Two Views: The Meaning of Christmas

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Two Views: The Meaning of Christmas

December 23, 2016 - 14:33

by Eighth Grade Student Kobe Chua

Christmas is a very popular and well known holiday, which is celebrated among most Christian denominations. During this event, many people spend their time getting together, singing carols, sharing festive food, and giving each other gifts. Like old traditions, the true meaning of Christmas will die off if it is not celebrated for its intended purpose, which is to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Christmas time is also celebrated by those who do not believe in Jesus or God, like atheists and agnostic people. Some celebrate the winter solstice on the day of Christmas; the Romans thought that this is the day with the shortest day and longest night. Christmas day used to be a pagan holiday as a celebration of the birthday of the Sun god, Mithra.

For me, Christmas is a time for giving and bonding with loved ones. Many people miss this holiday because some may not be able to afford to travel to be with family, make meals, give presents, or are working overtime to provide for their family. Sometimes, the Christmas season is the time many less fortunate families get help; people tend to be more generous and are likely to share their blessings.

Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year, not because of the gifts I receive and the festivities, but it is a time to remember the birth of Jesus Christ and the promise of being saved. We hear mass on Christmas day, which makes me miss the “Misa De Gallo” in the Philippines, which is a dawn mass we used to attend every day for nine days until Christmas. I miss my big family back home and the big Christmas Eve celebration we had with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Christmas, as I have experienced, is a happy and joyful day. This event is important to me and I know I would still be thankful for Christmas even if I do not get presents. I would hope to never live the day where the true meaning of Christmas is forgotten.

by Eighth Grade Student Dalton Albright

There are many different view points on the true meaning of Christmas. This does not make them true though. There is only one actual meaning of Christmas what people say.

The actual reason for Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but it goes much deeper than that. It is also about spending time with family and friends. It also is about giving to others that have much less than you.

Like everything else in the world today, people begin to distort the meaning of things to corrupt the minds of the youth. Today most children believe that the meaning of Christmas is to just get presents. There are two reasons for this to be happening. Either the parents think that they do not have to educate the child and they will just somehow know, or the parents do not want them to know the true meaning of Christmas. Another event that could be happening is that someone such as their friend could be telling them false information.

Another major factor that is corrupting the minds of people is the media. They are trying to create this P.C. world by distorting the truth, but the reality is that they are splitting the people apart. The people must try to stop all of this corruption and find a way to bring reality back into the minds of the future since if we let them keep on believing lies then they will spread it to their children and this will happen over and over again until the truth is finally gone.

The true meaning of Christmas is starting to become lost. The media and people today are just worsening things without realizing what they are going to cause. We must try and bring back reality to the minds of the people.