The true meaning of Christmas no longer lives. Christmas is the most popular holiday in terms of businesses making profit. The social and cultural significance are paramount. Christmas is the day many people expect to receive gifts and many people spend lots of money they don’t have.
We live in a society today, where Christmas has become a commercial business. Businesses market and make millions of dollars for just one day. According to abcnews.com, “ The average American will spend $700 on holiday gifts and goodies this year, totaling more than $465 billion, the National Retail Federation estimates.”
Christmas should not be a season to make money.
Christmas should be a state of mind and a lifestyle that people should want to adopt and have all year long.
Christmas is the time to show more love and appreciation for everyone. One should inspire to have the mind set all year, not only during the holiday season.
Christmas should not be a season of pressure and stress but a season of love and giving. If you are more fortunate than someone else, learn how to be a blessing to someone who is not as fortunate. It’s not all about what you can get. It’s about what you can give.
It’s better to give than receive.
Families who are less fortunate often become sad and depressed during this time of the year because they can’t afford to provide a gift for their children or loved ones. Many people can’t afford to put food on their table. In America, crime spikes because of the holidays and the pressure to give gifts.
According to hr.org,”reports from the National CrimeVictimization Survey (NCVS), two specific types of crime increase in December: robbery and personal larceny. These two crimes increase by approximately 20 percent during the last month of the year. “
What is the real meaning of Christmas?
Christmas is the observance of Jesus birth to a Virgin Mary in a stable in Bethlehem. The holiday also celebrates the events surrounding his birth, such as the angel’s appearance to shepherds, telling them to visit the newborn king. Christmas is the annual Christian Festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
When did Christmas begin?
There is no historical record or data, neither does the New Testament in the Bible provide the exact date of birth.
The original date goes back as far as A.D 723. Some people believe Christmas is a pagan holiday because two festivals honoring the sun occurred on this day. Some people believe, that December 25 was the chosen date to counter act the paganism.
The traditional customs and symbol of Christmas such as Santa Claus, exchanging gifts, Christmas tree decorating, Christmas lights, and having a large feast come from sources other than the church.
Santa Claus is one of the most popular customs that embodies the symbol of gift giving for children. It is marketed and believed that he will come to your house on Christmas on sleigh with reindeers, a bag of toys and come down your chimney. Stuff your stockings and leave you what you want.
The reason for the season is to give and show love. It is important to spend time with your loved ones, exchange gifts however set a limit that works for your budget. Consider donating money to charities and spend time with someone who doesn’t have any family.
Christmas should also be a time to educate your children and explain the real reason for the season. It’s not about what you get, it’s about what you do for others no matter how big or small. This behavior should also be promoted to do all year long.