Given our culture’s materialistic focus, it can be a really challenging to find meaning in the holidays. We are urged to do more and spend more to make this the “perfect holiday.” The increased demands that bombard us this time of year make it particularly challenging to find time for the rituals and traditions that gives our holiday meaning, yet it is vitally important that we do so. I offer the following suggestions in the hope they will help you and your family find meaning in all of your holidays celebrations.
My objective with the article is to lend a little understanding of the Christmas holiday from a secular perspective. A sort of olive branch to Christians, if you will. Of course, if you aren’t remotely interested in a heathen, infidel, pagan, Satanic, baby eating, humanist’s opinion on anything, then I’ve just saved you the time of bothering by writing this preamble ramble.
However, I do hope you’ll receive the olive branch and keep an empty cup.
The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). But it was not an official Roman state festival at this time.
However, there are many different traditions and theories as to why Christmas is celebrated on December 25th.
Have you ever wondered why people hang tinsel on Christmas trees, or how candy canes became synonymous with the winter holiday? While these holiday decorations may seem arbitrary, most of these traditional decorations have a special meaning.
Every gift which is given, even though is be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection - Pindar
Hunger doesn’t discriminate. It can affect anyone—even those you’d least expect. Matt Damon is doing his part as an ambassador for ONEXONE dedicated to helping create a world where children can live safely and with dignity.
The holidays are a time of year, almost a rite of passage one might say, that you either love or dread. There’s little inbetween. Most folks look forward to the holidays and Christmas on some level, perhaps believing they can or will rekindle that childhood feeling of innocence and wonder that usually accompanies this time of the year.
Every year I hear a variation of, “I just don’t have the Christmas spirit this year. I mean, what is the point?” A friend,the cashier at the grocery store or a random person in line at Starbucks. I nod sympathetically as if I, too, share this experience. Here is my reality: I have sought a point to Christmas for almost 30 years.
Not a single sentence can be said about the devastating virus without triggering an angry response referring to something that happened in 2020. Everyone from the most cautious public health official to the most militant anti-vaxxer has a quiver filled with anger and resentments over the past.
In many times and places, the joyful holiday has been a time for melancholy reflections and ghostly visitations.
What do the holidays mean to you? For people of faith, this is the time of year filled with the religious significance of celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas. After all, the word “holidays” comes from “Holy Days” and originally it referred only to days of religious significance. Now, however, it has come to mean any special day of rest and relaxation or time away from work. In the same way, our “Holy Days” have become a broader, secular celebration that may mean different things to each of us.