What is the true meaning of Christmas?
In these last few days before Christmas, I invite you to step away from the hustle and bustle and reflect on why we celebrate this holiday. It seems like somewhere along the way, the celebration of the birth of Christ gave way to Santa Claus and presents. You see, God gave us his only son, Jesus, who came to earth to show humanity the way of love and to sacrifice himself for our sins. The story of Jesus’ birth represents the ultimate surrender. The sharing of presents represents the gifts the Three Wise Men offered the baby Jesus. Sharing gifts shows our love and appreciation for one another and expresses generosity and thankfulness.
It is not about scurrying around up to the last minute buying something for the people on your Christmas list. It is not about exhausting yourself and your bank account. It is not about giving your child or children everything they ‘want’ regardless of the costs. It is not about falling for the commercialization of a season that started as an ultimate sacrifice.
So, I share this “Teach the Children the True Meaning of Christmas” by an unknown author.
The Star: A heavenly sign of prophecy fulfilled long ages ago–the shining hope of mankind.
Red: The first color of Christmas symbolizing the Savior’s sacrifice for all.
Fir Tree: Evergreen- The second color of Christmas shows everlasting life. The needles point heavenward.
The Bell: Rings out to guide lost sheep back to the fold–signifying all are precious in the eyes of the Lord.
The Candle: A mirror of starlight reflecting our thanks for the Star of Bethlehem.
Gift Bow: Tied as we should all be tired together in bonds of goodwill forever.
Candy Cane: The shepherd’s crook used to bring lambs back into the fold–A reminder that we are all our brother’s keeper.
The Wreath: A symbol of the never-ending eternal nature of love, having no beginning and no end.
Merry Christmas, my friend.