The true meaning of Christmas

Liza (in A Simple Life) tagged me for this cute meme. I don't celebrate Christmas, but I decided to indulge her, so here it goes....

Here are the instructions for this meme:

1. Make a paragraph next to the last paragraph in the tag that is passed to you “What is Christmas to you” and put your name at the end of it linking back to your site, or the page that answered this tag.
2. You can use a title that will suit your Christmas idea.
3. Then tag as many as you can.

Christmas is an annual holiday that makes my little wishes come true. A pair of new shoes, new dress and gifts from my Godparents. That’s how I defined Christmas years and years ago until… I came to Bahrain. That’s when I realized what it really means. A special day to commemorate the birth of Jesus. Here in Bahrain, Christmas is nothing. It’s just an ordinary working day for almost everyone, unless your boss is considerate, he’ll give you at least a half day to celebrate, if there are celebrations happening. But in my case, there’s nothing to celebrate literally. Everyone is at work, that includes my husband and myself. We attend the midnight (Christmas Eve) mass and that’s it, go to sleep and get back to work the next day, on Christmas day. My first Christmas away from home happened in 1999. I came here in October and had the most loneliest Christmas ever in my life - without my family. That made me realized their importance. On how meaningless celebrations would be without them. To cut the story short, for me Christmas is all about Jesus and family. If you have friends to celebrate this special day with you, that’s a bonus! -When Silence Speaks

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A little while ago, I talked to my daughter about this year’s Christmas being different from the other Christmases we had. She asked me why. I explained to her that my husband and I are both undergoing financial difficulties since hubby has just been doing consultancy work since March and that means no extra money for the holiday expenses, not that we give expensive, extravagant gifts, we don’t. She said something like: “It’s okay, we don’t need expensive gifts, what is important is that we are together.” Thank you, Trixie, for making this easier. (Please click on her name to see what she has written in her blog about her thoughts on this.) We have always emphasized about the real meaning of this holy day. That this is about Jesus who came to save us from sins and give us eternal life. We always make it a point to go to church during the morning of Christmas day to give thanks to the Lord. Christmas is not just a holy day, not just a time of giving gifts but a time to thank the Lord for the blessings of life. TeacherJulie

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Christmas is about the decision that God made to save mankind! The piercing truth is that Christmas is about so many decisions. First: It is the decision of God to send us Jesus Christ. Second: It is the decision of Mary to accept the will of God and cooperate in the plan of salvation. Third: Joseph decided to take Mary as his wife despite her condition. Joseph did not understand completely and yet because the angel told him so, he decided to say ‘yes’, too. Sometimes I feel that the yes of Mary overstated and the weight of Joseph’s yes was underestimated. If Joseph did not agree to the angel’s leading, the ‘yes’ of Mary would have resulted in a condemnable pregnancy that could have led to a dead mother and baby. Mary should have been stoned to death if Joseph decided to say no. Joseph’s decision was important. Fourth: It was also the decision of the wise Men to go another way and not collaborate with Herod who wanted to kill the Child Jesus. Fifth: It was the decision, too, of the shepherds to go in haste and tell the others what they have seen. So, for me Christmas is a story of decisions! - Dom

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hhhhmmmm, ‘what is Christmas to me?’ …..it is something that is very significant to my heart… Christmas to me is approaching Jesus with an offering of simple adornments, not gold or precious stones but a pure and clean heart! It is important to remember though that it is HE who wants to come to me, to us. How we look externally and/or outwardly might not mean as much to HIM but only a pure and contrite heart!…. He wants to look into our hearts because it is there where HE wants to dwell to bring to it beauty and light. His wish is that here, within the deep recesses of our hearts and souls, which HE fashioned with love after HIS own heart, only one STAR shines brightly!…. So our hearts must carry HIM and HIM alone. For HE is the light, like no other. And if we carry HIM in our hearts, there is no need for make-up, jewelry, or even a brand new colorful polo shirt or blouse and skirt because we will radiate with HIS light and beauty and when that happens, there can never be too much. -Gbex

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What is Christmas? hmmmm… When the month of “ber” comes and it’s getting colder, Christmas is coming and i’m always looking forward for this month and weather. When i was young, Christmas for me is vacation, wearing new clothes, meeting relatives and getting more presents. But it changed when i entered college and got a job. The meaning became saving money, meeting friends and buying presents specially for my godchildren. Generally, we defined Christmas as the birth of Christ. Everyone is busy buying presents but we never thought or gave anything to the Celebrant (Jesus). This Christmas, give your present to God. Surrender your life to Him and this is the best present that you can give. - idealpinkrose

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We celebrate Christmas because it’s the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ. It’s all about Love why HE was born and died on the cross for us. John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Therefore, for me the true meaning of Christmas is Love and with it comes forgiveness and reconciliation. We also remember His birth by giving each other gifts, worshipping Him, and being especially conscious of the poor and less fortunate. - Thinking Out Loud

