The spirit of Christmas


So this is Christmas.  A time to celebrate, a time for good cheer, a time to get together with family and loved ones.  It is also a time to bury oneself in debt.  Many people, myself included, have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.  Christmas marks the birth of the son of the lord, Jesus Christ.  Because, there are so many people in the world that do not share the same faith as the Catholics, this holiday has turned into a day of giving.  It actually makes sense to give out presents.  The three wise men made a long journey, bearing gifts, to the son of the lord.  Now, they didn’t go to J.C. Penny to buy a gift certificate for the lord–instead they had to be clever.

The Bible says that the three wise men traveled from afar on camels to visit the infant Jesus as he lay in the manger. They brought him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrhh.

It is safe to say what gold is, but what about frankincense and myrhn?

Well, frankincense is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia.  Myrhh is a reddish-brown resinous material. The dried sap of a number of trees, but primarily from Commiphora myrrha (which is native to Yemen, Somalia, the eastern parts of Ethiopia), and Gold is that sometimes heavy thing that is used to make really big necklaces for rappers, in the 80’s.

What would happen if a person were to bear these gifts to their loved ones, in this day and age?

The main point that has been overlooked, for far too long, is that is was never about the gifts that the three wise men bestowed on the baby Jesus. Rather, it was the gift that the three wise men received by seeing the miracle, baby Jesus.  That was a far greater gift than any pence of gold.

The spirit of Christmas should be about the things that are important in ones lives.  Family, friends, a spirit of ones self.  It shouldn’t be about charging as many gifts on a Visa card.

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