What does Christmas mean to you?

Put aside the outside definitions of Christmas (including what close family and friends would say) and consider what Christmas means to you personally.

What is important to you, what are the values of Christmas and the holiday season?

Is it about the birth of Christ, being with family, having a special meal with loved ones, giving thoughtful gifts, giving service to others, being social and seeing many people, or is it a break from the everyday?

Knowing what Christmas means to you and what you want from Christmas can be liberating – it can mean:

  1. making sure you get that important thing so Christmas is not a disappointment for the next 12 months
  2. being able to ignore some of the other pressures and expectations to concentrate on what you really want to
  3. a clear idea when discussing plans with family – if everyone has a clearer view, discussions are simpler and compromises easier
  4. set some real priorities
So why not spend the time thinking about what Christmas means to you? Share your ideas and any thoughts that help you clarify your Christmas values, too.

6 Responses to What does Christmas mean to you?

  • DW Wood says:

    Christmas to me and to more and more people around the world who celebrate it see the holiday as less to do with religion and more to do with enjoying time with family and friends.

    I like to think Christmas still holds a little magic that tends to make us all a little nicer to our fellow man, more generous at the donation box and more thankful for family and friends.

    http://www.heyimjustsaying.com/2011/11/29/what-is-christmas-and-how-did-it-start/

    • Santa's Elf says:

      Hey DW, I love your comment about a little Christmas magic making us better people (in short!) and I agree that for many (including me), Christmas is more about family and friends than religion. I’m all for anything that makes people nicer to each other 🙂

  • Youlovejordan says:

    Christmas to me means coming together to celebrate accomplishments, life, holidays just everything in general. It’s a universal holiday and no matter how old you are you will always wake up in a good mood on Christmas! Also, Christ was born in October but somehow we randomly choose to celebrate his birthday in December for some reason. We acknowledge Christ and God everyday as long as we are united on that day I don’t feel like it matters.

    • Santa's Elf says:

      Thanks for sharing, Youlovejordan.

      I love that you include celebrating accomplishments as part of Christmas – do you openly do that with yoru family?

  • pocs says:

    Christmas to me is family first of all and giving second. We try to think of others all through out the year, but really put extra effort durning the holidays. Sometimes with our busy lives the giving gets lost in the hustle and bustle.

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