HE IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.
MERRY CHRISTMAS sa inyong lahat nga Kabarkada!!!
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The word "Christmas" means "Mass of Christ," later shortened to "Christ-Mass". The even shorter form "Xmas" - first used in Europe in the 1500s - is derived from the Greek alphabet, in which X is the first letter of Christ's name: Xristos, therefore " X-Mass." About the X, Europeans in the 16th century started using X in place of Christ's name as shorthand for writing Christ. The Christian monks and scholars were knowledgeable of the Greek letter X, - Chi or Khi - which is the first letter in the Greek word "Christos" or "Kristos" (Greek: CristoV) The Greek and Hebrew word "Christos" comes out "Messiah" and mean the same thing: "The anointed One." For many years the X was understood by Christian clergy and as time passed, many Christians, educated and not, were not aware of the meaning. Over time the meaning became lost and was later of perceived as a sign disrespect.
INFORMATION ON CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS:
Over the centuries, Christmas traditions have radically changed. The Christmas celebration itself once lasted for days without much advance planning; now the reverse is true : We spend an entire month preparing for one day. Many folk and religious traditions - such as dancing, music-making, and game-playing - have been replaced by what seems to be the biggest Christmas tradition : shopping. We measure Advent in terms of "shopping days," and we culminate these frantic weeks with a gift-opening ritual that is often almost as frantic. And then Christmas comes to an abrupt end. Christmas should be a family time, but oddly enough, surveys show that we spend less time with our immediate families during the month of December than at any other time. What is more, reserchers tell us there is a 15 percent increase in the number of people seeking help for depression at this time of year. We work so hard to make our Christmases magic and meaningful; no wonder we get depressed when we're left with hearts that are empty and lonely.
In reality, shared experiences, not objects or gifts, are the things that remain in our hearts the longest. As families, we need to determine what we truly long for at Christmas - and then we must choose to celebrate the traditions that will help us to capture the essence of those longings. A word of warning, though: Sometimes our traditions, if held too tightly, can rob us of our Christmas joy. Be sure your traditions point you to Jesus - HE IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.