Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Meaning of Christmas

Everyone is busy. People are decorating and baking. Many are spending time and money they may not really have, buying gifts big and small. People send cards to update their family activities and accomplishments. It is nice to catch up with loved ones, but where is Christmas? Where is the credit to God for what we have?

I cannot help but wonder: is the true meaning of Christmas being honoured? Are we celebrating and sharing it with others in these activities? Are we celebrating Christ’s birth and the reason for it? Are we giving proper credit to God? 

These are questions that I struggle with, because Christmas is in reality all about the birth of Jesus. This is the true purpose of the holiday. It is about God’s love for us, given to us through the birth of Christ. We are meant to share that peace, hope, and love. 

I posted this video last year, and I share it with you here. Merry Christmas.


30 comments:

  1. I love the Charlie Brown Christmas special, still watch it when CBC runs it, if I can.

    My tradition (upbringing) is Christian, though I wouldn't say I was Christian now, even though I've actually been going to a local United Church most Sundays for the past 6 months, after a 30-year absence.

    But I do think this is a season for peace, for hope, for love, for joy, no matter what one's beliefs.

    Every season ought to be a season for those things, IMO.

    Wishing you universal Light and Blessings this holiday.

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  2. may you keep it in your heart all year.

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    1. May we all keep it in our hearts always, to share with others.

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  3. Yes...it's sad when this holiday becomes all about stuff....very sad!

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    1. I agree. There is a purpose to this holiday.

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  4. The birth of Christ is a such a gift and each year, especially at this time of year we are reminded that this is what Christmas is all about.

    When I was a child we said this little prayer 100 times before going to bed every night during advent.
    Sweet Jesus, child of Bethlehem that I love and adore, come be born in my heart. I still remember it. We only received one small unwrapped gift per child, a red apple, an orange, barley candy and some mixed nuts in our clean stocking.

    We were happy beyond our wildest dream knowing that Jesus was in our heart. Quite a contrast to today's kids. There were pies and cakes and wild meat with potatoes for Christmas dinner.

    Merry Christmas Ann.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Julia, I love this. It is beautiful. Hugs.

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  5. Merry Christmas. Christ is the reason for the season.

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  6. Blessed are those who keep the true meaning of Christmas in their hearts. Thanks so much for posting this, my friend.

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    1. Thank you, Beth. You are a wonderful person. Hugs.

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  7. Beautifully stated! This message needs to be repeated over and over again. If you take Christ out of Christmas there is nothing to celebrate! I join your concern that that message is being overshadowed by consumer madness and the anxieties of trying to do too much. We all need to stop, and refocus on what Christmas is meant to be. Thank you Annie, wonderful post!

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    1. Thanks, Josie. If we are true to its meaning we can share it all year.

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  8. One of my fave Christmas moments is Linus's speech.
    My Sunday School class is doing the theme of a Birthday Party for Jesus for the church Christmas concert. Their song "Happy Birthday Jesus" is so cute, and they even do sign language during the song. So little ZooZoo was waiting in line to see Santa today and singing the Happy Birthday Jesus song. Was very cute. And in the end, she was to scared to see Santa.
    Merry Christmas to you!

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    1. You and your family are truly wonderful. Merry Christmas.

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  9. I agree with you. Very sad. People are forgetting who must have the credit every Christmas.

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  10. That's my favorite Christmas sermon.

    "And a little child shall lead you".

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  11. Charlie Brown brings back old memories. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Charlie Brown & Peanuts made sense, in a simple way.

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  12. We try to keep our celebrations low key, and make it about giving things to others, not getting. It's not easy, but staying away from the mall helps a lot.

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    1. You are wise, Mimi. Thanks for sharing here.

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  13. That's a great video. I think sometimes the real meaning of Christmas gets lost in all the hubub. But we try to keep it in the forefront.

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    1. I agree. We must keep trying to keep focus on its importance! Hug.

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  14. I think the true Christian meaning of Xmas should be celebrated all year and it is just lost in all the 'consumerism' ~ the things, the stuff ~ oh well ~ maybe I sound like 'humbug' ~ but this year I am praying to make it through each day ~ this season ~ Great post ~ carol, xxx

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    1. Yes, we should celebrate Christmas all year. Thank you for your comments here. I appreciate each one.

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  15. Amen. There is so much emphasis on all "stuff" and busy-ness during the Christmas season. Peace, love and hope to you, McGuffy Ann!

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