What should we celebrate this Christmas? With the arrival of the Advent season every year, Christians all around the world acknowledge that the celebration of Christmas has strayed so far from what it used to be. The humble remembrance of the prodigious gift of Jesus has become a month of hectic consumerism, based on a highly judgemental fictitious character. But has it strayed?
Where did Christmas come from? How did the early Church celebrate it? – As we unpack every aspect of the festivities, we will discover why Christmas is not so much of a Christian festival as we thought and what we should be proclaiming instead.
The Bible, the source of wisdom and truth for Christians of the world today, bears no mention of the festival. The book of Acts, written by the apostle Luke, records the actions of the early church for over 30 years after Jesus’ ascension and contains no record of any Christmas celebration. So what does the Bible say in relation to the convivialities?
Christmas trees- Around 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the US alone every year. Surely an unpretentious tree, whose roots are found in the garden of Eden is acceptable during the time of advent.
“This is what the Lord says: Do not learn the ways of the nations…
For the practices of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.” – Jeremiah 10:2-4 Continue reading Why you shouldn’t celebrate Christmas!
In the run up to one of the most profitable events of the year, Christmas, food, presents and Christmas cards are everywhere. In America the average shopper plans to spend $704.18 (£448.29) on Christmas gifts alone. $403 (£256.62) of that will be spend on their children. However, food and gifts aren’t the end of it. $46.73 (£29.76) is spent on decorations and lights. And in a survey 87% of people said lights and decorations, help get them into the Christmas Spirit. You can find hundreds more horrifying facts about Christmas here.
As I was reading the Metro today, this story appeared about what people know about the Nativity Story and Christmas. It read:
However some children (that’s right, the people who squeal as soon as the Christmas adverts start showing on TV), are apparently a little confused as to what we are actually celebrating.
A recent survey found that one in five children believe Jesus Christ is a football player for Chelsea, rather then the son of God.
Several others also thought Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer was in the stable at the birth of Jesus (presumably these children were not among the ones who thought Jesus grew up to play on the left wing).
The survey was conducted in Brent Cross shopping centre in North London, and showed some serious gaps in the kids’ festive knowledge.
Half of five to 12-year-olds were under the impression that December 25 is Father Christmas’ birthday, and a third of children they spoke to got confused and thought Jesus was born in the South Pole.
Bosses at the shopping centre said they hope to improve knowledge of the nativity story in youngsters so they can ‘enjoy the festivities even more’.
The story can we read, emailed and downloaded here on the Metro website.
After releasing this story, the Metro did a survey and asked their viewers this question;
As promised here is the second post in RCG’s Christmas special post series. Watch the video below and think about what it means to you. Thank you.
I’m sure you might have heard this hundreds of times in your life, but you will never stop hearing it because it is a huge issue. Children of the 21st Century and even adults don’t know the true meaning of Christmas. They don’t understand why they give and receive presents. What is the meaning of Christmas? Watch the video below and see what these American children think is the meaning of Christmas and why they get presents from Santa.
I hope you liked the video and it made you think about what you think Christmas is all about.
This post marks the start of many Christmas special posts which will be posted here on RCG up until the 25th December. Video, interviews, testimonies and much more, all here on RCG this Christmas. Stay here because you are going to learn new things about the meaning of Christmas with us this year.
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