Merry Christmas!

Hello there!

Merry Christmas!

I know this is a day late from the actual day, but since Christmas is a season, not just a day, I’m kind of justified.

So far this Christmas has been rather wonderful–different, but still wonderful.

You see, usually my family goes to Midnight Mass, sings carols, opens some (or all) of our presents while drinking champagne, and goes to bed. Then on Christmas dinner we make a nice big meal and sit around eating and fiddling with our new gifts; sometimes we watch Christmas movies or listen to Christmas music; others we sit quietly and read, as more often than not our gifts included books.

This year was a bit different; my family’s a bit more spread out now, so we were traveling Christmas day. And instead of Midnight Mass we went to Mass at Dawn–which was wonderful too. But we still had a big, wonderful meal; sat around talking; opened presents; an just generally enjoyed each other’s company. (And I watched *last year’s* Doctor Who Christmas special, since I haven’t seen all of Season 7 yet and I don’t want any spoilers for The Time of the Doctor. And I don’t want to see Smith regenerate just yet anyway *sniffle**sniffle*).

Of course, the most important thing about Christmas is Christ’s birth. I very much appreciated what the homily yesterday morning–the priest pointed out that you cannot have the créche without the cruifix. Without Christ’s death and Resurrection, Christmas would be meaningless. That’s why Christmas is not the most important holiday for us–it’s Easter.

I think people forget the connection between the two because they want to focus on the more joyful, happy things and forget the suffering. Maybe that’s why part of the reason people skip things like the third verse of Joy to the World. It goes:

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground.
He comes to make his blessings flow
Far as the curse is found
Far as the curse is found
Far as the curse is found

I grew up with just three verses, and never heard the actual third verse until high school, when we sang a setting written by our choir director. Not that this verse displays any particular unhappiness or sorrow, but it reminds us of the reason that Christ came: to rescue us from the curse of sin.

So, let us celebrate Christ’s birth, not only the fact that He is born, but that God loves us so much that He sent His Son to save us from sin!

 

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One comment

  1. medievalotaku · December 27, 2013

    Christ was the only person ever born in order to die. That’s why the colors for Christmas are red and green: the first pointing to the blood He shed for us and the second for the new life He gives us.

    The idea that Christmas would be meaningless without the Cross reminds me that certain Eastern saints maintain that Christ would still have come to earth even if we had not fallen. In that case, it would have been to share our joys instead of our sorrows. I think that the writings of St. Symeon the New Theologian contain that idea as well as much else about God’s infinite mercy and love.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Nami!

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