Spiritual Gifts of Christmas

Story by: Laura Rowe, Staff writer

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With the beginning of December starting, there’s a certain feeling of togetherness and good feelings in the air, but despite all the Christmas spirit from getting ready for Santa and the New Year, people are forgetting what Christmas is actually about.

The origin of Christmas comes from the Bible, in which the story starts when Mary is visited by an angel who tells her that she will carry and give birth to Jesus. She and Joseph, her husband, go to Bethlehem from Nazareth and baby Jesus is born in a stable and placed in a manger. He is given three gifts from the Wise Men. Myrrh being commonly used as a rubbing oil, frankincense as a perfume, and gold as a valuable. The three gifts had a spiritual meaning: gold as a symbol of kingship on earth, frankincense (an incense) as a symbol of deity, and myrrh (an embalming oil) as a symbol of death.

The sad thing is, if you asked most kids what Christmas is all about they’d probably just give you a single word response, “Jesus,” and then continue to sing Christmas carols they don’t understand the meaning of.

Slowly but surely, people are beginning to recognize that the education of Christmas, and the meaning of it, is beginning to fade away. All that most kids think about during this time of year is what type of present they want, or how many Christmas sales are going on at their favorite stores.

It’s time to start taking into consideration the actual meaning of Christmas.