The True Meaning of CHRISTmas

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas is by far my favorite holiday, I spend 364 days a year looking forward to it. It isn't the bow-topped presents, ooey gooey chocolate chip cookies, or even the twinkling Christmas tree lights that make the day so special to me. I simply love being surrounded by my loved ones. There are few things as wonderful as sitting around the tree laughing with family and friends. Okay, the Christmas music is a close second but nothing jingles my bells like Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (I mean his nose glows like a light bulb).

The true meaning of Christmas goes even deeper than birthday banners for Jesus and early morning mass. Years and years ago, people came together to give Jesus presents, but not because they wanted their present showcased on his Snapchat story or they pulled his name for Secret Santa. Everyone came together because the inn was overcrowded leaving Jesus and his family in need.

The point of Christmas is to celebrate Jesus's birth, which ultimately means coming together to help those in need. Whether this is bringing your widowed neighbor a platter of Christmas treats or volunteering at a soup kitchen, give to those who cannot repay you. Then, let that giving spirit live on in you for the rest of the year.

You don't need to give presents, you can give your presence. If you cannot donate gifts, then volunteer your time.

Now please excuse me while I try to convince my friends to go out Christmas caroling tonight (fingers crossed!).

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