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Christmas for me is the ultimate reminder on how much God loves us, that He gave His only Son Jesus Christ to be our Savior. For me, its a celebration of love and a time to share our blessings to others.. a time for giving and reaching out to the less fortunate and it’s also a wonderful time to be with your family. Christmas is not just all about santa claus or the gifts that you will receive or for shopping, we should always remember that Jesus is the reason for the season and let us reflect on how much God loves us. - Just Let Go/Pieces of Me

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Christmas is about giving love, forgiving. This remind us how lucky and how God love us when he gave us his only son Jesus Christ. A time for sharing our blessing to our family, friends and to others. - Celebrate Life/My Journey

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When I was younger, I looked forward to every Christmas because that meant new dresses, new pair of shoes, toys and a lot of presents and money from ninongs and ninangs. Now that I’m older, married, and have my own family, I view Christmas differently. Remembering the birth of Jesus and the real reason why He was given to us by God the Father is the true meaning of Christmas for me. Whether you’re having an extravagant or just plain simple feast on the table, being together as a family especially on this blessed day is what really counts. Giving random acts of kindness to people you meet everyday and touching their lives in your own little way is more than giving expensive presents. These 3 are the true meaning of Christmas for me which I try to teach my children. - Liza of moms…..check nyo & A Simple Life.

To me, Christmas means my mom happily cooking to celebrate Jesus Christ's birth. She always sets up a tree, and her eyes shine as she does it - it is quite a treat for any daughter to witness: I love you mom! - MAX

I would like to tag: Amel, Crystal and Trinity

Merry festivities, guys!

Comments

  1. Wow Max that was fast... lol ;) Thanks for doing this even if you don't celebrate christmas, it was nice of you,, really. I appreciate it ;)

    Have a great Thursday!

    http://mlizcochico.com

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  2. Hey Liza,

    You are welcome :)! That way those who love and celebrate Xmas have a chance to let others know what it means to them ;)!

    Have a great Thursday yourself, dear!

    Cheers

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  3. Hi! Dropping by from the Christmas tag. Hope you have a great day! :)

    Julie
    http://teacherjulie.com

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  4. Even though I don't really celebrate it now, I have great childhood memories of Xmas. I'm thankful for that :$

    Why don't you celebrate anymore Max?

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  5. Hello Julie,

    Welcome to MAX; and thanks for having dropped by! :)

    Have a great day yourself, and thanks :D!

    Cheers

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  6. Hello Zhu,

    I was never a great fan of Christmas, even as a kid (although my mom always prepare these great parties, and presents).

    When I grew up I was interested in so many philosophies of life, that I stopped celebrating it for good (I found out that I don't feel related with it)!

    I am glad that you have great childhood memories of Xmas :)! I think they are important...there's nothing more gorgeous than seeing a child happy :).

    Cheers

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  7. Excellent tag!!!!!

    I loved reading these various views…Max thanks for doing this!

    When I was young Christmas was about getting gifts as I grew up in a family that was not Jesus followers (we did of course practice all of those cultural Christmas things such as a tree and turkey).

    Later in my late twenties when I became a Jesus follower everything changed! It isn’t about the food, trees, gifts, or family….it is ALL about God coming to Earth as Jesus, the Incarnation, Jesus the God-man…but Christmas is nothing without Easter….Christmas is the beginning of the Visitation, Easter puts on full display the glorious love of God and proves the claims of Christmas….The path of the manger to the cross by the One is inextricably bound….

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  8. LS,

    Thank you, and welcome back to the Maxcomment-sphere *bow* lol....

    "I loved reading these various views…Max thanks for doing this!" - yes, they are quite interesting :). You are most welcome!

    "When I was young Christmas was about getting gifts as I grew up in a family that was not Jesus followers (we did of course practice all of those cultural Christmas things such as a tree and turkey)" - that's cute, LS :). I can imagine you as a kid all happy waiting for the gift opening time...did you also leave milk and cookies for Santa?

    "Later in my late twenties when I became a Jesus follower everything changed!" - you became a Jesus follower in your late twenties? Really?! Wow...that's unusual :-0!
    "It isn’t about the food, trees, gifts, or family…." - ok, I understand your saying that it isn't about food, trees and gifts (although many would say that a good Xmas meal is important); but Xmas is about family, since it celebrates the birth of a person, and a birth is always a family moment. Then Jesus grew up and fulfilled his mission...

    "it is ALL about God coming to Earth as Jesus, the Incarnation, Jesus the God-man…but Christmas is nothing without Easter….Christmas is the beginning of the Visitation, Easter puts on full display the glorious love of God and proves the claims of Christmas….The path of the manger to the cross by the One is inextricably bound…." - my friend, I do not wish to shock other Christmas lovers that might drop by (due to this tag), but you know what I feel about Jesus being God in the form of man *nodding*...Easter to me is different from your easter...

