Christmas is actually the modern english word for Christ’s Mass. Like so many words in the English vocabulary, the word “Christmas” has evolved. This evolution has made Christmas a very complex holiday. If one looks at the history behind Christmas, one also sees the rift within the early Christian Church. Christ’s Mass was originally a holy day set aside to observe the birth of the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua. Then the holiday (singular) turned into a season (plural) somewhere along the way.
A close friend of mine and I were talking about the complexities of the “Christmas Holiday Season” many years go. I made the observation that everyday is Christmas for a Christian.
Since that discussion I have discovered that “Christmas” is celebrated by many different cultures and religious groups. Christ’s Mass has been completely redefine as a celebration of the buying and receiving of gifts. The cutting down of carbon dioxide adsorbing trees and decorating them inside our homes (and if you have a cat it becomes a giant toy). It is about Santa Claus and his garage of red and white Mercedes-Benz vehicles for the naughty and nice. The Christmas Season has become an endless stream of parties where everyone shares their colds and the flu season begins. And when it is all over, many are left with credit card debt. I have come to refer to the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas as the “Consumer Season”. Christmas has become a money machine.
I don’t want to sound like Scrooge but the meaning behind Christmas seems to have been lost. Christ’s Mass is about the arrival of a baby that would change the course of history.
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.