What does Christmas mean to you?

Australia
November 24, 2008 9:38pm CST
For each and every one of us Christmas has a meaning. Whether we view it as the celebration of the religious event of the birth of a man destined to become the saviour of mankind or as a time when all our family gathers together to celebrate. Perhaps you view it as a time when you get to eat lots of yummy foods that you don't normally get to eat... or a time when you receive gifts. Even cultures that don't celebrate Christmas have an opinion regarding it (even if it's merely a recognition of what they view as a pagan/heathen event... NOTE: This is NOT my personal view) So what does it mean to you? Is it something special? Are you tired of the materialism of Christmas?
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
25 Nov 08
Christmas to me is first and foremost the celebration of the birth of Christ. It is not just an ordinary birthday but rather the birth of the Messiah, the Savior, the Lord, the King of Kings. As John 3:16 states: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son and whosoever believes in Him will not perish but will have everlasting life". December 25 is not really the exact date Jesus was born but on this date I and my family commemorates the birth of our Savior Jesus. We offer unto Him all the glory for this day. This is a very special day for us for one reason alone. Jesus is the only reason why Christmas should be celebrated. What therefore is Christmas without Jesus?
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• Australia
25 Nov 08
Absolutely, it's the 'Christ Mass'. These days I think it's far too commercialised And I absolutely hate it when people call Christmas 'Xmas'... to me, X is an unknown quantity which most certainly does not refer to Christ.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
25 Nov 08
I hate seeing X substituted to Christ as well. Why could people be so lazy that would even just opt to put an X to shortened the word Christmas. People who do this are ignorant to the real meaning of Christmas. How sad and pitiful for them to omit the most important and the reason for this event.
@marisriel (1157)
• Philippines
25 Nov 08
As I have learned from various religious articles that I've read based from the Bible, Christmas is not actually a day when Christ was born, rather, it is an occasion invented to remember his birth. Though Christmas when you assess it is not Biblical, we still join this celebration because this is the time when you have the opportunity to give special gifts to your loved ones and remember some special friends. Of course, you don't need these kinds of occasion to do all of these but sometimes because we are too preoccupied with working and some other stuffs that we usually need holidays just to be able to stop and remember special persons in our life.
• Australia
25 Nov 08
I agree entirely. The actual timing of Christmas would not be correct in any case. Remembering of course that it occurred in the time of the Roman Census. The census would not have been held in december, simply because most of the Roman Empire was in the midst of winter then and in many places, travel to home towns would have been extremely dangerous if not impossible. If you actually look at the dates inferred in the bible the birth actually occurred somewhere between July and September.
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@Khayam (346)
• Romania
25 Nov 08
The decision to celebrate Christmas in December 25, was taken by the Christian clergy. In the early Christian times, December 25 was the moment when the citizens of the Roman empire celbrated SOL INVICTUS, the day of the invincible sun. Jesus' birth was a good enough event to replace the pagan celebration, and the clergy established it accordingly.
• Canada
25 Nov 08
For me, Christmas is a very special time that all my family will be together. My daddy will cook my favorite foods... Although the weather is cold, but with me, that is the warmest time of the year
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• Australia
25 Nov 08
Whatever the reason, the warmth in the heart is probably the most important thing
@sivanj (1263)
• India
25 Nov 08
i don't celebrate Christmas. but to me it is a wonderful occasion. it is the celebration time when people come together and share wishes. it is a time i see the churches well lit in colorful lights and it is wonderful and colorful. i have been to churches during the Christmas and just love the atmosphere of the occasion. so advance wishes for a happy Christmas to everyone who are waiting for the celebration time.
• Australia
25 Nov 08
Thank you sivanj I must admit that you point out one of the other things I like about Christmas, the atmosphere and the decorations. A couple of people in my neighborhood go all out decorating the outside of their houses and it looks fantastic, I always end up taking my young daughter for a walk just to see the lights.
@Khayam (346)
• Romania
25 Nov 08
Although it is amazing, the Santa tradition and Christmas decorations detracts from the religious origins and purpose of Christmas. Although we love it, Santa is a symbol of the Christmas' comercialization, an intrusion to the Christian tradition, but it's was "implemented" in order to capitalize effects in the non-Christian groups. In other words, Santa tradition was used as a marketing tool and as a passive proselytic instrument.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
29 Mar 09
Christmas is not celebrated much in India as we dont have many Christians at least in the part of India where i live so i don't know much about it.. For me Christmas is a day of holiday as all govt schools and colleges and offices are closed on 25th of December. And also it is time for fabulous discounts so go shopping as companies these days try to bombard you with discounts on every religious occasion be it Diwali, Holi, Christmas or Eid.
