The Meaning of Christmas by Elizabeth C. Hirschman and Priscilla A. LaBarbera
I don't think there is any one True Meaning of Christmas - rather there are as Certainly Christmas is a time of giving and sharing with those around us, but It is also for the person that we have never met and will never see. Our family has , over the years, developed many traditions just for Christmas. “We meet ourselves time and time again in a thousand disguises on the path of We literally concoct our own perception about people that we meet based on. From where I see it, the phenomenon is about experiencing same set of patterns followed by others. You may find in your life some set of patterns followed by.
We celebrate all we accomplished in the old year, and joyfully anticipate what lies ahead. It is a jolly way to express a celebratory mood with good expectations for the year ahead.
Also, perhaps, that the old year with its problems has finally passed! They are popular for announcing the start of the new year with loud noises and colorful displays!
In some countries, fireworks are set off to scare away evil spirits. In others, the use of fireworks is forbidden in urban areas due to their harmful effect on pets. Families also like to meet on this day to enjoy a meal and spend time together.
Often, friends and family meet for a party or meal the evening before, sometimes engaging in year-end rituals. How are you planning to give your New Year greetings in ? A toast to the new year is definitely in order! Many people consider the start of a new year to be the opportune time for making changes or plans. Resolutions are those intentions to change, or the plans.
Parades are held in the streets, often to celebratory music, with colorful costumes and lots of dancing. Parades are like marches, only less formal and way more fun.
At UrduPod, you can engage in forums with natives who can tell you what Urdu New Year celebrations are like! Resolutions are those goals and intentions that we hope to manifest in the year that lies ahead. The beginning of a new year serves as a good marker in time to formalise these.
Some like to do it in writing, others only hold these resolutions in their hearts. Learn these phrases and impress your Urdu friends with your vocabulary. Apparently, successful business men and women read up to 60 books a year. This probably excludes fiction, so better scan your library or Amazon for the top business reads if you plan to follow in the footsteps of the successful! Otherwise, why not make it your resolution to read more Urdu in the new year?
You will be surprised by how much this will improve your Urdu language skills! You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent. Relationships are often what gives life meaning, so this is a worthy resolution for any year.
I saw an aged woman turn To her wretched home again — All day she had asked charity, And all day asked in vain. Is this the curse that is laid on the earth? And must it ever be so, That there can be nothing of human good But must from some evil flow? Then out on the folly of ancient times— The folly which wished you mirth: Look round on the anguish, look round on the vice, Then dare to be glad upon earth!
War is over, if you want it War is over now. John Lennon and Yoko Ono in "Happy Xmas War is over " Late on a sleepy, star-spangled night, those angels peeled back the sky just like you would tear open a sparkling Christmas present.
Then, with light and joy pouring out of Heaven like water through a broken dam, they began to shout and sing the message that baby Jesus had been born. The world had a Savior!
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The angels called it "Good News, " and it was. Lovecraft in "The Festival" Off to one side sits a group of shepherds.
They sit silently on the floor, perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels.
God goes to those who have time to hear him — and so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds. And were it not for a group of stargazers, there would have been no gifts.
This is the central truth of the incarnation — "Immanuel, God with us. The meaning of Christmas puts down the mighty things in men's minds from their seats — place, riches, talents — and exalts the things of low degree — humilitysimplicityand trust.
Luccock "The very best way to send an idea is to wrap it up in a person.
True Meaning of Christmas: Family Traditions, Giving, and Children
The idea of divine love was wrapped up in a Person. Christmas is good news in a world of bad news. Luccock There is far-reaching appropriateness in the fact that the world's immortal baby story, that of Bethlehem, should be a story of turning things upside down — for that is a baby's chief business. It is a gross slander on babies that their chief passion is food.
Every orthodox baby rearranges all that he sees, from the order of importance in the family to the bric-a-brac and window curtains. The advent of every baby completely upsets his little world, both physically and spiritually. And it is not one of the smallest values of the fact that the Saviour of the world came into it as a baby, that it reminds men that every baby is born a savior, to some extent, from selfishness and greed and sin in the little circle which his advent blesses.
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Christmas Quotes, Holiday Sayings, Poems, Verses, Greetings
The meaning of Christmas puts down the mighty things in men's minds from their seats — place, riches, talents — and exalts the things of low degree — humility, simplicity, and trust. And Other Essays on Practical Themes ; edition, p. The central core of truth is that Christmas turns everything upside down, the upside of heaven come down to earth. The Christmas story puts a new value on every man.
He is not a thing to be used, not a chemical accidentnot an educated ape. Every man is a V. The idea of divine love was wrapped up in a person. Halford Luccock, in "Whoops! Luthin Charles Lambin one of his most delightful essays, sets high worth on the observance of All Fools' Day, because it says to a man: Pray correct that error!
