“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” God
What is this holiday season all about? Some say it is the birthday of ‘Jesus’. To others it is a time for family to gather together and exchange gifts. In the end the season will be what you make it.
The celebration of Christ’s birthday has nothing at all to do with Christmas, at least according to the Bible. We are not told the day on which Jesus was born. Some say that Jesus was added to Christmas to spread the gospel. Others say that Christmas is a pagan holiday disguised to look Christian, thus pagan symbols such as the ‘Christmas’ tree. Personally as a Christian if the holiday makes people to act with love, well I really can’t criticize it.
I recall that in the neighborhood when I was young there were certain children that were very antagonistic to our family. Around Christmas they came to our door caroling. My mother made them some hot popcorn and everybody was content. It was a time of reconciliation and caring not that it changed things in the big picture.
They say that suicide rates go up during the holidays. I don’t know if this is true. As one who has no family left except for my wife and a distant sister I feel very much alone. Christmas was always a time when the family would gather together. We would always have a turkey with plenty to eat. There would be the exchanging of gifts as well. Our family didn’t have many traditions outside of this. Overall it was a pleasant experience.
Having gone through Thanksgiving at a friend’s from church my wife and I are looking for the same. We had a very nice time at Thanksgiving but somehow it just wasn’t the same. There is no replacing family. My parents both passed away ten years ago and I greatly miss them. In fact my dad passed away right in the midst of the holiday on December 27.
So the best advice I can give is that if you have something good appreciate it. You never know where life is going to take you. In fact this could be your very last holiday together.
Still I hope that somehow we could take the spirit of Christmas and make it last throughout the entire year. That the Love of God and the Love of fellow man become our priority instead of a very distant after thought.
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