What Christmas Has Become

After reading my friend Danielle’s blog about Christmas, I had to do one on the same subject, cause A.  it’s an awesome topic, and I wanted to expound a little more on her thoughts, and too cause B.  I couldn’t comment for some silly reason!

  Danielle pointed out that Christmas has become about self-ish desires, lust, greediness, etc., etc. And that it opened her eyes in a big way about what Christmas is really supposed to be about.  She’s completely right.  She goes on to say that she knows families that keep it small at Christmas.  I know people who don’t celebrate it at all because to them it isn’t biblical, these are mainly Jehovah’s Witnesses, of which is course for another subject re: false religions and the occult.  But anyway, Danielle is right.  Christmas is NOT about how much $$ you can spend on everyone.  Even if I had all the money in the world, my kids would still get the 1 crappy dollar store toy from me and their father. 

My thing with Christmas is that is should be a daily celebration for Christian believers, cause without Christ being born, we would still be condemned to eternal separation from God.  I know people who won’t put up a Christmas tree because of a scripture in Jeremiah (?) about adorning trees with silver and gold being idolatry.  I had to really pray about that one.  For me a Christmas tree is a pretty decoration that reminds me every time I look at it that Christ came to this earth so free me from sin that I could never sacrifice my way out of!

There are those like the J.W.’s that Christ wasn’t born Dec. 25th, that Constantin instituted that to get the pagans into the Catholic Church, and they are right.  Constantin did do that, and No, Christ WAS NOT born Dec. 25th.  More than likely he was born sometime in September or October.  If I am wrong for for “Celebrating” his birth on Dec. 25th, or for celebrating it at all, God will judge me when I stand before Him.

Christmas is supposed to be about showing Christ’s Love.  Instead of giving gifts to each other, why not do something really christlike?  Buy various, gender-friendly gifts, and instead of giving to friends, family, co-workers etc., take a gift to your neighbor, keep some in the car, when you feel impressed to give one to a random person, Give it to them!  Invite a family that is down and out into your home for Christmas Dinner, or if you would rather not have stranger’s in your home, take them out to dinner!  When they ask you “WHY?
 you can tell them, this is CHRISTmas, I’m doing what Christ did – he gave us the gift of eternal life, this gift or this gesture is  a symbol of what he did for us.

Another thing, I don’t care if store’s don’t say “Merry Christmas”, I don’t care if they take the word “christ” out of christmas.  in the Greek one for the letters for Christ is the letter “X”, so technically, even when they write x-mas – Christ is still there!

See Christ is either In you, or He’s not! 

Meaning of the 12 Days of Christmas

  So I recieved an email explaining the meaning behind that strange Christmas Carol “The 12 Days of Christmas”  I found it very interesting, and behind Silent Night and O Holy Night, I believe is now a favorite Carol of mine.  I look forward to teaching my kids to sing it and the meaning behind it.  So here it is, the information I recieved on it:

 

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.  It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember. 

-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness,

Gentleness, and Self Control.

-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

Christmas

  So here it is my “reason for the season” blog.  Most of us know why we have Christmas, the birth of Jesus CHRIST, our Lord and Savior.  Now as the Jehovah’s Witnesses will tell you, Christ was not born December 25th.  If you do your homework, you know that on this point they are correct, even if they miss the mark on just about everything else.    If we read in the Gospel of Luke Chapter 2 verse 8, we see this (KJV):  “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.” 
   Shepherds don’t take their flocks out into the country side during the winter, they stay closer to their homes, because of the cold, and the winter.  Christ was more than likely born sometime between September and November.

  The birth of Christ fulfilled so many prophecies, many of which were by Isaiah.  Born of a virgin, born in a stable, and laid in a manger, surrounded by animals. Born in Judea to fulfill the prophecy “And though Bethlehem in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda:  for out of thee shall come a Govenor, that shall rule my people Isreal.”
His parents fled to Egypt to save him from being killed, so as to fulfill the prophecy:  “Out of Egypt have I called my son”.  When the children of Isreal were being killed, yet another prophecy was fulfilled:  “In Ra’-ma was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Ra’-chel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.”  All these scriptures were taken from the 1st Chapter of the Gospel of Matthew.

  We exchange gifts as a reminder of the Gift of Love, Redemption and Salvation that God the Father gave us over 2,000 years ago in the form of a baby.  A babe who grew into a man, who carried the sin and burdens of this world on His shoulders, when he made the ultimate atoning sacrifice on the cross.  The sinless man became sin to redeem us back to the Father.  We exchange gifts as a way of saying “Yes, Lord, we remember your love. We thank you for your goodness and kindness”.

  If you go back and re-read the book of Genesis, you can see that Adam and Eve were created to remain immortal, to stay with God in the Garden for eternity.  God created this earth for our enjoyment, and we spat in his face.  Look at how much God loves us:  Genesis chapter 22, where God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son, his beloved son Isaac.  God provided a Ram, a symbol of Christ.  See since Man’s fall in the Garden, God planned on redeeming His beloved back to Himself.  That is the essence of Christmas.  The giving of one life for all.

Wish Lists

Thank you Melissa for the idea of this blog. This is her original thought for a blog not mine, so originality is not in this blog…hehehehe.

  So Christmas is rapidly approaching, as it does every year.  I detest shopping, and I’m sure this year will be even worse for me what with the language barrier and old Communist mentality = RUDENESS!!!  Hubby and I won’t be exchanging gifts this year – they don’t have anything here either of care to spend money on.  But I still have a wish list just the same, and 2 of them are just like Melissa’s – head over to “Little Miss Married, she’s a hoot!

 So here’s my list in no particular order.  Photos with description underneath:

A Digital SLR, preferably the Nikon D60 with all the bells and whistles!!
Meaning, extra lens, neck strap, carrying case, & lense cleaning kit.
 Down Pillows and Comforter
Because not only are they soft & comfy, but they will keep me warm during the v.long, v.cold winters here!

iPod Shuffle – 4GB – it’s small and it talks to you!!!
It’s awesome for shopping – I don’t have to talk to anyone, which doesn’t really help me learn the local language, but I get tired of getting looked at crazy when I do try to talk, cause my grammer is bad.

My Own HOME – no photo, because everything  here is in an apartment building that was built at the height of Communism.  They aren’t pretty to look at, so I ain’t bothering with a pic.

XBOX 360 with all the HALO games & Sniper Elite
Yes, unfortunately I love the gaming thing, too much, I beat my hubby, especially at the strategic shooting games like Sniper Elite. hehehe – that’s the ‘tom-boy’ in me!  GEAUX TIGERS!
And Most Importantly my family’s health and happiness.
  Of course Christmas isn’t about what gifts you get and what you give, It’s about so much more than that!  But as to that, I will save for my next blog, as I have many scriptures I want to line up first to go with it.