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The word "Christmas" is a combination of the words "Christ"; 'the anointed one' or the 'Messiah' and the word "Mass" means death, by definition it means "death of Christ" and was coined originally by the Roman Catholic Church. Weeks before Christmas so many people are rushing to stores to buy gifts for the people in their lives. Kids are sitting on Santa's lap or writing him a letter and telling him which toys they want for Christmas. But during this hectic and stressful time of year many Christians forget the true meaning of Christmas. Many of them forget that Christmas isn't actually about buying presents or Santa Claus and his reindeer. The real reason for Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. He was born to use as our savior so that God may take grace on us.

Many of us have undoubtedly heard someone urging folks to tone down the commercialism of the holiday season and to pleases "keep Christ in Christmas."

But what if you're not among those who follow Jesus Christ? What if you believe in another god or no god at all? Should those be left standing alone? For non-Christians, Christmas isn't about the birth of the Savior. It can mean many things, but it's not a time for heading to Christmas Eve church services or putting a nativity set in the yard. But that doesn't mean it isn't a special time of year. Many non-Christians still observe the holiday, but choose to focus on secular traditions and family.

The first thing that causes many Christians to ignore the true meaning of Christmas is shopping. Christmas is the most commercial holiday and the promotion Christmas sales begin early each year. Every year stores also put out Christmas sales and decorations out early. Weeks before this holiday there are so many ads on TV, the internet, in magazines, and newspapers that are telling people what the hottest items are for the season. Many people are influenced by these ads. Several of them will stand in long lines just to buy the newest gadget. Many of them will also go into debt after they buy these products. It is very sad and heart wrenching for me to witness such.

Another thing people do during the Christmas season are having disagreements about saying Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays and whether of not to display the nativity scene. During the Christmas season some retailers have a hard time choosing whether to say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. Many retailers decide to say Happy Holidays instead, but a small number of retailers choose to display or say Merry Christmas. Displaying the nativity scene also causes a lot of disagreements. Almost every year the media has a story about people fighting over displaying the nativity scene. When people or churches decide to display the nativity scene, some people become offended by it and want the display to immediately be taken down. The final way some Christians forget the true meaning of Christmas is by being unhappy with some of the gifts they receive. If people receive a gift they didn't want, they will try to return it to the store or give it to another person. When people are unsatisfied with a gift they received, it can cause them to make the idea of receiving the right gift more important than what Christmas should really be about.

One of the best ways Christians can celebrate the true meaning of Christmas is to find ways to practice the principal that says it's better to give than to receive. Taking the time to volunteer to help the less fortunate is a great way to start giving. People should also donate food to a local organization that collects food and they should also consider donating clothes, toys, and other items to families that are in need of those things.

The final way people can give during the holidays and through out the year is by sending care package and acts of kind service. Whatever way people decide to give, the people that are receiving the help will all be very blessed from the good works. May everyone receive the gifts and blessings of HEALTH - JOY - GOODWILL (friendly disposition; benevolence; kindness; cast no judgment or cruelty on your neighbor) - and PEACE.