William (Woopak) wrote that the meaning of Christmas is entirely up to you. What does Christmas mean to anyone or everyone for that matter? To a Christian, the entire world. To a Chinese and non-believer, just another festive day related to some other 'aliens' in the world. To me? Well, Christmases come and go. Almost 2 decades ago, I had myself baptised on this very day; I was given a new leash of life.
Today, all I want for Christmas is not world peace (well, I've given up hope on that, I think people in this world are so complicated and have so many problems that they don't know what peace means anymore or even if internal peace is of important to thousands of people) but for my very best friend to get well. To have a chance in life, to not be depressed, to have hopes and to live!
Yes, just a few days ago, I found one of my best friends (I've quite a few, not simply one. I'm just one of those lucky few) had been diagnosed with cancer and has had an operation just 2 weeks ago. No one knew until we sent her Christmas greetings and mails bounced back. I was away in Canada when she has had her operation and didn't know about it until now. That doesn't make me a lousy friend, it does mean she simply doesn't want anyone to know about it. Afterall, we did all have a nice dinner just before I left!!! We all got worried when phones were not answered and when her office mail reads: "Sick leave: Dec. 9 - Jan. 31". That's when we know something is real wrong!
Ok, the point is this. I don't think anyone could let a friend go through such hardship and bad news without trying her best to help. Frankly, I know nothing about cancer and for most part, it's just something other people went through. Yes, I was downright ignorant. But this time, it hits close to home and it makes me think hard. Think about life, think about time we have and rethink about Christmas (this is all after I got over my initial shock, that is).
Christmas is a time to be with family and loved ones. But it is not the only time. I did write about friendship just a few days ago and made myself a promise that I'll go see my friends the entire of this Christmas season, as many as I could. So, I'm still keeping this promise to myself. It is time to engage myself in this mission. So, yes, William, the meaning of Christmas is entirely up to me! And all I want for Christmas is my friend (s) to stay healthy and alive for a long long time to come! Please, God, if you hear this, please grant me a miracle! Please let her live!
P.S. To all Lunchers who do read this, I urge you to make time, make time for those people who means the world to you in life. Time is relative and no one has any idea how many Christmases they are granted with. So, please live this Christmas season with people who matters... parents, spouses, children, friends, may be even your dentists! Merry Christmas to All of You & get out there and spend it with real people! Lunch will be here for a long long time to come! ;-)
CHRISTMAS is such a significant word in History. It is a traditional religious holiday, although many who celebrate Christmas are non-Christians. One thing is for certain, the fact that this season for whatever reason this time of the year just inspires people to be nice and forgiving. There is just an amount of joy and cheer when we walk on Christmas eve. Many have defined Christmas as the birth of Christ and a fulfillment of a promise. Some think that the holiday … more
...There is a day set aside by Christians to celebrate the birth of their Savior, Jesus Christ. While the great majority of scholars agree that it is highly unlikely that Jesus was actually born on December 25, I think that Christmas is one of those days that falls under the It's the thought that counts banner. Jesus might not have been born on this day, but what's the problem with celebrating His birthday on this date anyway? I'm not writing this … more
Even though Christmas is over as of writing this, I feel like talking about it now. Despite abandoning my Christian faith in 2001 (I'm an agnostic with really strong leanings toward atheism), I still practice Christmas because I think it's a wonderful time to spend with friends and family, and that I see it more as a cultural tradition in the Western world than an exclusively-Christian holiday. I guess it helps that since 2006, I've been spending … more
Alright, I'll warn you. I might sound like an odd variety of Scrooge in this review of Christmas. Please don't judge me too harshly. But here it goes... First, as you might already know and as @Scotman and @woopak_the_thrill have pointed out, Christmas was never the time of Christ's birth. Growing up around Christians unfortunately I feel like I was cheated into believing that Christmas is really a celebration of the birth of the Messiah. I was well into my 20s when I realized … more
A time of giving and sharing. If you haven't done so and want to share your blessings and love with the world, Wikipedia is a good place to both contribute your time and money!!! Yes, it's that time of the year again! Donate here... I have done it, have you?!
Something happened to me a few weeks ago that really turned on the lightbulb to make a difference this holiday season. Let me share a story with you…I was listening to the radio and was touched and empowered to take action. This lady on the radio won a contest and received the new DJ Hero game (similar to Guitar Hero). When the radio personality asked her what she was going to do with it, she said she was going to give it to her kids and they were going to be so excited because she … more
I don't like the christmas and I am not the new Grweench. But nobody knows the actual date of birth of Jesus. Protestant sects believe that christmas was created by Coca Cola Company and all this celebration is meaningless advertising. They believe that Christmas tree has a satanic meaning. When Jesus was born all children his age were decapitated and their heads were hung on trees. This action reminds them the Christmas tree to the prostetan sects. Usually the christmas day I'm with … more
Christmas, also referred to as Christmas Day, is an annual holiday celebrated on December 25 that commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. The day marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days. The nativity of Jesus, which is the basis for the anno Domini system of dating, is thought to have occurred between 7 and 2 BC. December 25 is not known to be Jesus' actual date of birth, and the date may have been chosen to correspond with either a Roman festival or the winter solstice.
Modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, Church celebrations, and the display of various decorations—including the Christmas tree, lights, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly. Santa Claus (also referred to as Father Christmas, although the two figures have different origins) is a popular mythological figure often associated with bringing gifts at Christmas for children. Santa is generally believed to be the result of a syncretization between Saint Nicholas and elements from pagan Nordic and Christian mythology, and his modern appearance is believed to have originated in 19th century media.
Christmas is celebrated throughout the Christian population, but is also celebrated by many non-Christians as a secular, cultural festival. Because gift-giving and several other aspects of the holiday involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, Christmas has become a major event for many ...