I was listening to a talk radio show a few days ago when a British-born muslim gentleman called in to say that Christmas, to him, is about spending time with his family, buying presents for his children and putting up Christmas decorations.
The next caller, a Christian woman, said Christmas to her was about spending quality time with her friends and family. These comments made me ponder how relevant the religious significance of Christmas really is in present day UK.
Although much has been said and written on how Christmas has snowballed into a commercial ritual, my question is this: how should Christmas really be celebrated?
Now, with Christian scriptures being silent on Christmas, how it should be celebrated and the exact date and year of Jesus’ birth, it really is little wonder that the origins of this commemorative holiday is steeped in so much controversy.
I do not intend to fuel this controversy as I really have nothing to add to what historians and some Christian theologians have already said and written on this subject. I do, however, wonder if there ever was a period in the UK, within living memory, when Christmas was a truly religious affair?
If the comments made by the Muslim gentleman and Christian woman, are anything to go by, maybe Christmas has now become a secular holiday with no religious significance whatsoever.
Personally, I do believe in Jesus Christ and his miraculous birth, but I do not mark the occasion as a religious holiday. Consequently, Christmas has no religious significance for me, although it accords me two weeks off work annually to relax and ‘chill out’ in preparation for the new year.
Please take my poll and let me know what Christmas means to you? Also feel free to leave a narrative comment if you want to.
Happy Holidays !