What does Christmas mean to you?


Merry Christmas! How many times a season do you say it? What does it mean to you?

Here is what it means to me

If people today would just look at the birth of a baby who was born to die. The contradictions should be more that the world can take. If Christianity could just be seen for what it is–a paradox and a mystery. The beginning in that dirty stable is one of the greatest mysteries: the plainness and the greatness of Jesus, the grime and the glory, wise men with gold in their hands and shepherds with sheep dung on their shoes, a smelly stable below and a shining star above, the birth of a gentle Lamb who was the fiercest Lion.

But the world doesn’t seem to struggle with these contradictions. They join in our season of celebration unruffled and oftentimes more joyful than we.

If Christmas means anything to you, then it must mean everything. It is a beginning and an end. It is a time of darkness and inexpressible light. It is a time of finally seeing all of God’s promises come true in one person. It is a time of tension as well as we look ahead in the life of this dear little one with a kind of historical omnipresence because we know how it will end, on earth anyway.

Celebrate, you say? Yes, most heartily, amidst the dung of the stable, which is the refuse of the world. Celebrate at the foot of the ghastly cross because it is the hope of the world. Gather around a cattle trough and celebrate a baby born in poverty and rejected because He is the Savior of the world!

Excerpt from Immanuel Reflections on the Life of Christ by Michael Card

Merry Christmas!

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65 responses

  1. Despite the commercialism that now surrounds one of the most holy days, I find each year I need the grounding of faith to make Christmas complete. Nothing does this for me like Midnight Mass. The traditional ceremony enhanced with the signs of the season: beloved music, beautiful decorations, the scent of incense on the air takes me into that dirty stable as nothing else will. May you and your family have a blessed Christmas, Casea. And to all people everywhere.

    December 9, 2011 at 8:28 am

  2. I think the season means the same thing to both of us. Go Fish does a song called “It’s called Christmas” which may be a little offensive to some people but I get a kick out of it. Christmas these days is hectic, stressful and expensive when it ought to be reflective, peaceful and comforting. Merry Christmas!

    December 9, 2011 at 9:17 am

  3. Amy S.

    I love Christmas. To me, Christmas is celebrating the birth of Jesus. Most people tend to forget that. Christmas isn’t just about gifts and what you get for Christmas. It is all about Jesus.

    December 9, 2011 at 9:35 am

  4. Kirsten

    Beautiful post! To me, Christmas is the time to gather with loved ones and laugh, sing, share and praise God for His Son and His gifts throughout the year!

    Merry Christmas!

    –Kirsten

    December 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

  5. nancy defreitas

    To me Christmas means celebrateing the birth of Jesus. npl42011@hotmail.com

    December 9, 2011 at 10:37 am

  6. I absolutely Love what you wrote! I’m a Christian and we celebrate the birth of Jesus and we teach all the kids why we give presents and read the Chirstmas story before we open presents. It’s a wonderful time of year.

    Thanks for particapating in the Hop. It’s fun amnd it was a joy to read what you wrote!

    December 9, 2011 at 11:17 am

  7. season is a time for children and for parents and grandparents to enjoy them

    happy holidays all

    Julie

    December 9, 2011 at 11:45 am

  8. I love the excerpt you picked, Casea. That is what Christmas is–everything that is good and holy while still being surrounded by the failings of humanity.

    December 9, 2011 at 11:50 am

  9. Christmas means a time when we look around us and give thanks to above for our lives. It is a time when we give to help those less fortunate. A time when we rejoice in the gifts–I don’t mean material things–we have been given. A time when we can be the children God intended us to be.
    That is what Christmas means to me.

    December 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm

  10. I love all these comments! They are getting me in the mood.

    December 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm

  11. not religious – Christmas to me simply means that moment in the year when we are nicer to each other and soldiers often get to put their guns down.

    my Christmas wish is always – Peace on Earth

    December 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

  12. Cheryl Lynne

    To me, Christmas is celebrating the birth of Christ and gathering with family to enjoy the day! Merry Christmas! cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

    December 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm

  13. phyllisc7

    I enjoyed reading your comments. Christmas to me is a celebration of the birth of Christ, spending time with family and friends and being thankful for all we have.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    pnc07 (at) aol (dot) com

    December 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm

  14. Jackie

    Christmas to me is a time to spend with family and friends near.

    December 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm

  15. Brenda B.

    Christmas to me involves spending time with my family and being thankful for having them.

    December 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

  16. My Christmas is gathering my family and looking at them reminding myself that our “family” is billions strong. Each unique continent, country, state, city, sector, farm, hovel or Inn is filled with the souls that are our family.
    I am reminded that we each and everyone of us have a responsibility to be our best – to give gladly and love globally to reach farther than our own home, street and neighborhood to show love to our family at large.

