The True Meaning of Christmas
As Christians, we know that Christmas is more than the materialistic pleasures associated with it. Sure the feasts, the shopping, and decorations are all part of the celebration, but that is not what Christmas is all about. As human beings, we know that our desires are superior to our physical appetites. For this reason, we shouldn't celebrate a materialistic Christmas. Although we may allow ourselves a few luxuries, they should all be within the context of the celebration and not something opposite to the worship of our Lord. We must remember that Jesus' sacrifice demonstrates His love for the world.
"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."
For some Christians, Christmas' true meaning is a celebration of love. Others don't celebrate Christmas because of the belief that many Christmas traditions have origins in paganism. However, it can be tough to form an opinion around some of this information because many of our traditions, in one way or another, can be found to have pagan origins, and often, the source of this information contradict each other. While there may be traditions with pagan roots, lighting a candle in our homes or placing a star at the top of the Christmas tree doesn't mean we're pagan. On the contrary, some of these so-called pagan traditions are associated with the true meaning of Christmas. For example, lighting a candle represents the light that Jesus brings to the world, the star on the Christmas tree represents the Star of Bethlehem, the gifts remind us about the gifts the three wise men brought to Jesus. Jesus himself was the greatest gift from God to the world.
Christmas is a day to reflect, enjoy our family and friends, to be compassionate, and share goodwill. So this holiday season, let's celebrate the Lord. And, whether you are religious or not, I think we can all agree that on this day, we all share the same purpose, which is to fill our hearts and the hearts of those around us with peace, love, and kindness.
Accept one another regardless of our views on Christmas.