    Wow, only us to comment this long on a tag LOL :).

    Cheers

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  9. Dear Max.. thank you for the tag.. I will do it and will certainly let you know when I finish the tag.

    I have uploaded some pictures of travel updates.. :-)

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  10. Hello Trinity,

    Take your time, and you are most welcome :)!

    I will drop by your blog subito :D! I must see your photos :)..

    Cheers

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  11. Its Pre-Christmas celebration times & it was lovely reading this post during this time with so many lovely insights...beautifully written post!

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  12. Hi Max!

    You said:
    I can imagine you as a kid all happy waiting for the gift opening time...did you also leave milk and cookies for Santa?

    I respond:
    Mandarine oranges are very popular here so that is the food of choice for Santa but yes the others are also acceptable LOL LOL

    The deer also liked the oranges! I think they still do ;]

    You said:
    "Later in my late twenties when I became a Jesus follower everything changed!" - you became a Jesus follower in your late twenties? Really?! Wow...that's unusual :-0!
    "It isn’t about the food, trees, gifts, or family…." - ok, I understand your saying that it isn't about food, trees and gifts (although many would say that a good Xmas meal is important); but Xmas is about family, since it celebrates the birth of a person, and a birth is always a family moment. Then Jesus grew up and fulfilled his mission...

    I respond:
    I am starting to organize an article about how I became a Jesus follower, it is well overdue….I am generally unusual LOL

    When I say it isn’t about family I am saying that it is all about Jesus, He has all the primacy. If He is not at the core of what you are celebrating you are missing what Christmas is about. It is not “for children” for example, it is for everybody. A family spending time together has nothing to do with the true meaning of Christmas unless Jesus permeates the gathering.

    Obviously I am not against families getting together, that can be a beautiful thing but it can also be a bad time….often because people are missing the point of Christmas…

    You said:
    "it is ALL about God coming to Earth as Jesus, the Incarnation, Jesus the God-man…but Christmas is nothing without Easter….Christmas is the beginning of the Visitation, Easter puts on full display the glorious love of God and proves the claims of Christmas….The path of the manger to the cross by the One is inextricably bound…." - my friend, I do not wish to shock other Christmas lovers that might drop by (due to this tag), but you know what I feel about Jesus being God in the form of man *nodding*...Easter to me is different from your easter...

    I respond:
    LOL LOL
    Max one of the things I like about you is that you don’t believe Jesus is God and then pretend to go along with it….If Jesus is not God then Christmas and Easter are worthless…so it is logical that you would not celebrate them in a “Christian” manner.

    Christmas is shocking but Easter…Easter is so far beyond shocking….they change everything…

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  13. Hey Kalyan,

    True: some people are already celebrating it before the big time with the family :).

    I am glad you liked it, thank you :D!

    Cheers

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  14. Hello LS;

    I can see that you are inspired this week: How nice :)!

    "Mandarine oranges are very popular here so that is the food of choice for Santa but yes the others are also acceptable LOL LOL" - LOL LOL if I were Santa I would love those Mandarine oranges LOL *nodding*.

    "The deer also liked the oranges! I think they still do ;]" - LOL LOL LOL this one is awesomely funny LOL *nodding*.

    "I am starting to organize an article about how I became a Jesus follower, it is well overdue….I am generally unusual LOL" - LOL I can see that, LS...well, being unusual is always good (at least for people like us) LOL *nodding*. Oh, I can't wait to read that article, it must be quite interesting :).

    "When I say it isn’t about family I am saying that it is all about Jesus, He has all the primacy. If He is not at the core of what you are celebrating you are missing what Christmas is about. It is not “for children” for example, it is for everybody. A family spending time together has nothing to do with the true meaning of Christmas unless Jesus permeates the gathering." - Well, many families know that they gather because they are celebrating the family of Jesus too. But you are right in one thing: most forget what the purpose of Christmas is...

    "Obviously I am not against families getting together, that can be a beautiful thing but it can also be a bad time….often because people are missing the point of Christmas…" - I am glad you are not against it; because I am sure you gather with yours, right :)?

    "LOL LOL Max one of the things I like about you is that you don’t believe Jesus is God and then pretend to go along with it….If Jesus is not God then Christmas and Easter are worthless…so it is logical that you would not celebrate them in a “Christian” manner." - I didn't know that you liked more than one thing about me (this is excellent to know) LOL LOL...seriously now: do I pretend to go along with it? I am just being diplomatic here; do you know the quantity of people who is Christian in blogger? The majority...no need to shock them :). I am glad that you understand me...now lol :).

    "Christmas is shocking but Easter…Easter is so far beyond shocking….they change everything… " - damn pagans LOL LOL *amused face*!Well, it is up to the true Christians to pursue the true Easter tradition, isn't it? As for the others: Easter is all about the bunny *nodding*!

    LS, only you to have so much to say on a tag LOL :).

    Cheers

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