Research shows that the word ‘Christmas’ comes from an old English word ‘Cristes-messe’ which means Christ’s mass.
Christ’s mass – a gathering for Christ. A gathering to awaken tired minds, and a dose to remember his love for all of us.
To many people, Christmas means different things. So, I decided to document what Christmas means to different people for you before telling you what Christmas means to me.
Also, I will love to read what Christmas means to you too.
Here’s a collage of what Christmas means to some;
“There is no Christmas without Christ- the knowledge of this, that I have someone who would always look out for me gives me a reason to be merry, no matter how terrible the year was”.
“It is a time to come together with my family and become one”.
“It is a reminder of God’s sacrificial love. I get to celebrate a God who became man, for my sake”.
“It means love to me; I can’t explain it. It reminds me how much God loves me. This has become a charge for me to love others.”
Like the song says- “who would have thought that the lamb will save the souls of men”.
“It shows the love of God to send willingly a sacrifice that we may have victory over sin forever, coupled with the Love of Jesus for us, to carry the cross willingly that we may never have to”.
Back to me.
Anytime I was asked what I did for Christmas, I was always quick to say we do not celebrate it in my house. This was because there were no decorations, stockings, or even wrapped gifts. There was nothing out of the norm on Christmas day. It was cooking, going on drives, and sharing food. In some way, I belittled what we did as a family because it was not out of the ordinary. That’s what I thought.
However, this is how our culture celebrated Christmas. And this is how we expressed our love.
Beyond the activities of the day, Christmas is like the last puzzle that makes the year complete. It is that holiday that reminds us again of the birth of the one who came to the earth to love us completely while we are yet sinners.
So, with care and dexterity, let Christmas this year be one of love- let love be felt greatly.
Let the joy of the reason of the season fill your heart. Let other experience His love that has been shed abroad in your heart.
However you choose to celebrate, ensure you do not forget the mighty gift of salvation. Also, remember that many people are yet to experience this gift for which you are celebrating right now so find time this Christmas to pray for their salvation.
So, how will you be celebrating this Christmas?