How Often do we Remember the True Meaning of Christmas?

Hello, everyone!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful week thus far. We have been very busy getting ready for Christmas celebrations. I love the Christmas feelings.

I love strolling through the stores that have pretty decorations and holiday music playing, picking special gifts out for my friends and family. I love bundling up and seeing my breath come out in puffs. When it does snow, I enjoy watching it float softly to the ground as I sit inside reading a book or writing. I love hot chocolate with cinnamon or peppermint. Currently, I am sitting on the couch, in the living room, next to the Christmas tree, sipping on orange spice tea, out of a cute Christmas-y mug, writing this blog post. But WAIT.

Hold on here….  Something is missing. Something is wrong. Where’s Jesus Christ in all of this holiday fuss?

I’d like to see an experiment where a family celebrates one Christmas without the tree and shining lights, without the gifts (any gifts), without a big Christmas feast, and without special Christmas music. Without all of the traditions that most Christian families hold to. I think that it’s fairly safe to say that the family would feel… maybe… at a loss of some sort. The world has put so much into this holiday.

Don’t get me wrong! I love every bit of the fuss that goes into this wonderful time of year! So many of the Christmas songs have deep, beautiful meaning. We get to spend time with our family and friends. We show our love and appreciation by sending out letters and giving small treasures to each other.

But, in all the hoopla that goes into this holiday, we often tend to have Jesus in the back of our minds. We tend to take Him for granted. I mean, that’s like going to someone’s birthday party just for the cake and ice cream! Ok, bad illustration… but that’s pretty much it, right? When did all of the extra stuff become so important to us?

Jesus should be on the forefront of our mind. We wouldn’t be having any Christmas celebrations if He didn’t come to be born on earth. And WHY did He come to be born on earth?

He saved us from our sins. So, in reality, we’re celebrating Resurrection Sunday. We have to be careful… so much had been added to this holiday that Jesus gets pushed to the side. Instead, families today are teaching their beloved children about Santa Claus. They’re teaching them about a fictional character that someday will be forgotten, whereas Jesus is never forgotten.

Have a blessed night, and I’ll write more on Saturday. I’ll post some of Schylie’s story (click here for Part 1) and I’ll be wishing you guys a merry CHRISTmas! 😀

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2 thoughts on “How Often do we Remember the True Meaning of Christmas?

  1. Hi! Wow what a beautiful post! 🙂 I really enjoyed reading it. It remembered me a letter a priest in my church (cuz I’m catholic 🙂 ) read to us during his teaching… I know it’s a little bit long but… it’s sooooooo true! 🙂

    Hello dear friend! Well, as you know, it’s time for my birthday again. Last year, they had a real big party for me and it seems like they will again this year. After all, they’ve been shopping and preparing for it for months now, and there have been announcements and advertisements almost everyday about how soon it’s coming! They really do go overboard about it, but it’s nice to know that at least on one day of the year some people are thinking about me a little.

    You know, it’s been many years now since they first started celebrating my birthday. Back then they seemed to realize and appreciate how much fun it is for the little children. Just the same, it seems that most folks are missing the point of it all. Like last year, for example: When my birthday came around, they threw a big party, but can you believe it?… I wasn’t invited! Imagine! The guest of honor, and they forgot all about me! Here they had begun preparing for the festivities two months in advance, but when the big day came, I was left out in the cold!

    Well, it happened so many times in recent years, I wasn’t even surprised. Even though I wasn’t invited, I thought I’d just quietly slip in anyway. So I came in and stood off to the side. Everyone was drinking, laughing and having a grand time, when all of the sudden, in came this fat fellow in a bright red suit, wearing a phony white beard and shouting, “Ho Ho Ho!”

    He looked like he had more than enough to drink, but he somehow managed to weave his way running the floor while everyone cheered. When he collapsed into a big armchair, all the children went running over to him excitedly yelling, “Santa!! Santa!!”

    I mean, you’d have thought he was the guest of honor and the whole holiday was in his honor! Then he began telling them the most ridiculous stories you’ve ever heard … that he lived at the North Pole with a crew of dwarfs and that every year on my birthday he rides in his sleigh pulled by a bunch of flying reindeers, delivering presents to children all over the world!! I mean there wasn’t a word of truth in anything he said! Imagine telling such poor, little, impressionable kids such far-fetched fables! Finally I just had to leave, I walked out of the door, and it was hardly surprising that no one even noticed that I had gone.

    As I walked on the street afterward, I felt about as lonely and forlorn as stray dogs! I could hardly remember the last time I’d felt that low. Maybe you do not think I cry………..

    Another thing that amazes me is how, on my birthday, instead of giving me presents, most people give presents to each other!

    And to top it all off, it’s usually all kinds of stuff they don’t even need! Let me ask you, wouldn’t you find it odd if when your birthday came along, all your friends decided to celebrate it by giving each other presents and never gave you a thing? Someone once told me, well, it’s because you’re not around like other people are, so how can we give you a present?

    You know my answer to that one: Then give gifts of food and clothing to the poor, help those who need it. Go visit the lonely! I said, Listen, any gift you give to your needy fellowmen, I’ll count as if you gave it to me personally! (See Matthew 25:34-40)

    Well sad to say, things are getting worse each year. You can just imagine my shock a few years ago when I began seeing them taking my name out of my birthday greeting and replacing it with an X. What an insult!! Think of it!…X-mas!! What if I wrote you a birthday card and said Happy Birthday X! You’d probably never talk to me again!

    And that’s just about how I feel, I mean what more could they do to push me right out of the picture on my own birthday? It reminds me of what happened recently to a friend of mine, a sweet elderly fellow. He’s from the poorer side of town and he’s been trying unsuccessfully for years to join the church. But it was a very exclusive church for the proper kind of folks, and they just did not think he was good enough to be a member.

    I found him one day sitting by the church steps with his head on his hands bowed and I asked him what was wrong, he told me about it, I put my arm around his shoulder and told him I knew how he felt. I’ve been wanting to enter that same church for twenty years and they’ve never let me in either! Well, there’s an end even to my patience. So I’m going to let you in on a secret………

    Now this is something I’ve been planning on doing for quite sometime, but the way things are going, I think I’m planning of holding my own party! How about that? It’s going to be the biggest most fantastic feast you could possibly imagine! It might not happen this year, but I’m sending out invitations now anyway because I know you’ll want to come.

    There’s going to be room for billions, for everyone who wants to come! Some really famous old timers and celebrities are going to be there and I’ll reserve you a seat of honor right with them! (Matthew 8:11) So hold on to your hat because when everything is ready, I’m going to spring it as a big surprise and a lot of people are going to be left out in the cold, because they didn’t answer my invitation!! Let me know right away if you’d like to come, and I’ll reserve you a place and, write your name in large golden letters in my BIG GUEST BOOK!!

    Much Love,
    JESUS

    I’hope it wasn’t too long.. 😉
    Émilie

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