Celebrate the True Meaning of Christmas with Us

I hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits as we approach the Christmas season. This time of year often prompts us to reflect on the historical and spiritual significance of Christmas, a celebration deeply rooted in Christian tradition, yet enriched and diversified by various cultural practices over the centuries.

Celebrate the True Meaning of Christmas with Us

Christmas is celebrated by Christians around the world as the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, whose life and teachings are the foundation of our faith. The Gospels of Matthew and Luke in the New Testament provide the narrative of His birth, emphasizing the divine nature of Jesus. Mary, a virgin, was chosen by God to give birth to Jesus, and His birth was announced by angels and witnessed by shepherds and wise men, signaling the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies.

However, the exact date of Jesus’ birth remains a subject of debate among scholars. The Bible does not specify a date, and the decision to celebrate it on December 25th was made several centuries after Jesus’ lifetime. Some researchers suggest that Jesus might have been born in the summer months, based on the shepherds tending their flocks and the census that brought Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, both of which would have taken place in a milder season.

The choice of December 25th is often believed to have been influenced by pre-existing pagan festivals. For instance, the Roman festival of Saturnalia, a time of feasting and gift-giving, and the celebration of the birth of Sol Invictus (the Unconquered Sun), were both observed around the time of the winter solstice. These celebrations were characterized by joy, light, and the anticipation of the coming spring, themes that resonate with the Christmas story.

As Christianity spread, it’s thought that these pagan traditions were incorporated and reinterpreted within the Christian faith, giving birth to some of the customs we associate with Christmas today. The use of evergreen trees, for instance, may have origins in ancient solstice observances, symbolizing everlasting life, a theme also central to Christian belief.

When considering these historical layers, it’s important to remember that the core of Christmas for Christians is the celebration of God’s love for humanity, demonstrated in the humble birth of Jesus Christ. The blending of traditions over time reflects Christianity’s journey through diverse cultures and epochs, yet the message of hope, peace, and redemption remains unchanged.

As we prepare our hearts and homes for this special season, let’s embrace both the profound spiritual meaning and the rich cultural heritage of Christmas. It’s a time for us to renew our faith, cherish our loved ones, and spread goodwill to all.

May this Christmas season bring you peace, joy, and a deeper appreciation of the magnificent story at its heart.

Best regards, John Arwood
President & Founder