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The Meaning of Christmas

Posted: December 21, 2011 in Uncategorized
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About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel. (Luke 2:1-7 MSG)

Christmas is a celebration of life, the life of Christ. We respect all religious celebration, but those that are Christian are regarded as a commercial holiday.
Christmas is a time to celebrate a birthday, but we seem to celebrate by giving expensive presents to each other without understanding the real reason for the giving. We all have a birthday that we celebrate & receive gifts, but Christmas needs to be more than selfishness. We need to start to think about those that are alone, homeless or poor. They have nothing & will receive nothing over Christmas, because they are forgotten.

While enjoying Christmas try to remember those that are usually forgotten & if you have made more than enough food for your guest, maybe find a local homeless shelter & give them some of the food that would otherwise be thrown away.

Question: Do you know the real meaning of Christmas? Or is it just another holiday to get more stuff?