Put the ‘Christ’ back in ‘Christmas’ (Opinion)

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How do you spell Christmas? Is it spelled X M A S or is it spelled C H R I S T M A S? The correct answer is the second spelling, but lots of people would say that they are both accurate. I’m here to tell you that no matter what society says, Christ is a part of Christmas. He’s not just a part, He’s the most important part! 

What does Christmas celebrate? In what religion did Christmas start? Well, Christmas started in the religion Christianity which is the most practiced religion in the world. Christmas celebrates the birth of God’s son, Jesus Christ (hence the name Christmas). This happened thousands of years ago in a little town called Bethlehem. Mary was a woman betrothed to a man named Joseph. One day, Mary was visited by an angel from the Lord named Gabriel. The angel told her that she had found favor in God’s eyes and that she would have a son and his name would be Jesus. (Side note, Mary was a virgin, so this within itself was a miracle.) Well, later on, the leader of the time, Caesar Augustus, issued a decree that all people should be accounted for in a worldwide census. Both Mary and Joseph were from Bethlehem, so they traveled to the town to be accounted for. While they were there, Mary went into labor, but there weren’t any rooms left for them in the Inn. They had to stay in a stable meant for animals. There, Jesus was born. Shepherds came to worship him, angels came down from Heaven to sing their praises and, two years later, three wise men came and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

So, now you know the history, why is Christmas not like this anymore everywhere? Well, the commercialism of Christmas became huge. Santa Claus (who has good, Christian roots by the way!), Christmas trees, presents, lights, cookies, and everything else that comes with Christmas has taken over the U.S. Instead of focusing on the true meaning of Christmas, people would rather not buy or put up the nativity scene and instead focus on the bright lights and other decorations. In fact, some Christians don’t do Santa Claus so that they keep their focus on the birth of Christ.

Have you ever been driving down the road and see a stable scene with two kneeling figures around a manger with a baby in it? I’ve seen these at fast food restaurants, stores, banks, etc. Maybe you’ve seen a nativity scene all lit up in front of a decorated house. My family has one! Some people have red signs in their yards that say, “Jesus is the reason for the season” on it. How about at Silver Dollar City? They put on the living nativity and in their infamous Christmas Parade, they have a float just for the nativity scene! If you pay attention and look past the Christmas commercialism, then you’ll find the baby Jesus in the manger everywhere. So next time you see the nativity scene, remember the story behind it. Now you know that it is the true meaning of Christmas.

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