• Australia
30 Mar 09
LOL, seems the shopping thing is pretty much the same in most places. I really don't like the way it is so commercialised now.. it was simpler (and a lot less expensive) when I was a kid.
• United States
25 Nov 08
For me it means spending great quality time with friends and family. I love the holiday season because I get to see all the friends and family that I don't see very often. I spend time with the kids more as well. Whether we are just decorating for the holidays or wrapping gifts or just hanging out, we spend much more wuality time together during the holidays and to me, that's what it's all about.
• Australia
26 Nov 08
Yes, that is one of the nicest things about Christmas. Just getting to relax and do some fun things together as a family.
• Bahamas
25 Nov 08
Christmas for me means most importantly rest! It is a three week break from school where I work as a teacher. Christmas also means family, friends, food and gifts to me. Most of all Christmas reminds me of the greatest gift of all ever given to mankind. That is the gift of Christ as a baby. He came to this world to live as one of us so that we could all be saved and one day live with Him in a new world that He is preparing.
• Australia
26 Nov 08
I think that's where the whole gift giving idea came from originally. The gift that God gave to the world in Jesus.
25 Nov 08
Great sales and discounts
• Australia
26 Nov 08
Don't forget, next monday is 'cyber monday' the day when all the special Christmas offers are abroad and many online retailers have a lot of bargains :) Of course, if you like the physical shops you can go this friday.
@OConnell87 (1046)
25 Nov 08
christmas to to me used to be about getting presents and being allowed to stay in my pj's all day while watching the dvds that i got, but now i'm an adult and i'm currently a student so i live away from home, christmas is my favourite time of the year because its a day just to spend with my family, and i dont care about presents anymore i love to buy presents for people more than to recieve them.
• Australia
26 Nov 08
Yes, there is a lot of truth in the old adage 'It is more precious to give than to receive'. I love receiving gifts but I get a much bigger kick out of giving them.
• United States
25 Nov 08
I love christmas. When i was in our country(Philippines) and was working, everyone of my co workers was so excited when the christmas is fast approaching coz this is the time when you receive bonus and 13th months from your employer so you can have something to buy not only for yourself but to all the person close to you and its time also that your goddaughters and godsonsto ask a christmas gift from you, yep and so much foods to eat and love to give. Have a good day
• Australia
26 Nov 08
Sounds like it comes at a good time. The company I work for was taken over late last year and the new company is much more generous in terms of Christmas gifts so it will be interesting to see what happens this year (apparently, all employees of one of their other brands receives $1500 worth of shares for Christmas every year). So I'm curious whether the tradition at my work will change.
• United States
25 Nov 08
Christmas means I'm not going to see my daughter as much as I would any other month. Her biological father's birthday is 5 days before Christmas, so she's away from me that day. This year, his birthday falls on my weekend, so he's going to get her three weekends in a row, plus Christmas day. It's messy but that's what I get for not running a complete background check on him (including interviewing all of his friends, family and coworkers) before we started dating. Happy MyLotting!
• Australia
26 Nov 08
I know that feeling. After I broke up with my ex husband I only had the kids every second Christmas (and every second weekend) If Christmas fell on his weekend I'd get them from 6pm Christmas eve to 6pm Christmas day then they'd be gone again.
• Singapore
25 Nov 08
For me it's just another holiday. In Asia it's not as widely celebrated as New Year or Lunar New Year. Although I'm Christian by birth, I'm not that religious.
• Australia
26 Nov 08
Of course, Lunar new year is absolutely HUGE in Asia... even bigger than Christmas
@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
25 Nov 08
for me it reminds me of the birth of christ and it is then all about family and mainly the children. my mother and father always made sure christmas was a very special time for us as children and we continue that tradition today with our children. it gives a sense of tradition and values and just a sense of how important the family is to each of us. it is not about the gifts but for the children it is and it makes very happy memories for them for years to come. i still remember coming down on christmas morn and seeing all those things i had asked santa for and it was just like a dream come true to me. i want the same for my son. we do the best we can within our budget and he is always grateful.
• Australia
26 Nov 08
Yes, Christmas brings a lot of joy to the youngsters. For me, I love the little hand made gifts that my children make for me.
