Monday, December 21, 2009
The True meaning of Christmas
I was playing around on the internet and stumblrd across this article written by a sixth grade student. It his modern version of the true meaning of Christmas. I thought it was interesting enough to share. Its a great read, I hope you enjoy it!
Many people have different thoughts about Christmas.
Young children think of it as an excuse to get a load of presents. Parents think of it as a very stressful time of year where you're running through the mall like a crazy person.
Deep down though, we all know that Christmas is a very religious time of year. (Okay, so the young children don't yet know, but you know what I mean).
There's an old religious story about the birth of Christ that should explain the true meaning of Christmas.
Hundreds of years ago in the religious town of Bethlehem, there was a couple named Mary and Joseph. They were going to give birth to a child and they couldn't find an inn with an empty room anywhere.
I know what you're thinking "Of course they can't find a room! I'd like to see you try to get a hotel room during Christmas!"
Remember, this was before Christ was born, so there was no holiday on December 25th.
As I was saying, they walked from inn to inn for days. Finally they found a place to stay, but this wasn't an inn. This was a barn! Now I know that this seems strange, but remember: they have been walking from inn to inn, and they were getting desperate. That barn was a stroke of luck. Anyway, they decided this was the best they were going to find, so they remained there and Jesus Christ was born and placed in a manager.
Three wise men were sent to find this special child, deemed a saviour. As they wandered in search of the child, they followed the north star to make sure they didn't get lost on their journey. When they found the child, they showed their respect and goodwill through gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (those last two are fragrant spices). Though these don't seem like amazing gifts for a baby (I mean OTHER than the gold), they'd probably be considered an iPhone, a MacBook and a Wii by today's standards.
There you go. A quick skim-over of the story of how Jesus Christ was born and the true meaning of Christmas with a modern twist.
William Shakespeare, eat your heart out!
By Jake Michaud