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What does Christmas mean to you???

Posted by on Dec. 11, 2012 at 8:18 AM
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And what do you teach your LO's about Christmas?

We believe its Jesus's Birthday. We tell our kids the bible story of Jesus's birth and that we give gifts to each other because can't give them to Jesus like the wisemen did. We also make him a cake and sing Happy Birthday to him.
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cutestmom24
by Silver Member on Dec. 11, 2012 at 8:29 AM
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Christmas to me means spending time with family. celebrating. the birth of our Savior. creating new traditions that. my dd could enjoy and in the future. pass down to her kids.
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aimesnyc
by on Dec. 11, 2012 at 8:53 AM
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To me, Christmas means family.  That's why I am so looking forward to going to visit my side of the family for Christmas this year - my husband has never celebrated the holiday with them, and there are still some family members that have not met my son.  I don't care about gifts - just being with those I love.

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Turtledoves
by Ruby Member on Dec. 11, 2012 at 9:32 AM
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We keep the traditional, religious meaning to Christmas above all else - Jesus's birth. We even do the version where Santa gives gifts to honor Jesus, and have a statue of Santa kneeling down next to baby Jesus in the manger.

Here Christmas is also a big deal with gifts. We go all out, because we don't usually do gifts except on holidays. But we always make sure that religious traditions and the real reason for Christmas comes first.
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MommyO2-6631
by on Dec. 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM
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I'm making Jesus a birthday cake this year. Ds1 grandparents have taught him that Chrostmas means everyone gives me presents and if they don't they don't love me... i swear if murder was legal! Anyways he's 7 so i think it's past rime to teach him the true meaning of Christmas. The birth of Jesus, family togetherness, kindness, and giving! That's what it means to me
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KylersMom8-16-7
by Gold Member on Dec. 11, 2012 at 11:06 AM
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Christmas is about family.
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lauratupper
by on Dec. 11, 2012 at 12:20 PM
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Quoting KylersMom8-16-7:

Christmas is about family.



angela.bouchard
by on Dec. 11, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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This we are not religious and will not be teaching our son about religion unless he asks when he's older

Quoting KylersMom8-16-7:

Christmas is about family.
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mcr17
by on Dec. 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM
December 25th is not when the birth of jesus took place. It was moved to coincide.

Quoting Turtledoves:

We keep the traditional, religious meaning to Christmas above all else - Jesus's birth. We even do the version where Santa gives gifts to honor Jesus, and have a statue of Santa kneeling down next to baby Jesus in the manger.



Here Christmas is also a big deal with gifts. We go all out, because we don't usually do gifts except on holidays. But we always make sure that religious traditions and the real reason for Christmas comes first.
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abra
by Abra on Dec. 11, 2012 at 12:36 PM
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"Life in the Garden of Eden was an invitation to Christmas every day.

The Garden had two Christmas trees: one for now, one for later. And the place was piled up high with presents: fruit and plants and animals, sunsets, natural springs, and love, all wrapped by our loving Father with the glory of the Spirit.

And when we rebelled, when Adam and Eve disobeyed, we rejected this Christmas life. We rejected the gifts, rejected the joy, rejected the merry life. We scorned our Father. We grieved the Spirit.

The Christian faith is an invitation back into this Christmas life. The Christian faith is an invitation back into the Garden, back to the Christmas Tree of Life, back to life piled high with gifts and joy and merriment.

This is not because Christians never have anything bad happen to them. We do not live in a different dimension. We do not pretend to live in a different universe. No, the Christian faith merely recognizes that every human being naturally rejects this Christmas life. We are all like Adam and Eve, insane rebels, and we daily scorn the gifts of the Spirit. We pretend that life and health and happiness are random, automatic, or that we deserve them, and we shake our fists at the God who continues to graciously give them. We refuse to give thanks to the Giver and refuse to read the instruction manual that came with this mind-blowing gift we call life.

The Christian faith recognizes that the only way out of this dead end existence is not by looking at our problems, not at our failures, not at ourselves, but looking to Jesus who suffered and died to put everything right and who was raised from the dead proving that it will be. Jesus suffered and died to free every slave from the prison of this rebellion. We love our sin, and we hate the God who made us. But He is still intent on Christmas, still intent on Christmas for this entire sorry world.

This is the good news of the Kingdom, the good news that the Christmas life begins by faith, by trusting God, the original Father Christmas, who gives us every good and perfect gift. And who has proven this through the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ and the gift of His Holy Spirit."

http://www.tobyjsumpter.com/this-christmas-life/

Turtledoves
by Ruby Member on Dec. 11, 2012 at 1:09 PM
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Yes, I do know that. I believe the real time of birth was actually assumed to be sometime in October. However, the reason for Christmas is the birth of Christ, no matter when it actually happened. That's what we celebrate.

Quoting mcr17:

December 25th is not when the birth of jesus took place. It was moved to coincide.



Quoting Turtledoves:

We keep the traditional, religious meaning to Christmas above all else - Jesus's birth. We even do the version where Santa gives gifts to honor Jesus, and have a statue of Santa kneeling down next to baby Jesus in the manger.





Here Christmas is also a big deal with gifts. We go all out, because we don't usually do gifts except on holidays. But we always make sure that religious traditions and the real reason for Christmas comes first.
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