Has anyone ever wondered how it is we get all excited about a white Christmas? I have. I think it has to do with the concept of Santa coming in during the mid of winter on his sled. This character seems to have contributed a lot to the way we in North America celebrate Christmas, that is of course unless you live in South Florida, Southern California, The tip of Texas or Hawaii. If someone lives anyplace else it seems as if there is the hope and dreams of a white Christmas.
I am not sure where the desires started. I have heard that in other parts of the world Santa travels in a different way, in Holland I know he is portrayed as traveling on a boat. I have seen photos of him on a surfboard in Hawaii, and I know that in parts of Europe he travels on the back of a donkey. So I know the concept of Santa on a sled is not the sole reason for the white Christmas wishes we seem to have in North America.
I think part of the reason has to do with the success of certain movies, movies such as White Christmas. Our society is heavily influenced by things like movies, books and the arts in general. This is a sad thing to think about with the cut backs to the arts in recent history.
Many people do not realize how much their perceptions have been influenced by others. Whether commercials, or movies, the news media, or books, we have all had outside sources influence our perceptions. I guess the question I have, is how much have our perceptions of Christmas been influenced by these outside sources. The real meaning of Christmas is found in various books of The New Testament when we read about the birth of Jesus and the events that surrounded it. It doesn't take much of an effort to refocus out thoughts about Christmas. All we have to do is turn to the pages of the Bible and take a read that will last no longer than 30 minutes.
I have heard that the new movie The Nativity does a pretty good job of painting the images of the Bible onto the screen. I plan on seeing the movie prior to Christmas day and hope those stories are true. I know I need the reminder as to the real meaning of Christmas, and I tend to focus on it with my vocation.
If I tend to focus on a daily basis on the real meaning of Christmas and need reminders, how much of a reminder do those that never focus on the purpose need a reminder? I am not trying to chastise anyone with this thought, just ask the question that I assume we can all answer. The challenge for today, as you watch the videos is to take the time to read the Christmas story in the Bible. I prefer the Luke story but there are other places to read about the birth of Jesus. Take a read, enjoy the story, and think about the true meaning. Then refocus for a little while during this Christmas season on what the season is really all about.
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Mad TV Vancome Lady Christmas Play
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A Boondocks Christmas
Twas The Day Before Christmas
Rockos Christmas Part 1
Rockos Christmas Part 2
Rockos Christmas Part 3
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A Christmas Vacation Funny Lines
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Mary Did You Know
Mandy Moore Winter Wonderland
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Take 6 Live Joy To The World/Christmas Meley
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Band Aid 1984 Do They Know It's Christmas
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