Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas is a state of mind | Happy Birthday Jesus Christ

As we will be entering the so-called "Ber Months", we'll feel the Christmas spirit everywhere already. We will see Christmas lights on houses, Christmas decors hanging, Christmas tree assembled at a corner of the house and Christmas songs playing everywhere... Ohhh.. how I hope Christmas will be celebrated always... I really love Christmas...

The song "Twelve days of Christmas" is more than just a repetitious melody with pretty phrases and a list of strange gifts, or a delightful nonsense rhyme set to music. It had a quite serious purpose when it was written as the early Christians way of evading laws that prohibited Christ worship.

1 Partridge in a pear tree - Jesus Christ
 Turtle Doves - The Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens - Faith, Hope and Charity; The Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds - The Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings - The First Five Books of the Old Testament
6 Geese A-laying - The Six Days of Creation
7 Swans A-swimming - The Seven Sacraments
8 Maids A-milking - The Eight Beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing - The Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping - The Ten Commandments
11 Pipers Piping - The Eleven Faithful Apostles
12 Drummers Drumming - The Twelve Points of Doctrine in the Apostle's Creed
The Christmas holiday celebrated today is indicative of Christianity's willingness to absorb the world's customs and traditions, and forget its simple roots in the historical reality of Jesus Christ. Christmas should be nothing more than a simple yet wonderful reminder of Christ's humble beginning as a human child in this world. His birth merely set the stage for the power, glory and salvation that would be revealed in His Life, Death and Resurrection! Whether it's December 25, or sometime in late September, or any other day of the year, Christmas should be used to reflect on Jesus Christ and His message of hope.

"Christmas, people, is not just a date. It is a state of mind." ^_^

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