Column: True meaning of holiday hidden under the Christmas tree


Madisen Paulson

Presents lay under the Christmas tree. At the end of November, the National Honor Society decorated the school for Christmas.

Madisen Paulson

For many, Christmas is about celebrating the true meaning of the season, the birth of Jesus. But for some, they have lost the true meaning of the holiday that is overshadowed by lights and presents under the tree.

Christmas shopping seems to have taken the role of some crazy ritual, and people get so caught up in getting the best deals on items for themselves or others that it seems to overshadow the true meaning of Christmas.

Between 6 B.C. and 4 B.C., Jesus was born, and on March 25, the angel Gabriel was sent to the Virgin Mary. According to Luke 1:26-38, the angel told Mary she was going to conceive a baby boy and give birth to him, a boy she was to name Jesus. When the Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus, three shepherds followed a star to Bethlehem. He was given gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Many people know this as the Nativity Scene.

With that being said, a baby is typically in the womb for nine months, so therefore, that is why we celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25. Although the holiday isn’t truly Jesus’s birthday, no one knows that true date.

I honestly believe that Christmas starts too early. Right after the ‘frightful’ holiday that Americans call Halloween, the world goes straight to Christmas, missing a very special holiday in between, Thanksgiving. I am not saying that Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated, Christmas decorations just take away from some of the meaning. The decorations are simply put up too soon, and that takes away from the holidays in between October and December.

We see ads all the time on T.V. and the internet on how we are to treat one another in the world of gift giving. Children pout if they don’t receive what they asked for from Santa Claus, and that shows how this holiday has came to be about.

There are multiple programs on T.V. such as Hallmark that play Christmas movies about Santa Claus and his elves, but many of those programs forget that the real person we should think about is Jesus Christ. Society has forgotten the true meaning of Christmas and how we are to celebrate it.     

The holiday season isn’t just about receiving gifts or spending the most amount of money; it is about coming together as families and friends while sharing a special time together. It is a time to reflect on how God gave us His only son to save us of our sins.