Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist. She has degrees in Psychology and Biblical studies
Christ-mas-Christ, the Anointed One, Jesus, Savior Messiah.
Mas- More of in Spanish
Christmas is supposed to indicate more of Christ but things have gone in a different direction over the years. It began when some Christians had an idea to get the focus off of the pagan Winter Solstice celebrations. They designated December 25 as a day to observe the birth of Jesus, but they never said He was born on this date.Now in our modern society that simple plan has gotten out of control. Christmas has turned into big business and a lot of fantasy. Santa Claus was a real person, name Saint Nicholas who was a Bishop of Smyrna. He gave gifts to poor children and this is why we give gifts today. Saint Nicholas was a Caucasian male but the myth of Santa Claus has done a lot of damage. There are people of various ethnicities who say that a "white man " in a red suit is not coming down chimnies to give presents to children of color and they say do away with it all. How about giving in memory of the Bishop who gave to the poor? In many churches, it used to be taught that we give gifts because the Heavenly Father gave us His best on Christmas Day, which was His Son who 33 years later died for the sins of the world. Whether you believe in Him or not, Christmas is about Christ. Instead of nonbelievers ignoring the holiday, they have turned it into their own, just like Thanksgiving.
Those who grew up attending church were blessed to sing the carols that confirm scripture as it relates to His birth. O Holy Night, Silent Night, O Come all ye faithful and others tell the gospel message in song. The secular world has invaded the holiday with Rudolph the red nose reindeer, Santa Claus is coming to town and other songs that have nothing to do with his birth. Some believers in Christ steer clear of the day because it is not commanded in the Bible. I say neither is going to church on Sunday but people do it anyway. I view Christmas as a time for a little more reflection upon Hi miraculous birth. It is an opportunity to share the gospel with those who have never heard it. What I find interesting is that Religious hymns will be playing right along with the secular carols in various locations and no one complains. As I have stated in other writings I always stop for a moment to sing along and thank Him for what He has done. A lot of the old movie classics that you see on TCM that were holiday-based had Christian carols playing although the plot was about something different. Just reflect a moment on the way the secular world has interfered with the true reason for the season with movies like The Santa Claus, Elf, and The Polar Express. Think about all the movies about getting a house, a dad, a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife for Christmas. All of these things take way from what those early believers intended.
Jesus is the reason for all seasons
Those who believe can celebrate Him every day because He is the reason for all seasons. Time as we know it was based upon Him with BC, Before Christ and AD , Ana Domino, after the resurrection. Now that has even been changed to BCE and CE to accommodate those who do not believe. I do not use the common era and before the common era. I will always utilize that which exalts Him. The world is growing more anti-Christ every day. I have heard people say they enjoy the Christmas season but not the religious aspect. As with Thanksgiving and Easter/Resurrection Sunday, non believers want the frills and fun of Christmas, but not the Christ who inspired it. This is why it is so important for those of us who know Him, to reveal Him in our lives every day and not allow the secular to overtake any area where we give Him the glory.
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© 2020 Cheryl E Preston
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on November 28, 2020:
Yes Peggy that is so true.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 28, 2020:
Christmas for Christians will always carry the meaning of the birth of Christ. I also remember the fun as a child of learning the other traditions like the Christmas tree, gift-giving, special foods, etc. It is a time for families and friends to gather, which is always nice. Of course, this year with the pandemic, gatherings may be quite different.