With the end of this semester, the holiday season begins with festivities, family gatherings, scrumptious food, and hectic shopping. Christmas’ meaning is different with everyone. And a huge question is, what is Christmas all about?
- To some, Christmas is a huge get-together with the ones you love. For others, it is a time for giving and being thankful. And, to be kind to those in need. Kids too, love to receive gifts. Don’t get me wrong, these are all great. But, what is Christmas and why do we celebrate?
- For me and my family, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Of course we love to do all of the above, but our mentality is different.
- Some people misunderstand that Christmas means “Christ’s birth”, but in Old English, it was Cristes mæsse, or “Christ mass, which refers to the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, i.e. the Mass. ” It’s been written as a single word since the fourteenth century.
- The word “Christmas” occurs nowhere in the Bible. The earliest occurrence of the word on record is 1038 A.D. Christians at this time considered the Mass (Lord’s Supper) to be the most important part of the celebration of Christ’s birth, hence it came to be called Christmas.
These verses from the Bible give the awesome story of the Birth of our Savior:
(Luke 1:35) The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.
(Luke 2:7-14) She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,“Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
I love this time of year, as do many others. I wish everyone a very blessed Christmas and a great New Year!!