    Christmas is a reminder to me to be my best all year for all of my family.

    December 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm

  17. Christmas to me is a time for family, even when some family members are far away.
    Merry Christmas!

    December 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

  18. Now that I’m older, Christmas doesn’t mean presents or lugging the boxes down from the attic. It doesn’t mean smiling at the grouchy retail workers or grouchier customers. It means love, happiness, and praising God for all he’s given me. From the shoes on my feet, the jeans covering my legs, and the coat I wear to stay warm. Being thankful to the Almighty in finding my crit partners who believe in me and the writers loops who keep me plugged in to the outside world. Giving thanks for all He does, every way. Every day. Sure, it’s a happy holiday. More importantly, Merry Christmas.

    December 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm

  19. Elizabeth Bancroft

    Christmas to me means Midnight Mass, celebrating the birth of Christ and being with my family. I am appreciating those things more now because before they had become lost in the commercialism of today. But since the economy has forced me to cut back a lot, i have been able to refocus on what is important.
    Thanks for the contest.

    December 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm

  20. D'Ann

    Christmas for me is bittersweet. It should be a time of family and love. Not so much for me, as my family is all broken apart by misunderstandings. I love the reason for the season, as it were. Jesus’ birth. I also love Santa and all the excitement. And as one of those grouchy retail workers Sheri mentioned, I’m glad when it’s over and the New Year begins.

    December 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm

  21. Marcia C

    Christmas is for families celebrating the birth of Christ and taking time to be together.

    December 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm

  22. I”m not religious but it’s the gathering with family and loved ones that means the most to me. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season.

    December 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm

  23. Shadow

    Christmas to me means seeing my family, spending time and getting to know everyone. Just enjoying each other and loving and being thankful for what we have. Its a peaceful, serene time. We dont do presents. We do a dinner and spend time watching movies. Its fun! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

    December 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm

  24. The celebration of the birth of Jesus & our salvation made flesh. Nice post. Have a blessed Christmas!

    December 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm

  25. Gloria

    The celebration of the birth of Jesus & our salvation made flesh. Have a blessed Christmas!

    December 9, 2011 at 6:54 pm

  26. Barbara

    Jesus is the reason for the season!

    December 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm

  27. kimberly Wise

    Thanks for doing this Hop… I loved the Halloween one!!!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    December 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm

  28. Christmas is about family, and I love all the get together’s this time of year.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

    December 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm

  29. Thank you for reminding people that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus. It’s about giving thanks to God for giving us his only son and for that son to sacrifice himself so that we could be blessed with the Kingdom of Heaven and God’s everlasting love.

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win such a great prize!

    reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

    December 9, 2011 at 9:03 pm

  30. Ezra Solomon

    Interesting post! This time of year has never been my favorite because it gets pretty cold where I live, but I love the foods and the bright Christmastime lights.

    December 9, 2011 at 9:46 pm

  31. Laura H.

    To me Christmas is about family, beginning with the Holy First Family.

    December 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm

  32. Carol L.

    I loved your post. Christmas to me means the gathering of family and friends coming together to reach out and help others, celebrating Christ’s birth with Midnight Mass as a family. It’s about love and faith . Happy Holidays everyone.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    December 10, 2011 at 12:16 am

  33. Krysykat

    The holiday season to me means unconditional love for the family 🙂

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

    December 10, 2011 at 12:44 am

  34. Shari

    Christmas is about my family and our beliefs in Jesus! Merry Christmas!

    December 10, 2011 at 1:39 am

  35. jennifer mathis

    the season to me is a time of togetherness

    meandi09@yahoo.com

    December 10, 2011 at 3:39 am

  36. tammy

    the birth of baby jesus and spending time with family and friends.

    December 10, 2011 at 3:40 am

  37. Holidays to me are a time of year to see people we haven’t seen in a while and tell them how much we love them and appreciate them. Doing something small but meaningful for the precious loved ones in your life and for remembering those that have passed but made us a better person for it.

    Happy Christmas everyone!

    December 10, 2011 at 9:11 am

  38. It is unfortunately how Christmas has become commercialized and just a way to get things from people or a chance to party. Christmas to me is a reminder to be thankful for all the Lord has given me and all he will share with me in the future – good health, great friends and family.
    This is a great way to do a blog.

    December 10, 2011 at 11:27 am

  39. Merry Christmas! The holiday is all about family and celebrating new beginnings.

    December 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm

  40. The holidays are about giving to others. Taking the time to think about someone else and make their day special. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Holidays!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

    December 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm

  41. Thank you for the reminder of the true Reason for this season, Casea–while we enjoy the external trappings as much as the next celebrant, the lights, gifts, and food are just extras and sometimes distract from celebrating the birth of the Savior. Wishing you and yours a warm and joyful and peaceful time as you celebrate!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

    December 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm

  42. A very awesome, inspiring blog. So many do forget the reason for the season, the birth of our savior!

    December 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm

  43. Wendy

    To me Christmas is a time that we can spend with family and celebrate life.

