“Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind people that they are here for something else besides their selves. “~Eric Sevareid
Christmas is the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, who is considered the Son of God, and the savior of all people. Christ in Christmas refers to the Greek term Christos which means the anointed one. Christmas is usually the time which people spend with their family, friends and loved ones. As some songs go, it is the season to be jolly and to be full of good cheer. The holiday season has so many icons and symbols that these can fill up and entire Christmas tree as ornaments and decorations. Some people literally cover their homes and surrounding with lights and decorations to celebrate the holidays.
In today’s society many people have taken Christmas and twisted it all up. Many Christians complain that Christmas is a religious holiday, but is treated in an inappropriately way in America. Christians have been transforming it into a secular holiday by moving it out of churches and into the public. Due to the immense marketing and advertising during the season, the true meaning of Christmas is often lost. People nowadays equate the holidays as a time of gift giving and receiving. Although this is not a bad thing, it is also a very materialistic point of view which is magnified by the recurrent advertising that shows the holidays as a time when the tree is full of presents and people are happy to receive boxes left, right and center.
The meaning of Christmas is actually how a person understands the season. Some people who only understand that the holidays is a time in which one spends money to buy gifts will always be stuck in this situation for as long as he or she believes in it. For those who view Christmas as an exclusively Christian celebration and does not celebrate it, then they would have missed the true meaning of Christmas as well.
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