By Morgan Tidmore
I think I would like to piggyback off the good ol’ Mr. Grinch with the header picture quote. Christmas has turned into a season of needing, begging, and being so greedy that people cannot even spend time with their own families, friends or those who are the most important in their lives. Mainly due to the fact that they are so caught up in Black Friday sales, that really starts on Thursday, which is also known as Thanksgiving (for the ones who did not know that Black Friday is NOT the national holiday every 4th Thursday in November). I am personally not too sure what one calls that day for shopping, I guess it is more like Charcoal Thursday, but that is a poll for another day.
Back to the topic of Christmas itself, when I was a kid I always thought Christmas was more like two days (Christmas Eve and Christmas) rather than two months like it is now. Most people have heard the Christmas story and no, I do not mean the one with Jean Shepherd, I mean the one told in Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2, Isaiah 7:14, Malachi 3:1-4, and Isaiah 9:2, 6-7, just to mention a few. Christmas, for anyone of any belief, was never meant to be this overconsumption of needing this, or wanting that, hoarding gift receipts because the things that people took the time to get you and what they could afford, just wasn't exactly what you wanted. Christmas is supposed to be a time of being with all of your loved ones; your friends, family, acquaintances, dogs, cats, fish, again those you spend your time with. The views towards this holiday have become more obsessed with the latest trends to put on a list rather than accepting what you have been given and being grateful for something other than the materialistic side of things.
If you would like to know the real meaning of Christmas click on this link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+2%3A1-20&version=KJV