It’s that time of year when the signs of Christmas are all around. Whether you are religious or not, bringing the true meaning of Christmas into our lives can be important for all of us.
What is the true meaning of Christmas?
The Christmas season may seem like a time to shop, feast, shop, vacation, and shop some more. At least, that is what it appears to be on the surface. However, if we take the time to look deeper to learn about and understand who this Jesus Christ was and what he taught, and why so many around the globe celebrate his birth, the true meaning of Christmas shines through. Whether you believe he was a real or mythical person, Jesus Christ taught and preached only peace, love, charity, and kindness. The Christmas season is a time to reflect upon what it is to be kind, loving, and considerate to others, and how each of us can imbue acts of Christian love into our lives.
Charity comes from the Latin word caritas: love, affection, dear-ness. It is a synonym for kindness, consideration, and Christian love, also known as agape. Agape is the Ancient Greek word for charity and love. Today agape stands for unselfish, spiritual, brotherly, and Godly love.
How can we bring the meaning of Christmas into our lives?
It all begins with self-reflection and awareness. We have to watch and observe ourselves. Are we kind and non-judgemental to others? Are we giving and charitable out of the kindness of our hearts without asking for something in return? Do we love others by being responsible for our actions and by being respectful to others’ needs? Do we act with care, with consideration, and with non-violent intentions so that we can live in a world of peace and joy?
Asking ourselves these questions every day will help lead us in the direction of bringing in and living a life of love, peace, charity, and kindness. By practicing these acts not only during the holidays, but throughout the year, we may altogether bring Joy To The World!
Even just a kind smile and a friendly “hello” can be a precious gift. May we all embrace the meaning of Christmas to spread love throughout the year to everyone! And, as Tiny Tim said in A Christmas Carol: God bless us everyone!
As the angel declared upon Christ’s birth:
Δοξα εν υψιστοις θεω
και επι γης ειρηνη
εν ανθρωποις ευδοκιας
Or, as Linus said in A Charlie Brown Christmas:
Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth, peace and goodwill towards men!