Wednesday, 24 December 2014

What’s The Fuss About Christmas?

Don’t get me wrong! I LOVE Christmas. But, I fail to understand the chaos around it. Perhaps it’s the only festival that’s celebrated worldwide with all the fanfare and what not. Even in India, there is an air of excitement around the Christmas time. People throng the markets, bake cakes, decorate the Christmas tree and wait for Santa to hide a gift under it. Of course, I do all that too. Christmas traditions are beautiful without a doubt. But, the meaning behind it is even more precious and beautiful, which is never talked about.

I wonder why is Santa given all the attention while Christmas is meant to be Jesus Christ’s birthday. The world celebrates Christmas just on the surface – the traditions seem to overshadow the message of Christmas.

It’s a bit funny that Christmas is squeezed to something as little as a Santa Claus, while the real essence of the festival is so much bigger. The real joy of Christmas is in the assurance of God to the world that Christ was born to comfort all who mourn, provide for those who grieve — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair (Isaiah 61 - Bible).  
    
Christmas is so much richer, warmer and sweeter than what it is made out to be. The way it is perceived and presented, it seems so insipid and frivolous. Nobody talks beyond the frills attached to it. I’m not saying that the enthusiasm associated with Christmas is something uncalled for, but it’s high time we dig deeper and find out ‘what’s the fuss about’?

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10 comments:

  1. The beauty of Christmas and thankgiving lies in the essence they teach us. Beautifully penned down :) Merry Christmas

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    1. Thanks Tanya! :-) I'm glad you liked the post! Merry Christmas to you as well!

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  2. I am unable to understand written post but anyway, 'merry christmas'

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    1. Well, I wanted to throw light on the 'real' message of Christmas, which is the birth of Jesus.

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  3. I don't mind the fuss around Christmas as it seems to bring families together - at least once a year everyone makes sure to visit their parents, grandparents, extended family. Everyone enjoys having a dinner, opening gifts, exchanging news. In India family relations are strong, but it's not like this everywhere, that's why holidays like Christmas are important, even if it's all about Santa, decorated tree and shopping :)
    By the way, in a number of countries Christmas is celebrated on January 7th (due to the difference between the Julian and Gregorian calendars). In Ukraine, where I'm originally from, we decorate the tree, prepare presents, invite Santa for the kids and have a family gathering for New Year celebration, and then Christmas is dedicated purely to the birth of Jesus.

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    1. Sure, Antonina! :-) Christmas is a time of celebration and togetherness. What I'm trying to convey is that we should also focus on the real message behind the festival, and not overshadow it with traditions.

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  4. I'm not even a Christian and I love Christmas! It's really a great time to spend with family, great food, an expressing our thanks and love for all that we have, regardless of faith. <3

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    1. That's really nice, Tim :-) Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year to you!

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  5. Santa is a darling of traders, as it promotes sales...

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