Christmas is again upon us and people around the world are busy with their preparations for their own version of a Christmas dinner. Christmas is a time for family reunions, for family bonding, renewing friendships, exchanging gifts and going on holidays. Christians around the world celebrate Christmas in different ways, following their beliefs and their traditions. Christmas is a time to celebrate. Foremost is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. It is meant to bring a message of peace and hope, but this is now overshadowed by the stress preparing for Christmas brings to many people.
Could the stress be blamed on the commercialism that had been attached to the otherwise religious celebration?
Most people today are busy at work, and preparing for the holiday season is something that is usually set aside until the last minute. That is why shops, department stores, malls, groceries and supermarkets are bursting at the seams just a few days before Christmas with last minute shoppers. While gifts before were simpler, today, people are more choosy about the gifts they give and receive, particularly among younger people.
Parties have become a big part of Christmas celebrations. There are parties in the office, community organizations, among friends and business associates. It is almost impossible to turn away invitations thus attending parties during the Christmas season has become a social obligation. While parties are fine, the essence of the Christmas celebration somehow gets lost in all the excitement. In the past, children were contented when given some cash, candies, fruits, a new pair of shoes or new clothes. Now children want to have the latest video game gadgets, cell phones and high-tech toys.
What is Christmas to other people?
Although many people have almost forgotten what Christmas really means, there are still plenty of people young and old around the world, who have a different take on what Christmas is. Here are a few basic meanings:
- It is not about presents but to celebrate the birth of the Creator.
- It is to remember Jesus’ birth and to care for, share and give to people who do not have homes.
- It is the time to spend with family.
- It is to thank God.
- It is about opening presents and having fun, being with family and being out of school or at work.
- It is helping underprivileged people enjoy Christmas.
- It is time spent with family and a time to give back to the community.
- It is to witness the true excitement and enchantment of the season through the eyes of children.
- It is the time to reflect on what’s truly important in life.
- It means to share love and help other people.
- It is about showing gratitude and compassion.
- It is the time to make others happy.
The overall message is clear. Christmas means to spend more time with family, showing gratitude and loving, sharing and making people happy, and remembering the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ. These are the general meanings of Christmas to many people. What’s yours?
We all take some time off to celebrate Christmas, and from us here at Day Translations, we wish one and all a very Merry Christmas!