A lot of people consider Christmas as “the most wonderful time of the year”. If we look into the real essence of this season, this is most definitely true for Christmas is all about sharing love, spreading goodness and living out our faith in honor of a child who is the reason for the season.
“Christmas is a holiday generally observed on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. Although nominally a Christian holiday, Christmas is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians worldwide, and many of its popular celebratory customs have secular themes and origins.”
Through the years, the spirit of Christmas has evolved and has become too commercialized, too expensive and extravagant. These days, we tend to associate Christmas with various icons such as Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, even Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. Others focus much on the idea of it being a time for giving gifts and organizing parties.
No matter how differently people perceive it, we cannot deny the fact that both young and old alike continue to look forward to this season of love and happiness. For the not-so-young, it is a time to bring out that child-like wonder and feeling in us. Moreover, it is a time for healing and forgiveness, a time to be happy and reunite with family and friends.
We, parents, have the important role of keeping the real spirit of Christmas alive in the hearts of our children. Especially with the realities of economic and financial difficulties nowadays, having our children focus on the very essence of the season, rather than the material gifts and extravagant celebrations, can guarantee an even more meaningful Christmas for them.
One way to do this is to teach them to value traditions which focus on preserving the very essence of the season.