Monday December 12, 2011

Commentary

A Deeper Meaning of Christmas

Celebrating the season with a little love, peace and harmony no matter what faith

Sorcha, Wiccan High Priestess, Chilliwack

 

hristmas shopping, Christmas presents, Christmas baking....the list can go on forever! December doesn't just belong to those of Christian faith yet everywhere we look the name of Christ is slapped on on everything. Pretty ironic seeing as Christ's Birthday is in May, but the holiness of this time of year stems from long before a little boy was born in a manger.

Many religions hold this time of year as special and celebrate their holy days with great joy and happiness, each one tailored to the culture it stems from. The lighting of candles is an important and traditional aspect of Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukah, Yule, and Diwali. This may be for a variety of reasons but they all celebrate the light. Ramadan encourages the deeper appreciated of the basics we take for granted on a daily basis by abstaining from them for a short time.


Although each celebration is different they are similar in ways too. All religions have some sound advice to offer others, and stories to share. They show us how to be good people and give us hope for the future. We are not really so different after all. So, regardless of who you are and what path you follow, we all have a reason to spread joy and peace this time of year. It's amazing what a little bit of respect and open-mindedness can do.


 

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