Christmas is just around the corner! Everything is starting to come to life as the holidays begin their boom. It’s time to say goodbye to November and mark our calendars for the last month of the year!
The word Christmas originated as a compound meaning “Christ’s Mass”. It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes mæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038. “Cristes” is from Greek Christos and “mæsse” is from Latin missa. In Greek, the letter X(chi), is the first letter of Christ, and it, or the similar Roman letter X, has been used as an abbreviation for Christ since the mid-16th century. Hence, Xmas is often used as an abbreviation for Christmas.
That was a little history lesson for you folks. Oh the convenience of Wikipedia! Christmas is a really exciting time. It’s not just about the delicious food and the gifts, it’s more of spending time and sharing your blessings with others. That was a loaded statement! But in all seriousness, the concept of Christmas is truly wondrous.
Now I know we all love to eat delicious food and receive extravagant gifts. I mean, who doesn’t? We have to remember though that this isn’t the whole scope of Christmas. In fact, it’s only a small portion of it. The Christmas spirit is a wonderful attitude to prepare ourselves for the new year.
I know I might be boring you with my zealous ramblings but there is a truth to what I’m saying. People need to be more in touch with their ‘Christmas Spirit’ each day of the year! It’s not only for this month you know. Christmas serves to be a reminder to us all of how good and well-natured human beings we all can be.
Now let’s delve more into the origins of Santa Claus! I know we all have had childhood experiences with Jolly St. Nick. Christians have created the moniker of Santa Claus from St. Nicholas. The red suit and the overflowing beard came from somewhere else. The origins of THAT, I do not know. The major story of Santa Claus is that he will reward the good children with lots of gifts and he will give coal to the naughty ones.
This is sort of a reminder for us to always improve and try to do good in this world. Even if you don’t believe in Santa Claus, it doesn’t mean that you can’t try to extract the important lessons and learn from it.
When everyone gets to open their gifts and eat their christmas dinners, I hope they will try to remember the TRUE meaning of Christmas.
I leave it to you folks. Did you get your blessings or will it be coal you’ll be getting for the Yuletide season? :)
Enjoy the Holidays!
“Have yourself a merry Little Christmas, Let your heart be light! From now on, our troubles will be out of sight!”
– Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas