What is Christmas? What does it mean to you? Is it a religious holiday or is it about gift giving and Santa? Is it both? What does Christmas mean to you?
most Christmas is a major celebration of Christianity, the birth of the
Christ Child. To others it is an opportunity to share gifts and feast
on rich foods. Yet to others it is a time to visit old friends and
relatives and a time of relationship renewal. To me it is all of these. I
love the traditions, the music, the joy, in fact I love it all. In my
house we will have a Christmas tree, play Christmas music, have
Christmas drinks, and feast on Christmas foods. There will be Christmas
stockings and Christmas wreaths hung. It will be a Christmas festival.
is of course a Federal holiday. That means our government recognizes
the day as special and sets it aside as a day of celebration. For those
very few who feign offense by the religious nature of Christmas, deal
with it. If you are offended, you don’t have to participate. Sit alone
in your home, pull your shades down and shut out the world. The rest of
us are going to have a party. You are invited but you don’t have to
come. That is your choice.
my research I learned, among other things, that Christmas means “The
Mass of Christ.” Hence the term Christmas. I am completely comfortable
with that definition. It has served me for my entire lifetime and I plan
to continue in that belief. As a Christian I accept many things on
faith. I don’t have to have scientific evidence. Whether Christ was born
on December 25th or September 15th is not relevant to me. I just don’t
care. It’s not the date that is important, it’s the event.
the vast majority of the world accepts Christmas as a religious
holiday. Most celebrate it as the birth of the Christ Child. It is a
major holiday in Russia as well as in China. The Christmas traditions of
countries are, of course, as different as the countries themselves.
have a Santa Claus or some close facsimile. Many have the tradition of
gift giving. But to most of the world, Christmas is a religious holiday.
There will always be a small minority who will be offended. Some are
just joyless individuals who crave attention. Some are haters who want
to spoil the party for the rest of us. I suspect that most are people
who got coal in their stockings when they were children and have never
gotten over it. How sad.
recognize that others also celebrate holidays during this time of year.
Jews have Chanukah, and some other groups celebrate Kwanzaa. I think
that is marvelous, but neither has anything to do with Christmas.
Christmas is a separate holiday.
is my favorite time of the year. I refuse to allow anyone or anything
to spoil it for me. I don’t care that retailers start advertising
Christmas before Thanksgiving. That just means it soon will be here. I
love the fact that Christmas music is played from November on. It is
some of my favorite music. I appreciate the cards and the personal
letters that arrive in the mail. They are like visits from family and
Ebenezer Scrooge decided, after his frightening night with ghosts, to
keep Christmas forevermore. I hope Christmas is as special to you as it
is to me and we wish you the Merriest of Christmases this year and
Ron Scarbro Christmas 2012
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