The Real Meaning
A Michael W Truitt blog
Have we lost the real meaning of Christmas? As we all scurry about shopping for gifts (me too), trying to figure out what to buy Aunt Sue, and Cousin Joe or the young man next door. People tend to get stressed at this time of year. Not to mention going into debt to buy that perfect gift, you know the one you really couldn’t afford to begin with. Keeping up with the Jones’ has always been attractive, the “My Gift is better than yours” attitude.
But what is the real meaning of Christmas?
Christmas Day is supposed to be an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, it is generally on December 25, and serves as religious and cultural holiday. The precise day of Jesus’ birth, which historians place between 7 and 2 BC, is unknown. In the early4th century, the Western Christian Church first placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted also in the East. We all know how the story goes, the popular tradition, the birth took place in a stable, because there was no room at the inn, the three Magi or Wise men who brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh, but nowhere in the bible does it mention “shop till you drop.
Christmas is celebrations of the birth of Jesus Christ, a time when we are suppose to love each other. Which by the way we should be doing each and every day. There should be some gift giving but I would not go overboard. If you find yourself stressing out over the gift buying, get a gift card, and let the person you are stressing over buy their own gift.
Keep in mind though that Christmas is about the love that God has for each of us, that he sent his only son, set with a mission to save us all.