity, open up yourself to serving the homeless at a shelter; a very healthy way to eliminate selfishness and pity parties.
The main focus is to be on the birth of a Savior, Jesus Christ. Who came into this world by His own free will. Born to a Virgin, grew up sinless in our world. He taught us how to live, and when He departed to return to heaven He left us a manual on how to live life. The manual is called The Bible.
Under the tree this Christmas why not read the story of the birth of Jesus Christ out loud before opening presents. In this way we teach our children and ourselves to thankful and loving.
Live life to the fullest. Love others this Christmas. Change self absorbed focus and extend a hand to others.