Christmas turns things inside out. Under the spell of the Christmas story the locked up treasures of kindliness and sympathy come from the inside of the heart, where they are often kept imprisoned, to the outside of actual expression in deed and word.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men Gather them now and lay them away When Christmas comes. Hard thoughts are heavy to carry, my friend, And life is short from beginning to end; Be kind to yourself, leave nothing to mend When Christmas comes.
William Lytle in "When Christmas Comes" Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. Look, Granddad, it's clear from the scripture that Jesus was not born in winter.
The shepherds, who saw the angels announcing his birth, would not have been out in their fields in December. The Palestinian winters are too cold. If you believe in that sort of thing. The truth is, Christmas evolved from the Roman holiday Saturnalia, a winter festival where men gave gifts to each other. They also would get drunk, have sex with each other and beat their wives.
People would act so crazy on Christmas, the holiday was outlawed by the Protestant church until the s. There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions.
Harlan Miller in Better Homes and Gardens Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don't quite know how to put our love into words. Harlan Miller in Better Homes and Gardens The outdoor Christmas lights, green and red and gold and blue and twinkling, remind me that most people are that way all year round — kind, generous, friendly and with an occasional moment of ecstasy.
48 Joyous Christmas Quotes to Brighten the Season
But Christmas is the only time they dare reveal themselves. Nur das traute heilige Paar. Holder Knab im lockigten Haar, Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh! All are sleeping, alone and awake Only the intimate holy pair, Lovely boy with curly hair, Sleep in heavenly peace! These have traditionally been altered to: All is calm, all is bright round yon Virgin Mother and Child, Holy infant so tender and mild, sleep in Heavenly peace! Christmas is the time for looking ahead courageously through the gates of the swiftly approaching new year … of resolving that the coming months will reflect a kinder, more forgiving and less heedless person than mirrored in the past.
Morgan in "Christmas is the Time" Let the beauty of the story take away all narrowness, all thought of formal creeds. Let it be remembered as a story that has happened again and again, to men of many different races, that has been expressed through many religions, that has been called by many different names.
Time and space and language lay no limitations upon human brotherhood. We hear the beating of wings over Bethlehem and a light that is not of the sun or of the stars shines in the midnight sky. Let the beauty of the story take away all narrowness, all thought of formal creeds. Others were downright nasty as the line was always long and the most prized toys went first. One lady, though, came in with her daughter of perhaps 4 or 5.
Receiving their bag they carefully went down the rows of toys, choosing for each family member and thinking to leave some for the next person in line. Finished although their bag was only half fullthey headed for the exit when the little girl suddenly stopped dead in her tracks, handed the special doll she had chosen for herself to her mother and dashed back towards me with her pigtails flying.
Frightened at her own audacity she nevertheless threw herself at me, and with a whispered "Thank you so much! That 30 second episode more than made up for the long days in the store and the offensive behavior of some patrons. It was the most wonderful experience of the joys of giving I've ever had.
That was 30 years ago and I've never forgotten that little blond girl in her plaid dress. Nor does the giving stop with the adults; the little ones love to put the coins into the Salvation Army buckets where bell ringers ask for your help. They quite understand what it is about and wish to be a part of helping others.
They learn giving here and can that be a bad thing? The younger members of our family, beginning at 4 or 5 years old, participate in choosing and buying gifts for siblings and others. No, the gift won't remain a secret, and it is usually something they want, but they are starting to understand giving and wish to participate.
A great time to introduce the concept to them. Christmas is a time of generosity and sharing for us. It can be throwing a few coins into the bell ringers bucket, it can be giving time and work when we would rather be home, warm and comfortable, or it can be sharing our own Christmas.
We often invite someone without nearby family to share our enjoyment of Christmas dinner and the camaraderie of the day. It all adds to the wonder of Christmas and we are never poorer for doing it.
Handmade ornaments that have been on the tree for many many years. Source Christmas Family Traditions Our family has, over the years, developed many traditions just for Christmas. Although the world and stores begin "celebrating" Christmas around Halloween we don't. Everything waits until after Thanksgiving although gift purchases may start as early as the day after Christmas for the next year.
For several years it was a yearly event to find and cut a Christmas tree. Waiting for a snowy day, with the family bundled up and warm we searched through a nearby field that was thick too thick with small pine trees. We usually ended up with a "Charlie Brown" tree that wasn't perfect by any means, but was a wonderful start to the Christmas season. Those days are gone, the field no longer available, and we now use a shudder fake tree, but it is still a big day when the tree comes out for decoration and our home begins to look like Christmas.
Before our children were ever born, my wife made a few Christmas tree ornaments by hand. Ceramic figures of various kinds, with our names on them, and she also made a good number for future use but without names. As children, spouses of children and grandchildren came into our lives names magically appeared on those old ornaments and it is always with wonder when grandchildren find an ornament on our tree with their name on it.