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Meaning of Christmas Provided by Antonio Trink (69L)
What is the meaning of Christmas?
It is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Where was the birth of Christ?
Why do we celebrate the birth of Jesus?
He is the Savior for the world. He is the only one who is worth the whole world to celebrate His birthday.
Who is Santa Claus? Why is Santa Claus associated with Christmas?
Santa Claus is a transliterate Sinte Claes which is the name of Saint Nicholas of Myra in 270-343 AD. He was a Bishop of Myra in Lycia (modern Turkey). He had a legend that he gave generously to the sailors and children. He was willing to share the grace of God to them. He loved children and often went out at night disguised in a hooded cloak, to leave necessary gifts of money, clothing or food at the windows of unfortunate families.
The North American custom of giving gifts to children at Christmas was introduced in the 1600s by Dutch Protestants in New York, where the Dutch “Sint Klaes” was changed to the English “Santa Claus.”
What is the meaning of the Christmas Candy Cane? Why the shape is made of a “J” and the colors are red and white?
A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he made the Christmas Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols in the candy. The candy maker made the candy in the shape of a “J” representing the precious name of Jesus and it also represents the staff of the “Good Shepherd” which he reaches down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs.
The colors of white presents the purity and sinless of Jesus Christ. The color of red presents the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross so we would have the promise of eternal life. The candy is hard representing the Solid Rock of Jesus Christ and our faith is built upon Him.
The candy maker hoped that the sweetness of Jesus Christ could go into our heart so that we can remember that not only we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ to provide us the salvation, but also the partaker of His sweetness.
Why do we have so many lighting around on Christmas?
The shortest day of the year falls around December 22. This is the darkest day - the day with the least sunlight. Ancient cultures recognized this and shortly after this darkest day they had festivals. The Romans put lights in their windows to call back the sun. Germanic peoples decorated with evergreen trees because it was a sign that the sun would come back.
Through the centuries, Christians have noticed this parallel between the celebration of the birth of Christ and the seasons, and have adopted and reinterpreted the symbols used by their pagan neighbors. Lights and lamps became symbols of Christ, the light of the world. The greenery of evergreens, holly and mistletoe were used to symbolize the life that Christ brought. Christian symbols like angels and stars were given prominence in adorning evergreen trees. So when it gets dark before 5:00 pm and you turn on your Christmas tree lights, remember that Jesus, the light and life of God, came into the darkness of our lives.
Why there are stockings in Christmas?
According to the legend the practice of hanging up stockings originated with St. Nicholas. It was claimed that once while trying to help a man who needed a dowry for his daughter, Nicholas threw a bag of gift through the man’s window. The bag of gift landed in one of the girl’s stockings that had been hung up to dry.
Why Christmas on December 25 every year?
Historians are unsure exactly when Christians first began celebrating the Nativity of Christ. However, most scholars believe that Christmas originated in the 4th century as a Christian substitute for pagan celebrations of the winter solstice. Before the introduction of Christmas, each year beginning on December 17, Romans honored Saturn, the ancient god of agriculture, in a festival called Saturnalia. This festival lasted for seven days and included the winter solstice, which usually occurred around December 25 on the ancient Julian calendar. During Saturnalia, the Romans feasted, postponed all business and warfare, exchanged gifts, and temporarily freed their slaves. Many Romans also celebrated the lengthening of daylight following the winter solstice by participating in rituals to glorify Mithra, the ancient Persian god of light. These and other winter festivities continued through January 1, the festival of Kalends, when Romans marked the day of the new moon and the first day of the month and year.
What does “Christmas” mean?
The word Christmas entered the English language sometime around 1050 as the Old English phrase Christes maesse, meaning “festival of Christ.” In the old Latin word, it means “Christ Mass.” It is the traditional name for the Eucharist (Lord Supper), that is, the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ in praise and thanksgiving for all that God has done to save humankind.
This term Christ Mass began in the Middle Ages. Christmas, dropping an “s” in Mass makes it easier to pronoun. Christmas is the time to celebrate what Jesus Christ has done for us in the world, which is to save us from sin.
From Catherine Tran of Class 69L
Posted on Dec 10, 2012
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