by Saju C.Varghese, New Delhi
Have you ever asked children what Christmas means to them?
Why do they like this holiday more than any other holiday? Depending on their age the answers can be surprising. And this would be the time to explain why we have such a wonderful holiday.
Not because of the decorations, all the parties, Santa Claus and the numerous other events going on, but the REAL meaning of the birth of the Christ Child. You will notice that in the above I didn't mention presents. There are those who believe that is all the Christmas means to some people and quite so, but I like to think it's because the three Wise Men brought gifts to the baby Jesus and that is how gifts became one of the symbols of Christmas. However our belief is, the holiday is worldwide and many people celebrate Christmas in one form or another.
But who can ignore the beautiful music at this time of year, the choirs, concerts, symphonies, musicals, ballet, TV specials, kiddies TV specials and all the merriment that takes place? To see the children eagerly awaiting their seat on Santa's lap to tell him what they want to see under their tree.
Driving along highways, through communities and around your own community to see how folks have decked out their lawns, homes and commercial places for the holidays. Take time to do this, if you haven't caught the Christmas spirit yet, seeing all of the unique splendor and colorful lights has to help you feel the tempo going on around you. Playing some Christmas music in your home while wrapping presents can also make you appreciate the wonderful season.
Of Listening: but you must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming.
Of Affection: be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.
Of Laughter: funny pictures. Share articles, funny stories and funny greetings. Your gift will say, I love to laugh with you.
Of a written note: it can be a simple Thanks for the help note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.
Of a Compliment: a simple and sincere, You look great in red, You did a super job or That was a wonderful meal can make someone's day.
Of a Favor: every day, go out of your way to do something kind.
Have a merry Christmas everyone!
Christmas Then and Today
Christmas is about love that is, giving and giving sacrificially. It is the blessed season that engages the world in a covenant of love.
A Wonderful Night: An Interpretation of
Christmas by James H. Snowden
This classic book treats the various events and steps that led to the central wonder on the night that heard angels sing, and was starred with the Birth of Bethlehem. It interprets the story in terms of its significance today and invests it with poetic light.
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