Did you know that X-mas and Christmas are really the same thing? X was the Greek word for Chi = Christ! But of course, most people do not realize that and so many are so worried about taking Christ out of Christmas. I am not a historian, but a little google search on the history of Christmas and we find that Winter Solstice was the original celebration; It was the celebration of the shortest day, meaning the days would begin to stay light longer from that point on in the year. CHRISTmas was added later to this festive time as an earmark date to honor the birth of Christ.
Christmas or X-mas? Perhaps if we are truly concerned about keeping the honor of Christ during the holiday, what we really should focus on is the way we are treating our neighbor- or those that are closest to us. Perhaps it is more about letting go of the Grinch and inviting in LOVE.
Keep your eyes open everyday for opportunities to reach out and show a little extra kindness, thoughtfulness, and compassion. So many are suffering in our world. Take a moment to call or visit someone that is lonely. Hold a door open or let someone go ahead of you in line. SMILE! Give away a little something you love to brighten another heart. Donate all those extra Christmas decorations to a family who doesn’t have any or to your favorite charity. These are just a few ideas, but the possibilities are endless.
Fill your CHRISTmas up with good deeds- the kind that no one ever knows about or really sees- the deeds that are a secret between you and the one you just loved! And watch the Spirit of Christ blossom out in all it’s glory over the season to be jolly!
“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” ~Jesus CHRIST