    Wendy

    December 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm

  44. Lindsey E

    Reconnecting to family and appreciating the basics.
    linze_e at hotmail.com

    December 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm

  45. Christmas, to me, is a time of love and fellowship, and being with those you care about. It has nothing to do with presents, or lights, but lots to do with love and peace and forgiveness

    nancyg5997 (at) gmail.com

    December 10, 2011 at 3:59 pm

  46. Terri

    Christmas is for family, and I have so many wonderful people in mine.

    December 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm

  47. Wonderful post – happy holidays. 🙂

    December 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm

  48. The season means alot to me because it’s the one time of year that my family really remembers how lucky we are to have each other, a roof over our head, etc. The rest of the year is filled with too many distractions and we forget how truly blessed we are.

    Happy Holidays!!!

    yadkny@hotmail.com

    December 10, 2011 at 7:17 pm

  49. Elaine R

    Christmas is the one time my family and I actually sit and spend time together….in the same room.

    drkcherry@gmail.com

    December 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm

  50. acriss22

    Christmas is to me the most holy holiday but do you notice that most of the gospel music now a days contains lyrics about Santa Claus bringing presents instead about our lords sacrifice and his gospels. Love the lord thy God with all thy heart above all others and things of this earthly world for only through salvation will we be saved. Merry Christmas! rshereifa at yahoo dot com

    December 10, 2011 at 7:29 pm

  51. Mary Preston

    Christmas is all about love & family. Put the Christ back in Christmas!!

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    December 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm

  52. Joanne B.

    Christmas is a time for people to get together and be nicer to each other. Help the less fortunate. Donate to charity.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

    December 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm

  53. Sherry

    I think Christmas has become way too commercialized. I love to just think about the true meaning of Christmas. On the days I feel overwhelmed with work and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season its nice to just think about what a wonderful time of year it is. And to spend time with family and friends.

    December 10, 2011 at 9:51 pm

  54. Pamk

    Chirstmas is a time of wishes and wonder for children. I love to see their eyes shine at xmas time whether they are my children or other peoples. I love spending time with my loved ones friends and family alike.

    December 10, 2011 at 10:53 pm

  55. PaParanormalFan

    Christmas means spending time with Family & also remembering those that are no longer with Us on this special day;
    Take Care & Wishing You a Very Happy Holiday Season,
    Renee’ S.
    paranormalromancefan@yahoo.com

    December 10, 2011 at 11:04 pm

  56. To me the holidays are all about giving.

    December 10, 2011 at 11:28 pm

  57. The true meaning of Christmas is lost each year with the hustle and bustle of purchasing gifts. People are stressed and can become rude and nasty. So sad. To make sure our daughter knows what Christmas is really about…more than Santa and presents…we purchase a cupcake every year since she was 2 and light a candle. Then we sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus.

    December 11, 2011 at 10:23 am

  58. To me the holidays are about giving and being with family.

    elizabeth@bookattict.com

    December 11, 2011 at 11:18 am

  59. Holidays, especially Christmas, mean family to me. My favorite Christmas memories are of my grandfather reading the story of the first Christmas from his Bible each year.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

    December 11, 2011 at 11:26 am

  60. Tonya

    Happy holidays! Im excited for Christmas this year! My kids are home and we’re having a nice family dinner. Great time! Thanks!
    tonyapeterson35(at)yahoo(dot)com

    December 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

  61. Na S.

    The holidays is a time to celebrate with my loved ones, and make new wonderful memories.

    December 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm

  62. Eva P.

    The Christmas holidays have always been my favorites. The best part is when the whole familly gets together, we have such a houseful, being that we are 8 brothers and sisters plus all the nieces and nephews…but it’s always so much fun 🙂

    December 11, 2011 at 7:03 pm

  63. lisagk

    Christmas to me means family. I’ve gotten over the presents and buying everything, my kids are grown, no grandkids yet so I just love visiting with my inlaws, and hearing from the oldest child.

    December 11, 2011 at 9:21 pm

  64. Christmas is about caring about one another whether they are family or not. It’s about treating each other well and just having the loving spirit for everyone whoever they are….*S*
    I wish all a Merry Christmas and a better year than the one before….to one and All….*S*

    Thank you!

    Darcy
    pommaowlf @hotmail dot com

    December 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    • Sorry…correct email is:
      pommawolf @hotmail dot com

      Thank you!

      Darcy

      December 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm

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