Christmas - what is it all about?

When I was driving home a couple of Sunday ago after church service, I had this interesting conversation with my kids. The older one is 8 years old and the younger one is 5 and a half. As they are learning about Christmas is about the birth of Jesus from Sunday school, I deduced that they began seeing the significant of the event based on the conversation I had with them.

As the younger one said on Christmas day she is going to get lot of present and of course it is also the birth of baby Jesus, so I asked her if you do not get any present on Christmas day, will you be happy? She replied, "No. there got to be present!"

So I went on to ask my son, "Would you be happy if you don't get any present?"
He replied quite quickly, "Of course, because it is Jesus' birthday"
Then, within the next 2 seconds, he continued, " Actually, I will be rather sad if I don't get any present. But it is okay too because it is Jesus' birthday."

I can see that while they don't really understand the significant meaning of Christmas, which according to the Gospel of Luke 2:8-11 " And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."
Simply put the message of Christmas is: "A Saviour for all the people was born".

But I admire their simple hearts, saying exactly what they think and how they feel. Sometimes it is easier for an 8 years old just to give an answer what the adult expected of them just for approval, but I am glad he didn't.

Despite what I had said, they are going to get lots of presents this Christmas (not all from us)! Of course, deep down my hope is that they will come to grip with the real meaning of Christmas as proclaimed by the angels on the first Christmas for that is the best Christmas present they can ever receive

Comments:

Actually, Christmas is about worshiping nature around the winter solstice. Religions are always trying to rewrite history.

Posted by guest on December 20, 2004 at 09:43 AM GMT+00:00 #

No doubt Christmas and the time of the year is a great opportunity for family and personal reflection and pondering after all what is life all about!
While one adores the winter solstice, does not the question how such beauty came about?

Posted by guest on December 20, 2004 at 10:04 AM GMT+00:00 #


Long before Christ was born, Dec. 25th was orginally a pagan holiday celebrated by Vikings (Yule) and Druids who worshipped trees.

See this link:

Christmas Was Originally a Pagan Holiday

Christians need to remember this: Christmas is a pagan holiday which has nothing to do with Jesus Christ.

Posted by guest on December 20, 2004 at 11:49 AM GMT+00:00 #

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