@ambkeb (782)
• United States
25 Nov 08
I'm not religious at all, so Christmas doesn't have any religious meaning for me. But when I think of Christmas I think of my entire family (including extended and family friends) coming together in one spot and being together. Family is very important to me, so this time of year means a lot to me. We are a close family, but we tend to fight a lot and this year there has been A LOT of drama...but around the holidays all that drama gets pushed to the side. So that is nice. The fantastic food and gifts are just a bonus. HAHA
• Australia
26 Nov 08
There are so many bonuses for Christmas time aren't there? Gifts, time with family, yummy foods, beautiful decorations. Of course, for those of us who are religious the most important one is the religious aspect of the whole celebration. But regardless I think we all enjoy it.
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
25 Nov 08
Hi Jewel, Christmas to me is more of an occasion for the family to gather - I really enjoy this. It's not only the presents giving-and-receiving; it's the fun of watching smiles and laughter on the faces of my parents, my siblings and their kids! It's really a great feeling!
• Australia
26 Nov 08
Yes, the family aspect seems to be one of the most common things that people seem to enjoy about Christmas... whether they happen to believe in the religious aspect of Christmas or not.
@neilchua (888)
• Philippines
25 Nov 08
Christmas here in the Philippines is very special. For me it is the time when family members and friends get together and share a special day that make our bonds stronger. yes there are gift-giving, but what makes it special is the thought of giving. and of course, it's the time when families goes to church late at night even if it is not Sunday just to thank God on Christmas eve. I think that is what really makes it special here in the Philippines.
• Australia
26 Nov 08
We have a lot of little traditions that make Christmas special to us... I must admit that going to 'midnight mass' was always a highlight for me. Unfortunately I no longer get to do that and have to be content watching mass on TV on Christmas eve
• Qatar
25 Nov 08
Christmas is a joyful time of the year. It brings friends and family together. When xmas time, you have to share some of your blessings and since i live in Qatar it doensnt mean as much anymore becos im not able to be with the rest of my family bt i stil love it not for getting gifts but be able to celebrate with the family i have now... Merry Xmas.!
• Australia
26 Nov 08
Yes, the time with family is very precious. There are so many different things that it means. First and foremost to me is the Gospel message and then all the other things are added bonuses.
@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
25 Nov 08
Christmas to me means time spent with the family. I really look forward to this day as I get to spend it with everyone in my family. It is the only time when I can get every member together. I also love seeing my children's faces light up when they receive their presents. To them christmas is magical. That is what I love about christmas.
• Australia
26 Nov 08
I think that's where the 'Christmas is for kids' attitude comes from. Those wonderful expressions of joy on their little faces... it all seems to become so complicated when you're an adult and you tend to lose a lot of the joy.
@shyama86 (73)
25 Nov 08
HI, You are right. For every one X'mas has a meaning. But when we talk about X'mas the first things we remember is the Infant Jesus in a beautiful cradle who has come to earth from heaven for the sake of humanity , to give hundreds of people peace and happiness taking away their woes . X'mas of course is an occasion when all the family members gather together to have lots of fun and pleasantries. It is an occasion to give a helping hand to the poor and needy. Jesus told us to love our neogjbours as we love our own self which means the Lord is there in every being and in every thing. When you help the poor and downtroden you are actually serving the Lord . So let us celebrate this X'mas happily and at the same time pray the Lord to give peace and happines on this X'mas . Wish u and yours a very merry X'mas
• Australia
26 Nov 08
Yes. I remember a story my grandfather told me about the war in 1914-1918. He was serving as a soldier fighting the Germans and on Christmas day they ceased hostilities and actually crossed into 'no mans land' to celebrate Christmas together. Of course, the following day the general unpleasantries recommenced. But for that one day at least they forgot they were enemies and united to celebrate.
@Khayam (346)
• Romania
25 Nov 08
My personal meaning of Christmas is similar with others. It can't be original, but however, can have a different magnitude in an emotional equation. In this context, for me, Christmas is a moment when i breathe the same air with my family, when we all share smiles and dreams, when the time ceases to exist for a couple of hours. Is the moment when we all are able to detach ourselves from the real-life, the moment when we pay some attention to our spiritual lives, and when we are able to realize that next year, there is a chance for some not to be among us, anymore.
• Australia
26 Nov 08
I must admit that it is nice to relax and not let the world or life in general intrude on us on Christmas day. Well, at least as far as possible anyway. I remember a friend of mine whose sister received a heart transplant on Christmas day. Unfortunately, for her to receive that precious gift meant that another family had to lose their son on Christmas day.