The Reason of the Season: The True Meaning of Christmas

By Marisa Bunton

When you think of Christmas, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it Santa Claus? Money? Receiving gifts? That is not what Christmas is about. If you have any Christmas spirit, you would be willing to know more about this significant holiday.

Christmas was never about Santa Claus. Santa Claus is a fictional character derived from a real person: St. Nicholas (also known as “Saint Nick”). Saint Nick was an older man who made gifts and gave gifts to needing children and orphans. Santa Claus was created as a pagan belief, meaning that non-believers in Christianity had something to believe in. Christmas is seen as a holiday where people find excuses to spend money, especially when they could not shop during Black Friday. Isn’t it ironic Christmas is right before Tax Day? Do you mean to tell me Christmas is just like any other day you spend tons of money? Wrong! Here is the origin of Christmas and why people celebrate it.

  • Christmas (the name) – For starters, Christmas is derived from Christianity. Christmas is the holiday Christians celebrate to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Every item used in Christmas also came from the Bible. Every item you see below are all mentioned in the bible. Here are the symbols used for Christmas:
    • Wreath – The wreath represents the crown of thorns Jesus wore. During his time on Earth, not everyone believed he was the Son of God, and because of that, he was crucified for it. While on his way to his death, the Roman soldiers forced Jesus to wear a crown of thorns. They also mocked him by calling him “King of the Jews.”
    • Gifts – The gift idea used in Christmas, whether it’s giving gifts or receiving them, represents the gifts the Three Wise Men presented to Jesus Christ. The three gifts are gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
    • Star – The star that is placed on top of the Christmas tree symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem. Tracing back to Mary and Joseph’s story, the Three Wise Men followed the Star of Bethlehem to see the newborn king (Jesus Christ).
    • Tree – The tree represents the cross Jesus was crucified on. Why choose a tree to symbolize the crucifixion of Jesus? This is because a tree and the cross were made out of wood. The tree also represents God’s power and his ability to give life.

So, in conclusion, this is why Christians, students, and parents celebrate Christmas. Christmas is derived from Christianity and is one of the many holidays that is loved by all. I hope to know all of this increases your Christmas spirit. With the holidays coming up, I wanted to write this to inform everyone about Christmas and have them see it for what it’s really about. Who doesn’t love Christmas? I hope everyone enjoys their Christmas break and their time enjoying the end of another semester.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Marisa Bunton

Staff Writer – Community

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