Christmas is one of the busiest times of year with people rushing to buy gifts or trying to out-do one another by keeping up with the Jones’, travelling by land, air or sea to meet up with friends and family, and not to mention, working extra hours just to keep the essentials coming in.
Christmas as we know it today is actually an American holiday based loosely on past Christmas-time traditions from all over the world such as Christmas trees from Germany and gift-giving from the Victorians; all of which began 15 centuries after Christs’ birthday was declared a holiday. (Let’s not get into the fact that December 25 isn’t His real birthday but if you want to learn about that, click on this link!)
So what is the true meaning of Christmas to you? And don’t say watching The Grinch.
Is it the gifts under the tree, the coloured lights in the windows, receiving cards in the mail, dinners with family and friends, stockings hanging in the living room, singing carols in the shopping centre or shouts of “Merry Christmas” to those who pass by in the streets?
For many, especially children, the meaning of Christmas is simply how many cool presents they receive, yet the older you get the more the meaning begins to change.
For me, this year, my thoughts on what Christmas means has evolved.
Over the last few years it has meant sharing, spreading happiness by giving gifts that are a symbol of love, being grateful and it’s also meant spending quality time with family and friends.
But I’ve grown a lot this year, evolved in mind and thought and in order to embrace the true meaning of Christmas, I came to realise we must first feel Unconditional Love within ourselves because no gift from a department store can ever equal Unconditional Love. Once we have it, it’s easy to spread around to loved ones and strangers, and show acceptance with no judgement.
And instead of focusing on all the things we want, appreciate what we already have, and feel grateful for it.
Embracing the spirit of Christmas also means giving to those most in need by demonstrating with our actions an understanding of what the real nature of Spirit is. For me, this year, Christmas is a powerful time of reflection and Spiritual growth. What does it mean to you?
I feel when we truly embrace the spirit of Christmas and all it’s meaning, warmth, joy and Love, we most closely resemble Spirit and one of the greatest Healers to set foot on Earth – Jesus.
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