The Meaning Of Christmas

Christmas is a traditional Christian holiday celebrating the ultimate gift; the birth of Jesus. When asking people about Christmas and what comes to mind, the response that is often given is thoughts of warmth, festive times with families, gifts and spending glorious hours indulging in delicious foods. Christmas is a time when homes, store fronts, towns, cities and practically everywhere you go, are embellished with decorations and lights. We even honor a Christmas tree and have Christmas tree lighting festivals that so many people attend. We enjoy the the soothing music of the season. How beautiful is that? Let’s not forget about people traveling to go spend time with their families. We need not forget the gift buying chaos and the holiday debts we end up with. Wow, what an eventful time. When it’s over, it leaves you with a bittersweet feeling. Till the next year, so we can repeat the same cycle all over again. It seems to be a pattern that has been followed through out the years. Although, some may look at it as a tradition. It’s the season about having fun and enjoying the festivities. Holly jolly Christmas, the best time of the year! A favorite for most of us.

The origins of Christmas stem from both the pagan and Roman cultures. In December, they were known to celebrate a two week festival honoring their gods Saturnalia, the god of agriculture and Mithra, the god of the sun. It’s also said to be Nimrods holiday. Behind the meaning of santa, is said to be satan. The words do seem to have similar spelling. While Christianity was spreading across Europe, the Christian clergy were not able to curb the pagan customs and the celebratory lives. Since no one knew the exact birth date of Jesus, they adopted the pagan ritual into the celebration of his birth. The only thing that is considered to have Christian roots is St Nicholas and the honor of his passing. December sixth was declared St Nicholas day. They say that the legends surrounding him abound but the most amazing is how he saved three daughters from going into slavery. In early America, Christmas was said to be known as a mixed bag and many with puritan beliefs banned Christmas because of its pagan origins. After that the European immigrants arrived and continued with the customs of their homelands. It wasn’t till the eighteen hundreds that the American Christmas began to take shape. In 1870, President, Ulysses S Grant declared Christmas a federal holiday.

You can do your research and use your own discernment about this. Just know that the devil and his derelicts love to invert, abolish, destroy and cloud the vision of many especially Gods children. ” For those who are led by the Spirit of God, are the children of God” (Romans 8:14). So we always need to be aware of his duplicitous behavior for he roams the world seeking the ruin of souls. All I know is that we now honor a Christmas tree but yet we have obliterated the nativity which is the representation of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Whether or not you believe that Christ was born on December 25th and represents a pagan holiday, is irrelevant. I’m not saying that you should go against your judgement and celebrate paganism, if you feel it to be but what I am saying is that Jesus was born, died, has risen and will come again. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah: 9:6). And ” He will be a joy and delightful to you and many will rejoice because of his birth.” (Luke 1:14). “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favorite rests.” (Luke 2:14).

Celebrate the joy of our Lord and Savior, not only on Christmas but everyday. Come all ye faithful and come let us adore him, the biggest gift of all.

May all of you and your families have a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year!

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