As I was leaving church last night, I overheard someone ask a very interesting question to a teenager, "What does Christmas mean to you?" It was a bit surprising as yesterday was the 1st Sunday of Advent and we were in a Catholic Church. But as I was driving home, I was thinking about how some big box stores that don’t even use that term. Instead they go with the generic “Happy Holiday” theme. I also thought about how some people are all geared up to get a Christmas tree, hang the stockings, and make cookies, yet pay little attention to the deeper meanings. The typical symbols of Christmas either don’t or have lost their association with the birth of Jesus and while not quire registered trademarks, they have taken on a whole new meaning of their own.
In today’s culture and society, it is a difficult question to answer, but I think it is worth thinking about.
What is Christmas to you?