Have We Lost the True Meaning of Christmas?
As we come up to Christmas, it is almost impossible to avoid the huge plastic illuminated displays, tacky music and Christmas specials on TV. Is Christmas becoming too commercial? Should we return to more traditional celebrations? What is Christmas supposed to 'mean' anyway?
Please cast your vote after you've read the arguments.
You can also add to the debate by leaving a comment at the end of the page.
Christmas starts too early.
This year the Christmas lights went up in the Town Centre in the middle of November. The shops put up their displays even earlier. People want Christmas without having to wait, thus completely divorcing the festival from its season, its context and any accompanying meaning.
as soon as halloween is over ,we go straight to christmas.
There are so few bank holidays, especially in Britain, we need the festive spirit to occupy our minds, and we need it for as long as possible.
In these secular times, when religion plays little importance in our lives, we need something else. Festive cheer is the answer. Yes, the stores may start flogging Christmas good early in November, and lights may be turned on months in advance of the main event of Christmas day, but this does lift our spirits. We start to think what we should buy others to cheer them up; we talk to old family members, we even offer perfect strangers good will. If this spirit is prolonged by commercialism then surely it is positive and not negative. The good will of Christmas is prolonged, not ruined.
Society's way of pushing us to work harder
Most people no longer believe in Christ. In a recent survey, less than three-quarters of children knew Christmas was to celebrate the birth of Jesus, with 11 per cent believing it was the birthday of Father Christmas(1). This shows us that society sees Christmas as a shopping holiday and society is only too happy to keep this momentum going.
As a secular society, the idea of Christmas being religious is a distant memory, and society wants it to stay that way. Christmas is now just a way of society pushing its inhabitants to work. We have images of expensive sofas, big houses and big presents shoved in our faces; this is the old age trick of the carrot enticing the donkey. Work hard, earn money and this is what you can have. Christmas is now a tool used by the government and those in power to entice people into working all the hours God sends in the vain hope of achieving the Christmas dream; comfy house, 2.4 family and expensive presents.
In the current economic crisis, it is all the more important; ensuring that people keep spending to keep the economy alive.
It starts ludicrously early and all it means are presents. No true meaning left.
the presents we receive represent the gift the wise men bought the lord when he was young, so the presents are still part of the tradition
Christmas is too commercial and people have forgotten what it is really about
Christmas is supposed to be a religious festival where families come together and celebrate. It isn't about plastic santas and lights. Tacky decorations such as these have nothing to do with family, respect or rejoicing for our fortunes. These are simply disgusting and contribute to destroying our planet for no valid reason what so ever. How can people possibly think covering their house in lights and sticking up plastic decorations could look christmassy!
Christmas is more important than presents!
Although we don't have idea when Christ born, Christmas has taken an importance in our lives, even for the people that don't believe in God and obviously in Jesus Christ but anyway they celebrate it. In my opinion Christmas ought to be a celebration where the people think about his relationship with Jesus, but nowadays the people is selfish and they only think in them, they are only worry in the presents and the money that they will need to buy these, this worry has been a big problem in many families because children are expecting many gifts with greedy, the children see and beg us for the most expensive things that they don’t even need. Because of this, parents spend every Christmas a lot of money on presents than the things that are important like feelings and the love in their families. The shops tempt people by reducing items, putting on massive sales months before Christmas has even started.
We must return to the original way of Christmas even if we don't know exactly when Jesus born, we must don’t be selfish and think more in the Jesus’ love for us. That is the real meaning of the Christmas
The True Meaning Of Christmas:
Thank goodness ive finally found folk/people who share the same views as myself i think, as to when it comes to the matter of christmas. To believe that i seem to spend most of my days saying humbug to someone or somethink thats completely the ridicule/a whole sherade as to what christmas is really ment to be about. Here in leeds, practically ever shop/restaurant/takeway outlet/supermarket/banks/post offices/government buildings had all their christmas trees up, festtive lights, tinsel/decorations scattered around their environments 6/7 weeks before christmas is even due/here, still november and with myself just celebrating a friends birhday out a bar/restaurant with friends etc, what should be on the music box at a weatherspoons diner/bar but christmas music as to whilst im tucking into a sunday dinner with my friend trying to celebrate his birthday, madness, the whole world has gone mad, im going to boycott xmas this year, not a card, not a gift, a sunday lunch, just a visit on christmas eve for midnight mass, and then again on christmas day thats if the local vicarage is doing sermons on the most sacred day of the year, we shall see. All the best, thank you for reading my message if done so, may you and your love ones have a merry christmas indeed, and may the lord be with you, along with everyone that wont be spending christmas with their loved ones/friends/family, indeed.
Still plenty of options for a more traditional celebration.
In Sheffield, the Cathedral and Churches of almost every denomination have Christmas services, and so does the University, the University Chaplaincy and all the Christian societies in the Student's Union. There is an opportunity to celebrate Christmas in any way you want to if you look for it.
Christmas means different things to different people.
To some, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ. To some, it means friendship, love, giving and receiving. To some it is a time to visit family and have a huge row. To others it is a day of feasting and merriment or even just a well-earned day off work. They are all celebrating it according to what they see as its 'true meaning'. Criticising this would be intruding upon their personal lives.
One reason is that children are expecting many presents and are getting greedier every year. Because of this, parents and guardians are spending a lot of money on presents rather than the things that are important. Christmas time is the time when shops are receiving a large amount of money; this is their money-making time! Another reason is Santa. Although Santa is quite poplar to children in all countries, he doesn’t have much to with Christmas. However there is one reason; when Jesus was born, the kings bought him presents. So Santa has got a little to do with Christmas but originally his name was St. Nicholas! Christmas is a time to think about the birth of Jesus, and spend time with our families. It is a very religious time and Christians are meant to do religious practices however many don’t; going to church is an example and so is telling the Christmas story in detail. It is believed that 10 % of Christians know the full Christmas story and in detail however 90% of Cristians only know the outline of the story wothout much detail. Another massive exploiter of christmas are shops. They tempt us by reducing items, putting on massive sale months before christmas has even started. Our children see this and beg us for the most expensive things that they dont even need.
What do you think?