The final dash to the shops is on as people look for the perfect gift to give to someone they love. As the last of the wrapping paper is used and the gifts labelled and placed under the tree, there comes an opportunity to reflect on a lasting gift that’s good for your health – hope, health, harmony.
Changes to Christmas celebrations
Over the course of my life, Christmas seems to have undergone many changes. When I was a child, it used to be about waking up to gifts mysteriously left at the end of my bed. We gathered around the table to eat a full English roast dinner accompanied by steaming hot plum pudding. Then there were songs about snow, warm glowing fires, and sleigh rides.
Often all of this took place on a scorching Australian summer’s day as we wiped away the perspiration from our faces. Years later, the lovingly-wrapped presents and the delicious food took a back seat as the ever-growing extended family sought to maintain contact and spend time with each other.
Fast forward to today. Cultural differences have altered the landscape of Christmas in Australia. The sunshine and relaxed life-style have led to barbecues and family celebrations at the beach.
Changes at home
On the home front, Christmas can be tinged with sadness, regret and loneliness. Loved ones may have either passed on, or moved to places far away. With all these personal and community changes, it’s not surprising that some people dread the festive season or want to shun it entirely.
While the fluctuations of human living may bring change into our experience, and try to cast a shadow over what should be a joyous time of year, they can’t alter the real reason that Christmas time is loved and celebrated by many individuals and communities. Although sending greeting cards, singing carols, sharing gifts and a special meal are considered important , they’re really only outward symbols of what this Season is all about.
Real meaning of Christmas
At this time of year, the real meaning of Christmas is commemorated. The ancient story of the birth of Christ Jesus is remembered and retold. This account is not about the arrival of just another child into the world. For many people, Jesus’ advent heralded unprecedented change for humankind. It told of love, peace and goodwill on earth. Because of this man’s shining example, the enduring love of a divine Father that constantly nurtures, sustains and companions everyone, is celebrated.
● This Christmas think about reading the nativity story.
● Be inspired by what Jesus’ life could mean in these often turbulent times.
● Think about the true meaning of Christmas.
● Find comfort, good health and healing.
● Ponder the much loved Christmas narrative. From it can come the lasting gift of hope, health and harmony for anyone wanting to receive it.
● Open the gift of wellness and peace of mind.
Such a gift can be unwrapped every day. And that’s something worth remembering and celebrating all year round.
I’m a professional Christian Science Practitioner and Teacher. Through my prayer-based practice, I help people find happiness, health and healing. As a writer on the connection between spirituality and health I share inspiring can-do tips and ideas.