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What Does Christmas Really Mean?

Bailey Ferguson, Staff Writer

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Everyone looks at Christmas in different ways. Some think it is about the presents underneath the Christmas tree. Some think it is about getting together one morning and opening presents from families and Santa. Others think it is just a break from our busy lives and time to kick our feet up and relax.

But do you really know the real meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate it? Well, “the true meaning of Christmas” has a long history behind the words.

“Christmas is not about the Savior’s infancy; it is about His deity.” We celebrate Christmas on December 25 as the birthday of Jesus.

The name “Christmas” comes from the mass of Christ (or Jesus). A mass service is where Christians remember Jesus dying for their sins and then coming back to life. The word Christmas is a shortened form of “Christ Mass.”

We need to stop and think about what Christmas really means. Take time and research and find out why you’re sitting there with families celebrating Christmas. Because what is the point in celebrating if you don’t know what you’re celebrating for.

Why do we open presents on Christmas , may you ask?

We open presents for the remembrance of the three wise men: Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh. Frankincense was a perfume used in Jewish worship and, as a gift, it showed that people would worship Jesus. In 2 Corinthians 9:15 the Bible states, “Thanks be to the lord for his indescribable gift.” It is for God that we celebrate Christmas.

It isn’t about the 2 week break out of school. It isn’t just about waking up early in the morning to see what santa and your parents got you. It is a celebration for Jesus.

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