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Every Christmas, most Christians around the world put up Christmas trees in their homes, outside their houses, in their churches and other places. They decorate these special trees with shiny gold and silver ornaments. Gifts boxes are put under them – with or without presents in them.
Come Christmas, almost everyone who celebrates it wants to have some kind of special present from loved ones – friends and family members. People like to exchange gifts during the Yuletide. I did enjoy this euphoria so much when I was a child. I always looked forward to receiving new clothes, presents and Christmas cards from family members and friends alike. It definitely is the time of the year that all kids yearn to see and experience. Oh. And not forgetting the beautiful carols that are sung by beautiful people on this festive season.
Besides enjoying Christmas celebrations at home, some Christians who are able, travel to the nativity town in Bethlehem, to see for themselves where Christ was born. They don’t mind spending that much money to have this adventure.
Now, let’s pause for a moment…. I would like to ask … have you ever, really, thought about the meaning of Christmas and the reason why you celebrate it? Or do you just celebrate it because others do? Have you ever asked yourself – why do I join in this blithesome season of joy and well-wishing fest? I believe it is time we ask ourselves these important questions.
As Christmas celebrants, we often come up with long list of things we wish to have or get from others. Some like to receive clothes, shoes and so on.
What is on your list? How many items do you have on your list? When I was a kid, I always had many things on my wish list – toys, clothes, shoes, candies, etc. Sometimes if you are lucky enough, you can get all the things you listed on your wish list. Other times you may not get all that you wished for. However, there will be no time that you will not get anything at all! That will be a total disaster. It can happen but very rarely.
At the end of the day, you sit down and count all the blessings that you received on Christmas. Smiles of joy are seen all over your face. You can’t be happier than that! During this moment of euphoria, you become immune to anger. Even If someone stepped on your foot, you might not feel it, let alone getting mad at the person. It’s really a time of joy and gladness. It’s a season that brings cheer to most people.
Christmas is celebrated not only by Christians, but by non Christians as well. Modern Christmas celebrations have been turned into multi-billion dollar business ever since “Santa Claus” was attached to it. Santa Claus has nothing to do with Christmas and yet the mythical Santa is more famous than the one whose birth is being celebrated.
- What is Christmas?
People observe Christmas festivities in many places around the world. But do we really know what Christmas is all about?
According to Wikipedia, Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning “Christ‘s Mass“) is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is prepared for by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas
Now we know what Christmas is. It is about the birth of Christ which was prophesied in the Bible that He will come into this world and bring joy to all human kind.
At His birth, the Bible says the heavenly angels sang a beautiful song saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14 (NKJV)
This is why we should celebrate Christmas. Actually, I would like to suggest that during this time, all hostilities should end. Let everyone stop for a while and think, as rational beings that can make better decisions. And let’s ask ourselves … why are we fighting each other and what are we fighting for? Why can’t we live together in peace? Let’s ask ourselves … what can we do to bring to an end all this madness of killing one another and destroying this Earth which we call our home?
What Can I Give Him?
Now that we know why we celebrate Christmas, let’s take a deep breath and ask ourselves – individually … What Can I Give Him? What can I give to the One whose birth brought joy to the whole world? There are a lot of things that we can give back to Him. Actually, He doesn’t need anything from us because everything belongs to Him as the Bible tells us that Jesus is the creator and owner of this universe and everything in it. Jesus Himself says in Revelation 1:8: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”(NKJV) Everything belongs to Him, therefore He does not need our help. The only thing we can do to show our appreciation for all that He has done for us is to help our fellow human beings.
So, what can we give Him – He who does not need anything from us human beings? Well, we cannot give any material things to Jesus; however, we can give Him our hearts. That is the only thing we can really do for Him.
When Christ resides in our hearts, our Christmas wish lists will then changed to “Give lists.” This means that, during Christmas, we will not wish that Santa will give us anything on our wish lists for being good boys and girls, but rather, we will list down the things that we can give back to Him whose birth we honor and cherish in our hearts.
Our “to Give lists” may include:
- Helping the poor and the needed
- Showing acts of kindness to people around us
- Assisting people with physical disabilities
- Allowing our fellow drivers to go ahead of us without getting enraged
- Sharing our things that are sharable with others
- Picking up trash from sidewalks
- Donating blood that can help save lives
- Being peace brokers
- Making changes in our lives that will make us better people
- Visiting orphanages and nursing homes
- Volunteering at Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) to share our skills
- Giving away used clothes or excess clothes to the needy
- Rushing to the aid of people who are in trouble
- Standing for what is right
- Taking good care of ourselves and be happy with our lives
This is just a few of the things we can offer to show that we really understand what Christmas is all about. The list can go on and on. You may add as many as you want, but the most important thing is to execute those things on the list – put them into practice!
There is no other way of giving back to Jesus than to lend a helping hand to others. Jesus Himself says in Matthew 25:40 –“Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” (NKJV)
As we celebrate this momentous season of the year, let us focus more on what we can give to others and not what we can receive from others!
Random Acts of Kindness
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