So WHO stole Christmas?
(WARNING - If you still believe in Santa, you’re in for a shock if you read on)
Over the next few weeks, millions of children around the world, will be deliberately lied to, misled and taught to believe that a fictitious (and once noble benefactor), will spread good will and miraculous provision around the world. In just a split second , this once in a year activity, will turn the mundane into a day where hopes and dreams eventuate.
The educated and uneducated, rich and poor, believer and none believer, young and old, black and white, will all teach their children to give thanks for a fat man in a red jacket, who miraculously provides for their “wants.”
The truth of the season will be purposely ignored due to man’s superior Intelligence in not falling for an historical fact that a child was born into a poor family, and spend his total life spreading good news to the rich, poor, sick and healthy, around his world.
In the latter part of his life (Jesus), he grew in purpose and provided sight for the blind, food for the poor, justice for the convicted felon, cleansing for the leper and hope (with miracles) for those with a will to receive them.
All this without a red jacket, serving elves and reindeer with names that rhymed.
It wasn't the Grinch that stole Christmas, it was us!
Intelligent, educated human beings that exchanged the truth for a lie in the belief that a little bit of folk lore and myth would somehow put fun into a season that says more about marketing than it does “joy to the world”.
Children with more gifts than their homes can house, will once again plead their deserving case for the latest “in thing”, whilst injustice is still rampant, the sick continue to die in poverty whilst our primary concern is living out a myth.
We do this by consuming more than we can eat, buying more than we can financially sustain and living in “the moment,” for we have no regard for the coming year, and its pending challenges that may require us to “tighten ones belt”. Yet most people unwittingly, think that the word "Christmas" means "the birth of Christ." By definition, it means "the death of Christ". How ironic, when faithless politicians and educators seek to remove Christ from Christmas, by calling it "Holiday season", and paganism (a religion itself), exchanges God The Father (as the giver of all life) for the pagan gods of Thor, Odin and St Nicolas, yet justify Christs removal on the basis of "other faiths being offended". Whatever slight of hand or mis-direction used among the media, one thing is sure! The spirit of Christ is alive and at work to draw all men to himself during all seasons.
However, the discerning believer is not fazed by truth, as they understand and rightly discern the difference between myth and truth. The world book encyclopedia defines "Christmas" as such:
"The word Christmas comes from "Cristes Maesse", an early English phrase that means "Mass of Christ." It is interesting to note that the word "Mass", (as used by the Roman Catholics), has traditionally been rejected by the so-called Protestants, such as Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Pentecostals etc. The word "Mass" is strictly a Catholic word and thus, so is "Christ-Mass."
Christ was not crucified during the Christmas season, and we don’t celebrate his death but rather his birth and life, (filled with hope).
So, as millions of parents around the world are queuing to place their little children into the fat man’s waiting arms, and being serenaded with false prophesies and promises of gifts being “air dropped” down the chimney; just consider the words "Merry Christmas”.
So what’s the truth about Christmas?
The celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pagan, pre-Christian, Christian, and secular themes and origins. Almost all the rituals associated with Christmas are of pagan origin. C.H. Spurgeon said ""Those who follow the custom of observing Christmas, follow not the Bible but pagan ceremonies."
Popular modern customs of the holiday include:
· Gift giving,
· Christmas music and carolling,
· Exchange of Christmas cards,
· Church celebrations,
· A special meal,
· The display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly.
The custom of the Christmas tree, developed in early modern Germany (where it is today called Weihnachtsbaum or Christbaum or "Tannenbaum") with predecessors that can be traced to the 16th and possibly 15th century, in which "devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. "Christmas trees were hung in St. George's Church, Sélestat since 1521. It acquired popularity beyond Germany during the second half of the 19th century. The Christmas tree has also been known as the "Yule-tree", especially in discussions of its folkloristic origins.
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” ― Roy L. Smith
The Fat Man in a Red Coat –
Several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, and Christ-kind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore. Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.
Christmas Spirit –
Much of what surrounds Christmas is actually misguided tradition and pagan ritual. Yet one has to at least give mental ascent to the traditions one engages in. The media at large present Christmas erroneously and with bias. Our TV’s will belch out a “Hollywood” take on Christmas, with barely a Christian accuracy amongst it. Crime rates and family violence will soar as relationships strain under the pressure of “forced giving” and “Yule-tide cheer”, and the effort of “being with family” loses its gloss when plied with copious quantities of alcohol and other stimuli. Yet amidst all the mayhem and hype there is a message screaming to be heard.
Matthew 1:23 "The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" (which means "God with us").
Christmas is about having “God with us”. Central to our activities is “God with us”. Central to our actions, attitudes and behaviour, is “God with us”. The true spirit of Christmas is having “God with us”. In this mixed up folk lore ridden marketing event, is a time where God came to earth with a plan of salvation (to buy back or redeem) for mankind; where peace, justice and mercy reign around the world. It begins with one person at a time and with a decision to hope and believe in God with us or a fat man in a red suit. The choice says more about our willfulness, than ones intellect.
So when those childish, innocent eyes focus on you this Christmas, would you rather they observe in you, the truth or folklore? As an adult, we have the freedom to choose what we believe. As a child, we trust in the stories were told. The wise men were wise, because they were seeking out Jesus, "God with us".
Baby in a crib or fat man in a suit – you choose!
“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!” ― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!