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An annual holiday celebrated on December 25 that commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

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True Meaning of Christmas...Holidays in the D!

  • Dec 1, 2009
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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 recently told them that they wouldn’t be able to have Christmas this year. That statement really hit me, because I can’t image being told that as a child. It made me think further about the hundreds of families in metro-Detroit who will be having a similar holiday season. I know that most of you are out-of-state and may not see/hear what’s going on here, but things are very bad for people these days.

I’m so blessed and fortunate for what I have, that I thought I’d really like to make a difference this year (I typically “sponsor” 2 families each Christmas). Then I was thinking that that’s not enough; I know so many people who would be willing to support those in the city they came from, however most of the people I know live out-of-state. SO, as of this morning I’ve decided to put together a community service project for the holiday season…you can take part whether you come home for the holidays or not.

I was thinking that it will be 3-fold:

-One will be for Thanksgiving. I’m thinking that those who are here could donate an hour or two to possibly do meals on wheels or serve the hungry at a shelter.  The crazy thing was that 2 organizations I contacted said they were fully staffed with volunteers for the rest of the holiday season.

-Then for Christmas, I was thinking about working with a local non-profit (tbd) to sponsor families, and possibly having a pizza party to present them with their gifts.

I contacted my friends and most of them have jumped on board.  So, wherever you are, I encourage you to do something similar in your community.

True Meaning of Christmas...Holidays in the D!

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December 03, 2009
I love, love, love this! This sort of caring mentality and compassion is the reason that Christmas is my fave holiday. Good job! Thanks for the inspiration!
December 02, 2009
Awesome, you are doing good work.
December 02, 2009
Thanks for sharing, Tati.  That's the reality of Christmas this year, unfortunately.  It's really heartwarming, though, to see that people like yourself are proactively thinking of ways to give back to the community.  You'll probably dig @jbeswick's review of Adopt a Family.

By the way, I moved your review over to the Christmas data point so that people will find it more easily :)
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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 ...
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Type: Holiday
Date(s): December 25

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