Now, that said, I LOVE everything about the secular holiday celebration! Rudolph, Frosty, Santa, White Christmases, decorating, tasty treats, give me them all! But I've realized these past few days that we don't have to polarize the two ways of celebrating. I think you can find Christ in any Christmas tradition, secular or not. It just depends on where you are focusing. These ideas are my favorites from Remembering Christ at Christmas. Can you think of any more?
The Greek word for Christ starts with an X, and to save expensive writing space in the Middle Ages, scribes shortened Christ to "X." The Emperor Constantine used the letter X as his symbol on his flag.
Santa wears red and white, which Christ will wear at the second coming, symbolizing the atonement and purity (D&C 133:48-51). Santa "comes like a thief in the night," and "enters not by the door" (D&C 106:4). Santa invites little children to come to him (Matthew 19:14). He knows if you've been bad or good, and he rewards each person according to their works. Santa gives children unearned gifts that they cannot get without him. Christ offers the unearned gifts of immortality and Eternal life. We are not always grateful for the gifts we receive.
Jesus was also "despised by his peers," (Isaiah 53:3) but when "mists of darkness" arise, he is the "light which shineth in darkness." (D&C 6:21)
We show that we honor Christ. Outside decorations show our light to the world, and inside decorations show that the love of Christ and his atonement is within.
Symbolizes the beginning of the millenium, where we will arise and recieve the gift of Eternal life.
One more thing that struck me in this book was the choice we have between having a "Martha" Christmas or a "Mary" Christmas. We can be "cumbered about much serving," or we can sit peacefully at the feet of Christ. I am so amazed at all that Christ has done for us, and I hope to understand it all better as I focus more on his life. I love this time of year!
Have a "Mary" Christmas!