What comes to your mind first when you think about Christmas?
Santa Claus, reindeer, elves, snowman, presents, tinsel, socks hanging on the chimney, decorated fir tree, bells, plum cake, chocolates, lights, candles, wreaths & garlands! Sleepless excitement for something we’ve been waiting all year for is just a few more days away. Christmas a.k.a. Xmas is indeed a festival of joy and happiness, a day to celebrate the birth and existence of almighty Jesus. The part of Christmas we can see, hear, and touch is much more than meets the eye. It’s a celebration that has the potential to bring out the best in people. This season holds profound lessons.
Let’s delve deeper into the article to learn how we can get inspired by the Christmas celebration.
Hope: First of all, Christmas is a message of hope. “For Christ, the lord and savior were born and that is joyful and good news for all people.” He walked this earth for about 33 years-showing us how we’re supposed to live. And then he went to the cross, to absorb God’s judgment for all the ways we haven’t lived the way we’re supposed to live. And three days after that, the greatest miracle of all time as he rose from the grave. “Everyone is deserving of a chance, hope, and even a miracle. He taught us to be kind to each other and give help and healing where needed. To let our light shine.” Let’s be the light, let’s be the solution to other’s hope.
Relationship-building: Christmas is a season, inspires people to draw near God and to one another. This season is about Jesus coming near. You can show love to someone without having much of relationship. Whether a friend, a relative or a people in need. Spreading love is spreading happiness, builds a good relationship. Some people are looking for relationships of love. Others are scared of relationship and want to keep people at a distance. Therefore, we should improve in nurturing an atmosphere where relationships are “highly valued.”
Humble Leadership: “The best leaders are humble leaders.” Leaders who are humble are amazing to watch and wonderful to follow. Reflect on life’s purpose and commit to serving others. Our life does not just exist for ourselves, but for others as well. Our capacity to seek the good of others and to serve the growth of those around us requires that we make room for them to become more. The “humility of God,” who made a most modest entrance into human history, makes room for us—hapless, hopeless human bumblers that we are—to grow up and stand up and show up big in the world.
Kindness: Christmas is a message of humanity, love to all beings. The birth of Jesus Christ paved the way for the liberation of humankind with the new teaching of universal love, tolerance, and understanding that he gave to the world. As the ringing of church bells and the singing of festive hymns mark this festival, enjoyed in freedom. Irrespective of one’s faith, we all have a sense of duty to ourselves and to one another to make a difference in the world that is genuine and lasting. The spirit of Christmas is associated with human values of giving, sharing, forgiving and taking care of others.
As we are talking about Kindness, let’s discuss how Santa Claus plays a very important at Christmas.
The real ‘Santa Claus’ existed in the 4th Century in a place called Myra, an ancient Greek Town. His name is St. Nicholas. He lost his wealthy parents while he was still young. He obeyed Jesus words to “sell what you own and give the money to poor”. He assisted the needy, sick and suffering his entire life with his whole inheritance. He did it all secretly to avoid any attention or glory. His love for children and his generosity to those in need were hugely appreciated.
He is therefore so beloved and revered as a protector. He is said to have died on December 6 A.D. 342. In many countries, they celebrate this day as a feast day. Also, this is the day he arrives with loads of presents for the children. As Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, a precious gift to the world on 25 December St. Nicholas practices was associated with Christmas.
With this in mind, Oakridge – India’s top International School hence celebrates Christmas every year in all its campuses with great enthusiasm, witnessing participation from all the students, teachers and staff with joy and happiness. Students who come from different culture and backgrounds get an opportunity to learn history while celebrating this occasion in a wonderful way.
Have a very Merry Christmas, friends! This is a grand season of holy days! Do the season proud by serving others!