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What Does Christmas Mean to You?

by Vicky Munro

15 December 2021

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For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
John 3:16-17, NLT

I asked some of my friends recently what Christmas meant to them. Now my friends come from different walks of life, but I was interested in their thoughts. I asked them if I could share their thoughts in this seed.

“To me it’s just another day. If the kids are happy, then I am happy.” “The day we celebrate the birth of Jesus”. “Christmas for us is both family and the glory of God.” “Christmas to me means family, shopping and wrapping gifts, the smell of mixed spices and cinnamon, hot chocolate and mince pies. Christmas is special when shared with family and friends.”

“Excitement in the air, carol and nativity services, giving and receiving cards, sometimes from people you haven’t heard from all year, but getting that card you know they haven’t forgotten you!” “I love Christmas and it’s all because of that little baby Jesus.” “Christmas to me means time to spend with people you love and care about, showing the love of Jesus all year round.”

After reading them through and pondering, and, after doing a little study of my own, I discovered love is the main theme of Christmas. The meaning of Christmas is the celebration of the Saviour, Jesus Christ. Through belief in Him, we are sons and daughters of God, and Heaven will one day be our home. The meaning of Christmas is love, as the above scripture says. What an awesome act of Love! ‘God is Love’ (1 John 4:8). It’s a celebration of God’s ultimate gift, the birth of Jesus, a time to rejoice.

What does Christmas mean to you?

Vicky Munro Vicky has been a friend of Ellel Scotland for many years and joined the associate ministry team in 2021 after completing explore A and B. She herself has experienced deep healing over the years and desires to come alongside others to experience the same. As a support worker she enjoys working with children and young people part time. A big cat lover, Vicky also loves walking, catching up with friends and eating Deans shortbread!

 

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