I don’t like Christmas, not because it is a tradition that simply has not correspondence with the birth of Jesus, but because it has been taken of over by corporations and has become a selling point – instead of a giving point.
Corporations encourage celebration of this day because it is the time of year that most of their sale are done. They sell Christmas lights, gifts, wrappings, cards and the list goes on – and we buy without giving any though about it.
I mean, have you ever considered why we need lights when Jesus was born in a manger with a lamp for light (probably)? Or why you had to buy gifts?
The Nativity Story makes no mention of the 3 wise men buying the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for Jesus. They gave their own and according to legend – they were rich.
As legend goes, there was Casper, Melchior and Balthazar.
Casper was supposedly the King of Sheba and presented Jesus with frankincense which symbolized worship. Then there was Melchior.
Melchior is said to be the King of Arabia and presented Jesus with gold. This was symbolic for his kingship.
Balthazar was supposedly the King of Tarse and Egypt. He presented Jesus with myrrh. This was perfume used to dress the dead which symbolized Jesus’ death.
These 3 rich men never once asked Jesus to buy the gifts. In fact, they gave willingly in celebration of his birth. This is a stark contrast to how society perceives celebrating the birth of Jesus.
Now, the whole point is that today’s Christmas atmosphere has been designed to encourage us to buy, buy and buy. The sacredness (if any) of the day has been manipulated to make use believe that we have to buy to celebrate. It is not.
This message is subconsciously forced on when we are just kids. Why do you think they designed Santa Clause (St Nicholas) to be a jolly fat man who gives out toys?
Anyway, enough rambling for today and have a merry Christmas!