Mary Jo Brown: Don’t ‘X’ Christ out
Thoughts of Christmas, the preparations, buying presents, parties, sending cards and family visits are uppermost on our minds. Part of the season’s excitement is the hustle and bustle in preparation for Christmas day. Through the excitement, we often forget the true meaning of Christmas. The “holiday season” seems to start right after Halloween as everyone starts planning for the big Thanksgiving meal and family visits. The Thanksgiving season has passed, but did we really take the time to stop and give thanks on that day? Did we take time to appreciate and give thanks for our blessings?
Many may not agree or realize the true meaning of the holidays and the definition of the word. The word “holiday” originated as the old English word hāligdæg, which literally means holy day to give praise and honor Christ. Nowadays the word holiday stands for vacation time and relaxation. The word “Christmas” comes from two old words: Christes maesse. It means, “the mass of Christ,” which comes from the Catholic Mass — the practice where the priest re-offers the sacrifice of Christ on the cross during the time of communion.
Throughout the years different traditions and meanings have reshaped the Christmas practice, and some have even replaced Christ with an X. Gift giving and celebration is now the way many celebrate the birth of Christ. If you put an X in place of his name, then what in fact are you celebrating? To me the celebration of Christmas is a celebration of his birth and the many gifts he has given us. The giving of gifts is honoring him by sharing what you have been given and spreading good will, as he would do. Sharing a meal, giving gloves to someone in need, gift cards for groceries, a cup of coffee for a stranger, paying for a service man and his family’s meal and other acts of kindness are things that honor Christ and pass on his love for all mankind regardless of faith, race or color.
We are all Christ’s children, and the spirit within us is what counts. If he knocked on your door today, would you let him in? When you are helping a neighbor, spreading good will and kindness, you are in fact letting him in. Don’t “X” Christ out at any time but especially at Christmas, let the meaning remain and celebrate the goodness, kindness and giving he is all about.
Birthday greetings go out to Randy St. Louis, Keith Keller and all with early December birthdays.
Potluck will be at noon at Sunset Meadows I in the dining room on Fridays, and all seniors are welcome so bring a dish to share and join us for food and fellowship.