“What Christmas Means to Me”
hris-mus and Christ-mass are two of my favorite holidays. They weren’t always. I grew up on a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses, agnostics, and atheists. None of which celebrate the Christ Mass.
he atheists and agnostics did, at least, celebrate Chris-muss. You know the difference, right? For a long time I didn’t know the difference. I didn’t even know that one was a holiday and the other a holy day.
hrist Mass celebrated the birth of the Christ child, the promised savior of sinful man. He is the fulfillment of the promise given to Abraham that, through him, all people will be blessed.
hris-mus, (notice the way it is pronounced … Chris rather than Christ) on the other hand, is a secular holiday that celebrates gift giving. Santa Claus, flying deer, evergreen trees, and colorful lights.
ow I have grown into being Santa. I enjoy it. Santa is an example of the best of what we are as humans. He is a loving, jolly, and giving soul, who puts everyone’s happiness above his own. He goes out of his way to be a servant to all. And he gets paid in cookies and milk. How great is that?
owever, as we’ve all heard. Jesus it’s the reason for the season. So I’ve made it my mission to put Christ back into my Holy day greeting by saying,
God bless and g’nite
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