As the season of Christmas overcomes most with shopping malls, decorations, cooking and gift-giving, Jesus can get lost as the reason for the season.
Despite the fact that most of the world doesn’t believe Christ was actually born on Dec. 25, respectfully and collectively many celebrate this holiday for different reasons but one common denominator still exist, Love.
Jesus came to the world out of love and died in an act of HIS sincere devotion to God’s creation. Christmas does for many what some holidays just can’t do. Many wait all year to show an out pouring of love and many “one time” traditions are acknowledged on Christmas.
“We feed the hungry as a family on Christmas, I mean it’s like 30 of us volunteering and feeding whole families, we do it as a show of love for what God did for us,” Carly of Southfield.
Dane of Southfield says, “Christmas is all about showing love for your fellow man, we buy gifts for children and donate to Toys For Tots as a family every year.”
“I think Christmas brings out the best in everybody, you can see the meanest people smiling on Christmas, it just makes you feel good about everything,” Shar of Detroit.
Christmas wasn’t declared a federal holiday until June 26, 1870. With the Holy Bible never mentioning the day of the birth of Jesus, Christmas is embraced by many Christians as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Some evidence does lend to the fact that the birth of Jesus occurred in the spring because shepherds could not herd in the middle of the winter.
Pope Julius I actually chose December 25, as the day of celebration and adopted the traditions of some pagan Saturnalia festivals along the way. No matter how the day came to be, most Christians feel that one element is embodies the Christmas season.
“I really don’t care that the day may be wrong, when I get to heaven, I’m sure God would love the fact that I opened my heart to love in his name, no matter what day it was,” says Timothy of Redford.
Gloria of Detroit confesses playing the part of “super sleuth” to perfection on Christmas, “The best part is hiding all the toys everywhere around the house and the kids not having a clue, we would sit up all night around the fire watching Christmas movies until they come down, I love it.”
Christmas was first called the Feast of the Nativity, the custom quickly spread to Egypt by 432 and was then adopted by those in England by the end of the sixth century.
For many, Christmas is a sacred spiritual holiday and a cultural phenomenon to others that is shared around the world with both spiritual and secular practices.
Whether giving gifts, feeding the hungry, celebrating with family and friends, some admit that one element connected to the holiday sends hoards running with plates out.
“Man I just love Christmas, I wait all year to bless my family with my famous fried turkey, I start on Christmas Eve and I fry about 6 turkeys, if I gave some of my turkey to the world, man, we would have peace on Earth,” boasts Edward of Detroit.
No matter what the tradition, religion, sect or belief, Christmas is about Love, friends and family and God is Love and is probably happy with that way of expression.
Dec. 25-Christmas Day- was declared a federal holiday on June 26, 1870.
“Hey I’m going to be in a Christmas article on-line? I want to say Merry Christmas to everybody reading this, peace and love to you and Jesus loves you all,” affectionately admits, Johnnie D of East-Detroit.