As we come upon the Christmas season I wonder how many people really remember why we have this Holiday. We are rushing around buying gifts and decorating for the biggest gift giving events of the year. To retailers this is the biggest shopping days of the entire season. The stores are going full force advertising all of the latest and greatest gifts for the season as they bring in their largest profit all year at Christmas time. But the advertisers don’t mentions that we are giving each others gifts as a symbol of Jesus’s Birthday. Have we as a society forgotten the real meaning of Christmas?
Its unfortunate that this holy holiday has been turned into such a commercialized, finacial event. Most folks are not even aware of the history of Saint Nick, the Yule log, and the celebrating of Winter Solstice, let alone how Santa Clause came to be. It seems we have gotten away from the ancient traditions and their true meanings as well. Don’t get me wrong I have kids and know how important Santa Clause has become to them but it would be nice if we recognized why we give each other gifts.
We give gifts as a symbol of gratitude and renewed hope, Just as the wise men did when Jesus was born to honor our savoirs arrival. The three wise men new that Jesus was the messiah, bringing renewed hope for the human race. They were honoring his birth with Frankincense and myrrh some of the most precious gifts of the time.
Wikapedia defines Christmas as; an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25th as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.
This is the one time of the year that we honor each other by giving gifts of love to make another feel joyful and loved. We give to let that special husband, child or friend know that you thought enough about them to pick out a present just perfect for them. It is important that we all remember the real meaning of Christmas. When you are with your family this year on Christmas and your sitting around the fire or are at the dinner table, remind your loved ones why we celebrate this holy day, as the true meaning should never be lost!
Have a Merry Christmas!
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