christmas

The world seems to have removed Christ from His own celebrations and replaced Him with X, thrown Him out and brought in Mr X. So, what does this really mean for our Christmas celebrations? What are we really doing on the 25th of December each year? Let’s break it down a little! Christmas means a celebration of Christ. Christ is our Lord and Saviour and Mas means celebrations, it really is that simple and uncomplicated. My experience of X is that it is a letter but not much else. We also use it as a correction tool to cross out mistakes and replace them with the correct meaning. Knowing that X means absolutely nothing, it is reasonable to conclude that if we are celebrating Xmas we are in fact celebrating NOTHING!

Each year we spend millions and millions of hard earned monies, travel thousands of miles across oceans to unite with family and friends, give and receive gifts, rejoice and party in every sense of the word for… wait for it… NOTHING; as we are celebrating X! Whilst this is more than a little disturbing, it does make perfect sense that in a secular world, so far removed from God it would be impossible to celebrate Him without really knowing Him in the first place. Therefore, instead of getting to know Him, we have found a work-around, which is to hijack His celebrations, rename it and use it as an excuse to celebrate in a way dictated by ourselves and not by the real meaning of Christmas.

For everyone who knows Jesus or is curious to know Him and what He really represents, please don’t leave Him out of His own celebrations. We may not have the correct date and the celebrations may have been born out of pagan celebrations initially; but celebrating the fact that Jesus Christ came into our world to die for us is a very good thing. It was never a time to go out and party hard, drink until you are senseless, remembering nothing of the wonderful occasion, buy expensive presents for babies and children who cannot possible attribute any value to them, eat until we can barely breathe, then eat some more, complain about our increased weight over the ‘Xmas’ period, then pay to lose it in the New Year!! These are truly Xmas and not Christmas celebrations.

Christmas however, is a different matter altogether. It is a time for celebrating, remembering and meditating on God’s arrival as a man in the earth. Giving thanks and showing love to each other, but more importantly, helping people to understand who Jesus Christ is and why He came. Although the event should be remembered all year round we know how busy and ridiculously hectic life gets so it is good to put special time aside to enjoy this great, great occasion in the history of mankind. Unfortunately, it becomes increasingly difficult to pass this down through generations as it is now considered an offence to have nativity plays in schools ‘in-case we offend other religions by mentioning Jesus Christ,’ the bedrock on which our society was built on.

If we make it about expensive gifts we often cannot afford, getting into debt, doing everything in excess and regretting it in the New Year, the real meaning is lost. Showing God love for what He has done and continues to do and showing each other love in this age seems to be the most elusive gift of all that few can afford to give; yet it is completely FREE! Truth be told, the heart is very rarely involved in these practices often perpetuated through pressure, expectations and pride.

I don’t want to be outdone again!
I’ve got to step up my game this year!
I can’t really afford it but it will look bad if I don’t get them something!
If I don’t get her the latest version on the market she will think I don’t love her!
He got that last year so this year it has to be this!
One present is not enough!

How is the heart involved in any of the above reasons for giving? These are the pressures we put ourselves under when we take away the real meaning of Christmas and make it about Xmas. A few days’ holiday from work is always a good thing as rest was always in God’s plan for us. We were never created to be working ceaselessly, but this has become the norm; far removed from the days of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden.

Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas and try to remember not to remove Christ from His celebrations, but embrace Him and what He did for us, which is why we have these celebrations in the first place. Let ‘X’ remain where he is, crossed out and replaced by Christ, the true meaning of Christmas!

Have a blessed Christmas.