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The True Meaning of Christmas

What are some of the words - and their meanings - we will hear this Christmas season?

PEACE - friendship, harmony, tranquility, repose

JOY - rejoicing, pleasure, happiness, delight

GIVING - benevolence, voluntary, blessing

FELIZ NAVIDAD - (Spanish) Merry Christmas

NATIVITY - the process or circumstance of being born, birth

HOLIDAYS - vacation, festival, celebration, recreation, amusement

NOEL - (Latin-natalis) birth, (Hebrew-nolad) to bring forth young, (Old Irish-Mi Nolagh) the month of the new born

CHRISTMAS - CHRIST (Greek-Khristos) anointed one - MAS -Sacrament of the Lord's Resurrection 

This Christmas you may hear these words dozens and dozens of times, but have you ever stopped to dwell on their meanings?  Some may say, "What does peace have to do with Christmas?  It's the busiest time of the year."  Look at the meaning for giving.  Are the gifts you are giving this season coming from a heart of kindness that wants to give?  Or do you feel you must give because it is expected?

Since i was a child, I have loved A Charlie Brown Christmas.  The beginning of this show sets the stage of how disappointed Charlie Brown is with the commercialization of Christmas - even his dog has gone glitzy.  When I was younger, the part that got to me the most was the poor little tree, chosen by Charlie himself.  It seemed so sad and forgotten.  The tinkling sound heard while its needles dwindled off made me feel time was of the essence.  I think Charlie Brown has the same feeling, when he says, "It needs me."

Now, I realize the guts it took for little, round, Chuck to go against the crowd and choose a small, unadorned tree instead of a big pink, aluminum one like everyone wanted and expected.  What is expected of you this Christmas?  Do your children want the latest, most expensive toys and gadgets?  Is everyone expecting you to invite them to your home or your party this year?  Are you expected to send Christmas cards to people you haven't seen for a while?  Maybe you are so busy with the ins and outs of daily life you haven't even had time to ponder presents, parties, and parcels.

Whatever anyone expects of you this season is not nearly as important as what you expect of yourself.  Charles Schultz did the unexpected when he made A Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon.  Network executives were horrified and thought the show would be a complete flop.  It did not follow any of the protocol used when designing this kind of a program.  It was done on a shoestring budget.  Real children did the voices for the children, instead of adult actors.  A jazz soundtrack by Vince Guaraldi for a children's cartoon?  This was NOT how things were done.  But the biggest problem?  Reading from the Gospel of Luke.  Audiences would not be expecting this.

Sometimes, however, the unexpected works.  Charlie Brown's traditional little tree, becomes more beautiful in the eyes of the beholders than any commercialized one ever could.  And Charles Schultz's, A Charlie Brown Christmas, surpasses all expectations.  Winning not only an Emmy, but a Peabody award as well.  It may in fact be safe to say that A Charlie Brown Christmas is the most beloved Christmas show of all time.

Instead of doing everything that everyone else expects of you this Christmas, try focusing on one of the words above this season, and ask yourself what it is that you truly want to learn, be, or do this year.

The Savior of the world, the King of kings, was born in an unexpected place, at an inconvenient time, to plain ordinary people.  That makes the true meaning of Christmas different from the beginning than what everyone expected.

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# Laura Merkel
Sunday, December 11, 2011 7:29 PM
It was great.
# Sue
Friday, December 23, 2011 3:03 PM
Very well put. Charlie Brown does hold the true meaning of Christmas.
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Monday, June 25, 2012 2:39 AM
The word "Merry" is simple to define. It unquestionably means to be happy, joyful and light-hearted. "Christmas" means "the birth of Christ." Thanks for sharing
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# Samuel Edwards
Thursday, June 28, 2012 2:24 AM
I'd also like to point out that the tree and most of what goes along with "Christmas" now-a-days is the way the world has chosen to celebrate. The presents we do in remembrance and representation of the gifts are always unexpected.
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# Ryan Cardozo
Monday, September 17, 2012 4:36 AM
A very interesting blog about the way you look at Christmas. It is not very easy to modify or bring about a change to something religious that has been followed in the exact same way for a long time. But as you say "Sometimes, however, the unexpected works".
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# Tony Harrison
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 4:47 AM
Christmas is a time of sorrow , It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength.
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# bill garrison
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 7:00 AM
We can truly be happy at Christmas! No matter what may be happening, we can know that we are His children. We then become sons and daughters of God. Heaven will be our home one day.
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# adam herris
Friday, November 09, 2012 6:01 AM
The true meaning of Christmas is the warmth and love of our families, a celebration of the home.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012 5:33 AM
You are absolutely right that many a times we across such words but we never thought for the meaning of the same. Even we should give the gift with the kind heart and not just for the sake of the formality as such. Thanks for such a nice post.
Thursday, December 13, 2012 11:49 PM
Christmas Day is an auspicious religious festival for Christians. It is the best time for a vacation, as people plan for long rejuvenating vacation making the occasion a memorable one.
Monday, January 14, 2013 7:17 AM
Yes you are right each and every member of our family and even we accept something or the other in the Christmas. And I agree with you instead of accepting something we should try to come across the meaning of the above words.
Crystal Elbert
Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:13 AM
Great message all year round, even tho Christmas has already passed!

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