Keeping Christ in Christmas

Most people when they hear Christmas think immediately think of treats, gifts, Santa, Christmas carols, trees, lights, etc., but this is not what Christmas is about. Even those who claim to be protecting the true meaning of Christmas often avoid the actual subject of the holiday. They say that Christmas is about family, friends, giving, loving, charity, and so on. While these are definitely great things and major parts of Christmas, they are not the reason for the holiday. All of these things make up the “spirit of Christmas” because they reflect the actual reason for the holiday.

Nowadays we live in a society that is always worried about being politically correct. They don’t want to exclude anyone, even when talking about a holiday that only pertains to one religion. They discuss what goes on during the holiday and the feeling that comes from it, but not the actual reason for the celebration. The word “Christmas” defines what the holiday is all about. It is about the birth of our savior Jesus Christ; it is a celebration of his life and his gift to us. We give gifts to remind us of the greatest gift of all—Jesus Christ. Jesus is a gift from God to all of us so that he could sacrifice himself to save us, so that we can repent and return to live with our Heavenly Father once again. Christ was a great gift of love and sacrifice.

During the Christmas season, we often sacrifice time and money to help those who are less fortunate than us. This commemorates the sacrifice of love, and helps them also feel the love of the savior. We gather with friends and family as the shepherds of old did around the manger of the newborn baby Jesus. We sing Christmas carols to worship and remember him, and to spread his joyous message of peace, love, charity, and hope. We use evergreen trees to represent the eternal life that we can all now receive because of the Savior’s great atoning sacrifice, and lights to symbolize the light, hope, and joy he brings into the world. Christ made the ultimate sacrifice to save us, and Christmas is a celebration of his birth.

I would entreat you take time, amid the frantic hustle and bustle of the season, to pause for a moment in the middle of all of the gift wrapping and buying, numerous activities and parties, decorating, baking, and other festivities, to really think about what Christmas is all about. Remember Christ, remember his birth, remember his sacrifice, and remember his gift to you—more precious than anything that can be obtained on this earth—of eternal life. The true meaning of Christmas should not be a question and must not be overlooked. So during your holiday this year, please just take a moment to remember a little baby taking his first breath in a manger in Bethlehem, surrounded by poor and humble animals and shepherds, in the arms of his virgin mother Mary, while her husband, Joseph, looked on peacefully and with joy. Remember that little baby who grew up to become the savior of the world, sacrificing himself so that you could be saved. The true meaning of Christmas is Christ, and I pray that we may all remember that this year and do all we can to be righteous examples of his followers.

4 Responses to “Keeping Christ in Christmas”

  1. Jurnee says:

    Hi I really like this because having to write a report on what other religions think Christmas is about is kinda hard, do thank you. 🙂

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