As the holidays approach, you may be looking for some extra motivation to get into the holiday spirit. First, let us look at the history of Christmas.
Christmas celebrates Jesus’ birth. English Christmas (“mass on Christ’s day”) is relatively new. The Germanic jōl or Anglo-Saxon geōl, which meant winter solstice feast, may have inspired Yule. The corresponding terms in other languages—Navidad in Spanish, Natale in Italian, Noël in French—all probably denote nativity. The German word Weihnachten signifies “hallowed night.” Since the early 20th century, Christmas has also been a secular family holiday, witnessed by Christians and non-Christians similar, devoid of Christian elements, and marked by an increasingly elaborate exchange of gifts. Santa Claus dominates secular Christmas celebrations.
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“Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us.” – David Cameron
“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” – Peg Bracken
“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It’s discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.” – Thomas S. Monson
“The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money. There’s a kind of glory to them when they’re all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy.” – Andy Rooney
“May the hope, the peace, the joy, and the love represented by the birth in Bethlehem this night fill our lives and become part of all that we say and do.” – Rev. Richard J. Fairchild
“Adults can take a simple holiday for Children and screw it up. What began as a presentation of simple gifts to delight and surprise children around the Christmas tree has culminated in a woman unwrapping six shrimp forks from her dog, who drew her name.” – Erma Bombeck
“When we remember a special Christmas, it is not the presents that made it special, but the laughter, the feeling of love, and the togetherness of friends and family that made that Christmas special.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.” – Fred Rogers
“We count down the days, just to experience it nearly exactly as we always have. It is so comfortable, familiar, and perfectly nostalgic that, frankly, we have no desire to improve upon it at all.” — Joanna Gaines