I often struggle with the amount of emphasis the general population puts on material gifts during Christmas. To me Christmas is a time of happiness and a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
To satisfy my curiosity I looked up the etymology of the word Christmas and I found that when broken down it means a festival of the Lord's Appointed ... Jesus Christ. Nowhere does it say that Christmas means spending an exorbitant amount of money or gauging how much people love you by how much they spend on you.
Yes, I will agree that Christmas is a time of giving and receiving, but it goes far beyond material gifts. Christmas means giving happiness to others and allowing happiness to be given to you.
I have no problem with the traditions which our culture has developed regarding the Christmas season. I will be putting lights on my house this weekend ... weather permitting ... and we have a tree in our living room. I love eggnog and singing "Santa Clause is Coming to Town."
Christmas season make me happy because of the atmosphere created by others. It seems that during Christmas everybody is in a better mood, the world is a better place for a short time.
Every one has their own meaning of Christmas, but I know that at the root of all my happiness during the Christmas season is the birth of Jesus Christ and I will never forget that.