THE REAL MEANING OF CHRISTMAS
Today, it’s Christmas Eve…
Yes, I know, I also cannot believe that it’s Christmas already. It’s very cliche of me to say, but my goodness this has felt like the fastest year yet! But anyway, today is the day when millions of people around the world are madly preparing for a day of constant celebration.
Some that are driven by religious faith, whilst others are involved because of a lifetime of tradition. For me personally, I’m non-religious – agnostic if you wish – and have always celebrated this holiday without the involvement of Christ.
I’ve always wondered why more than 81% of all who identify as non-religious still celebrate Christmas; why we use this religious holiday as an excuse to celebrate something that we may not necessarily believe in. I’m not going to lie, I find it very confusing. But the more I think about it, the more I come to understand what I personally believe to be the real meaning of Christmas.
For those like me, Christmas is perceived as the day of giving. For kids, it’s simply a day of gifts! Although it’s an adopted tradition from a religion that is somewhat foreign, for me, this celebration is nothing more than a day of love and gratitude.
Being grateful for the people in my life, for the incredible opportunities that have risen, and the generosity of those around me who are overwhelmingly kind.
I can still remember growing up being so excited for Christmas Day, and even though my beliefs have changed from when I was a child, that excitement still exists.
What I’m now excited about is no longer the number of presents under the tree or fulfilling my wish list from Santa… What I’m excited about is participating in a day of love; spending time with people that matter the most and feeling grateful for the overwhelming generosity.
My Christmas Day is not revolved around religion, but around kindness.
Now, unwrapping a gift is totally irrelevant to what Christmas truly means to me. This time of year makes me very conscious of just how lucky I really am; that I’m one of the lucky few that have the ability to buy presents for loved ones without a struggle, or to indulge in a huge meal that could potentially last a lifetime for someone in a developing country.
No, my Christmas is not based on Christianity, but that certainly doesn’t make it any less important. I see the 25th of December as a day when people come together to help those in need; to show that there is more good than bad in the world, and that no matter where you may be, people do care.
It may have started from a religion, but now, Christmas has evolved into something that’s filled with diversity. People from many religions wish each other happy holidays, indulge in festive fun and spread happiness to those around them. If one day a year, we can encourage kindness to all, where’s the harm in that?
Call it the holidays if you will, but I think I’ve finally figured out that this time of year can mean whatever you want it to. You can define this celebration anyway that you deem most important.
On Christmas Day, I think about all the people that don’t get to experience the magic of family. I think about the people that are living on the streets and the people that won’t receive a gift on a day that encourages giving. I think of how lucky I am to be in a country that dedicates a day to be kind to one another, regardless of your faith.
It’s a day where I can express my love to the people that mean the most, and enjoy a time where the rest of my so-called “problems” no longer exist.
On this day, I want all of you to think about the people that may not be having a joyous time; that are grieving the loss of loved ones or struggling to come out of a rut. It’s not a perfect day for everyone, and that’s something we must always remember.
So, regardless of how you celebrate the 25th of December – with religion, with gratitude or with something totally different – I do hope that it can become a day of love. Make this day one where kindness is your number one priority.
Happy holidays 🎄
What do you believe to be the real meaning of Christmas?
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