Thursday, December 23, 2010

Symbols of Christmas

Busy people.
Traffic jam.
Party party.
Shopping in the mall.
Gift giving.
And everything.

All of these happened in one special occasion, and that is no other than the Christmas. Personally, I think Christmas is the busiest season of the year. If that's the case, then I would beg to disagree with other people wishing that everyday would be Christmas. I enjoy being busy, but I don't want to be busy all the days of my life.

Because of the "busy-ness" of Christmas, people tend to overlook the real concept of Christmas. We just follow what other people are doing without even knowing why we are doing this and why we are doing that. Now, I would just like to share my slightest idea about the symbols of Christmas and where it originates.

1. The Star

Colorful Christmas lanterns are everywhere. The sizes vary from small to big. They are in different shade of colors. Some are attractive, others are simple, but there are also sophisticated ones. But do you know exactly where it originates? Christmas won’t be the same without these colorful stars. The symbol of the star originates from the three wise men. Remember that when Jesus was born, the three wise men set on their journey to find Baby Jesus. And the only guide they have that time is the star. Because of the star, they were able to find the manger where Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus stayed.

2. Exchange Gift.

When the three wise men found Baby Jesus, they know for sure that He is the Messiah. That is the first time they witnessed God in the form of a human. Because of that, the three wise men worshiped the Baby Jesus Christ. During the time of the Old Testament, worshipping God is very expensive. You need to offer something, either an animal or crops from your field. As a sign of worship and respect, the three wise men offered Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. This is the reason why we are giving gifts during Christmas.

3. Christmas Carol.

Christmas time won't pass without hearing Jingle Bells, Rudolph the red nose reindeer and Deck the Hall. The Christmas carol is a symbol of celebration and joy. I think this one originates from the angels and shepherds on their celebration for the birth of the Messiah.

As we celebrate Christmas, I hope we respect these symbols as these had paved the way for the birth of our Savior.

Merry Christmas Everyone.

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