The Meaning (and Not) of Christmas to Me
by Marilyn Jenett
Christmas - Part One
In my opinion, aside from the
obvious festivities, there are many
worthwhile goals that can be experienced during the holiday season. It
can be a time for healing and closure, and ultimately a time to prepare
for the "birth" of new ideas and new manifestations.
spiritual understanding of Christmas
Discover how Christmas can grow our
Be lifted beyond the commercial
aspect or remain true to higher values while dealing with the financial
Remain centered and peaceful during
Overcome a feeling of sadness that
affects many at this time of year
Have or find a place to gather and
share with like-minded people if we don't have families or spend time
alone for renewal if preferred
Receive some joy if we need it or
give some joy if we have it to share
my contribution toward that end, I would like to share some of my free
flowing thoughts about this holiday...
The Meaning (and Not) of
Christmas to Me
Notwithstanding that great cartoon Dianne Reum created for me above, I don't get involved
with the holidays from a commercial standpoint.
Personally, I would rather give gifts and greetings at any time during
the year and not because of ritual or a feeling of obligation. I'm not
a scrooge at all, mind you. It's just that I believe that all of the
feelings of peace, joy, love, goodwill — well, shouldn't these ideas be
cultivated at all times? Isn't that a worthy goal for any time of year?
One year, a forum
member whom I had known from posts over time suddenly decided to offer
his help to me in a technical area of the Internet. Why? He said it was
because the holiday season brought this out in him. I really did
his offer, but I don't grasp why the "season" has to be the prompt for
our goodwill gestures.
I do understand and
respect the religious connotation of Christmas, but I prefer to
concentrate on the spiritual aspect — developing the birth of a Christ
Consciousness — a universal consciousness of love that encompasses all
faiths and all humanity. I respect any religious path as long as it
remains true to what I always believed was the common denominator of
all great religions — the love of our Creator and love for our fellow
man — unconditionally. I found a New Thought definition of Christ
Consciousness as "The spiritual and mystical experience of the unity of
all the universe. To attain cosmic consciousness is to see the universe
as God and God as the universe, and everything as part of this whole."
also includes the deepest understanding of spiritual and Universal law.
The word Christ comes from the Latin "Chrīstus," and from the Greek
"Khrīstos," which means "anointed," to choose by or as if by divine
intervention. I believe that our understanding of spiritual law is our
connection to the Divine.
Now some of you might
find my chosen path and reference to Christ Consciousness and certain
scriptures interesting, since I was born and raised Jewish as a girl.
The definition above refers to the
unity of all the universe...everything as part of this whole.
I chose this path of unity.
Solstice (Northern Hemisphere)
The Winter Solstice,
also known as Midwinter, occurred this year on December 21st in the
Northern hemisphere and marks the beginning of this hemisphere's
astronomical winter. Interpretation of this event varies from culture
to culture, but it is commonly recognized as a time of rebirth
involving festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations. Many
cultures celebrate a holiday near the winter solstice; examples of
these include Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, Pongal, Yalda
and many other festivals of light.
Have you ever
wondered why Christmas and the birth of Christ falls on December 25th?
In the next article, Part Two of this holiday message, I will share
with you the most
"astronomical" and "heavenly" interpretation of this most famous of
births. When I first read about this decades ago in the writings of one
of the most brilliant teachers of manifestation laws, I was stunned.
You'll find the link to this fascinating information at the end of this
Joy and Mass Mind Thinking
Someone asked: "What if every
day was joyous,
like this holiday season?"
Why not? It's a decision. Outer circumstances
should not affect our happiness and well-being. It all comes
from within. We can practice cultivating the feeling of joy — and gratitude — at any time instead of giving in to the opposite. We really do have a choice.
that many people are very unhappy during the holiday season. They are filled with tension and stress. I do not believe
it's necessary. But most people follow the
crowd like lemmings instead of listening to their own guidance.
kingdom of heaven is within.
EVERY day is a gift.
It appears to me that the commercial aspect of the holiday has
overshadowed its true meaning and leaves much of the population
stressed, overtaxed and overextended financially. I opt for finding my
center of peace and staying right there.
I think the holiday rituals are primarily conducive to large families
and especially children and this is a wonderful opportunity to bring
families together — if we are instilling the right ideas into our
children's minds and teaching them true values instead of letting the
commercialism mold their characters.
What if people wouldn't
caught up in the commercialism but instead gave of themseves: perhaps
make gifts, which can be very meaningful; buy according to their
ability and not spend beyond their means to incur debt. How about
the thought of being debt free in January? Now there's an answer to
some joy. What if they focused on the real meaning of the holidays
instead of getting
caught up in mass mind thinking and consumerism. What if we all
stop being hypnotized by the media and instead listen to ourselves —
voice that knows the truth?
If you keep a budget for holiday gifts, why not buy them during the
year when there are sales. Be a practical and wise shopper and when the
holidays roll around, you are all set. Smart, relaxed, debt free and
Years ago, I used to
buy expensive gifts for my corporate clients. Then I made the decision
to take a certain amount of money and donate it to a charity instead. I
would send my
clients cards and let them know that I donated on their behalf in
gratitude for their business. You would
be surprised how well received that gesture was.
Christmas and New Year's is a special time of year for me, but in less
common ways. It is a time for
reflection and renewal. I love to use this holiday time to organize,
declutter, streamline my possessions and my environment and release
unnecessary elements to prepare for the "birth" of new ideas and new
celebration of this holiday for me is based on the teachings of one of
the greatest teachers of all time — the healer, the mystic, the
metaphysician who gave us a philosophy of living based on true
spiritual law (which must be interpreted correctly but more often is
not) and the key to all manifestation:
all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall
That realization is the
greatest gift we
could ever receive.
The greatest gift I
believe I could
ever give to you — to anyone — is to help you
understand this law and the ability to use it in your life.
I hope you will accept
this gift from me year round in lieu of the fanfare and ritual during
the holiday season. I do however, offer my warmest blessings to you and
your loved ones during this season and truly hope you will find your
own center of peace — the "peace that passeth all understanding" — and remain there.
CLICK HERE to go to fascinating Part Two of this Christmas series...
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