What’s the point of Christmas?
Okay, I’d love some input.
We got into a heated discussion the other night about Christmas .
“What is the point of Christmas?” I asked .
“It’s about Jesus!” one of them said .
“Can’t have Christmas without Christ!” another said .
“Great marketing spin”, I said, but what is it, really?
“It’s about the birth of Jesus… or was it the death of Jesus?… or that he rose again – no, that’s Easter” one mumbled somewhat coherently .
“Okay, what’s the point of Christmas as a holiday? Like, the whole season?” I asked again .
This time, I got 4 unique answers (I told them they couldn’t repeat each other so it took a couple of them a bit longer as they just liked part of the #3 answer) .
1. The point of Christmas is to give back to others .
2. The point of Christmas is to surprise people with gifts, not tell them ahead of time .
Okay, we’re getting answers…
3. The point of Christmas is to give and get .
4. The point of Christmas is to find ways to make others happy .
I ran the conversation, but I was documenting as I found it a bit humorous .
I was proud of them, but it also made me think – why do we spend so much time trying to get more stuff?
“What do you think so and so wants?” “What should we get that one lady?” “How much should we spend on Aunt Jemima?”
I mean, really, I spend most of my days thinking about what I can get rid of .
We’ve always made a big deal about Christmas and have gone above and beyond to make it magical for our kids, but we’ve also been cognizant of teaching them about Christmas .
The thing is, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the “things” and forget the reason for the season .
But, and this is where I need help, how do you all balance the two? How do you do it now with your kids? Or, how did you balance it when you had kids? Or, how was it handled when you were a kid?
I’d just like to know.
And, yes, I’m aware of the Mass of Christ origins (and Midnight Mass) and so are they, but it’s more of a “how do you really celebrate Christmas at home or when you’re alone or just with your family?” kind of question.
As in, outside of the church, what is the point of Christmas and what does Christmas really mean to you?
I say outside the church because a lot of people believe that going or merely making an appearance at church is what you’re “supposed” to do.
As if that has anything to do with your own personal faith.
I mean, really, what is it to you?
Is it the music? The musicals? The decorating? The cards? The auctions? The shows? The food? The parties? The movies? The traditions? The lights? The giving? Santa Claus? The elves? Elf on the Shelf? Gingerbread houses? The receiving? Reading the story of Jesus? The memories made with family? The eggnog?
The commercialization of it all?
I’m genuinely interested in any and all answers.
Like, really. I’m kind of stumped as to what my “celebration” answer is outside of what the marketing geniuses have turned it into.
Think about it and let me know.
There’s no right or wrong answer, so no judgment here.
And, for those who’d rather not post their thoughts, send me a message privately.
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