What is Christmas? Why do we give gifts? What happened to merry(not Mary)?
In this entry, i'm going to discuss Christmas. First of all, What is Christmas?
Of course, almost everyone knows the story of Christmas. God sent Jesus to Earth to become a human and save us from our sins. That's just a broad view of it. God did more than just send His son. God had everything planned from the moment Adam and Eve had sinned. It seems like everywhere i go, people could care less about what actually happened on the first Christmas. There's a reason it's called Christmas. Christ came down to Earth - from His high throne, to a sinful and filthy place - to become a man; a real, earth-like, human man. That is probably the biggest miracle God has ever performed.
Why do we give gifts?
This is a topic that a lot of people don't argue over. Everyone likes to receive gifts. Some people enjoy giving gifts, too. But why do we give and receive gifts? Why is gift giving associated with Jesus and His arrival on Earth? It stems back to when Jesus was first born. The Bible tells us that there were 3 wise men(however, many have speculated that there were more than 3 wise men)who gave Jesus gifts to celebrate the arrival of Christ the King. Over many centuries this gift giving has turned into somewhat of a distraction from the reason of Christmas/gifts. Don't get me wrong, i love gifts just as much as the next person, but i think people(including me)need to be more mindful of why gifts are given.
What happend to merry(not Mary)?
This last item of discussion is about different sayings we have around Christmas. I'm sure i'm not the first person to notice this. "Happy Holidays" seems to be taking over for "Merry Christmas." So that begs the question: what happened to merry? The Merry is coming out of Christmas. Heck, even the Christmas is starting to come out of Christmas. There's nothing wrong with saying "Happy Holidays", but please don't think that "Merry Christmas" is some out-dated or strange saying.
Just some things to think about! God bless, and have a Merry Christmas!