What Does Christmas Mean To You? 

What Is The True Meaning of Christmas
MERRY CHRISTMAS…and…HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EVERYONE ON EARTH

What does it mean to you? Do the days leading up to this holiday make you giddy with joy in anticipation of lavish gifts lying unde

Or do you find yourself alone and feeling sorrow, having no one?  Or even with your family and barely see the way for affording gifts or Christmas dinner? Christmas means so much to many, but whatever the circumstances, it is a time for sharing.

But if you think Christmas means receiving gifts tied with the extravagant ribbons and adorned with expensive do-dads or a competition for the greatest number of gifts under the tree, then you have missed the spirit of the holiday?

Perhaps you feel Christmas is for competing against your neighbors for the best-dressed lawn or rooftops that glisten from the lights strewn across lawns, rooftops, windows and garage doors. Oh, let’s not forget about the huge reindeers, sleighs, the circular trees made from lights, manger scenes or this year’s newest offerings of gift boxes lit up so all can believe Santa dropped his bag of goodies at your doorsteps! I have heard a company actually travels around hanging lights or decorations so you do not have to enjoy the festivities with family and friends from the Christmas cheer. The charge for such a pleasure begins at a mere $800 and can cost you up to a measly $5,000. Now, that is certainly an eye opener for the cost of Christmas spirit!

Have you fallen into the traps set up for the general public by the merchandise houses and chain stores to shop Thanksgiving afternoon? It used to mark the largest shopping day of the year but if you haven’t noticed, Thanksgiving has fallen prey to the greed and families everywhere are barely finding time to give thanks for the blessings in their lives, before rushing off to help others who are also not enjoying their day either, just to save a buck! 

Yes, you want your families to celebrate this grand holiday but many of us are seeing secularization amongst us. We need a balance between faith, whatever yours may be and the pleasures of life that allow us to enjoy the exchange of gifts to even include some of those glittering with joyful heartthrobs as you anticipate the opening of the boxes you had never seen before under a fine Christmas tree.

You have likely heard the tales of Robin Hood who stole from the rich and gave to the needy. That to me represents the true meaning of Christmas. Do we need those 8 pairs of socks or could we spare one pair? Each year this holiday spells out an abundance of everything…What if we took one pair of socks, one comb, one sandwich or a piece of turkey and put it in a basket that had a 2 yard piece of fleece to warm a body living on the street? That would be the best Christmas to me!

Maybe Christmas to you is gathering together and spending time with your loved ones, giving thanks for the many blessings each of us has…even when we may feel slighted in our living arrangements, health or financial needs. But the one constant in our lives are the blessings we all have if you just look for them. Why not gather around by a warm fire and build memories with one another? But, of course, not until after Santa has made his visit!

It was over 2 thousand years ago when God sent his only Son to the world in order to provide salvation for us all. Many believe this but amongst us are other faiths which may or may not subscribe to that belief. But I personally just wanted to carry a message of love and peace to my family and loyal fans.

The true meaning of Christmas to me means that the spirit of giving should govern our hearts, but not just on the one day of the year. Look around and you will see a countless number of homeless and hungry people in the streets all over the world. Yes, it is that time of year again but I ask you to examine your hearts and know what the spirit means to you and not get swept up, not realizing the importance of this day.

Consider when walking down the street during the holiday how you say Merry Christmas…now what do you say the other 364 days of the year when passing by anyone on the street?

Did you know that the true meaning of Christmas, is actually a phrase that began in the mid-19th century? There is a poem, A Visit From St. Nicholas, from 1843, which helped make the exchanging of gifts popular making it a seasonal Christmas shopping time which became a boost in economic importance.

The idea was to give up only thinking about just yourself and focus on or think about others…bringing others happiness…Now, as I said earlier, that is what the Christmas season means to me. 

Find the time this year with family or friends and watch a classic  Charles Dickens story (1843) titled, A Christmas Carol. The story is best described from Wikipedia like this:

Though London awaits the joyful arrival of Christmas, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) thinks it’s all humbug, berating his faithful clerk and cheerful nephew for their view. Later, Scrooge encounters the ghost of his late business partner, who warns that three spirits will visit him this night. The ghosts take Scrooge on a journey through his past, present, and future in the hope of transforming his bitterness

So, take out your ornaments or string cranberries and popcorn and have a family night to establish your own new traditions or at the least, new memories.

Happy Holidays to all of my family, friends worldwide and a special greeting to you, my fans!

 

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Until We Meet Again!,

Chris

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