Regardless, many will find that simply being "finished" with their
seasonal obligations is a less than fulfilling goal. Before we arrive at
an unsatisfying moment in the midst of our unwrapped goodies, let
us ponder that perennial, yet relevant, question: What is the
meaning of Christmas? We shall consider some of the symbols of
the Christmas season as a means to address that question.
Is Christmas Necessary?
What do you think of when you hear the word "Christmas"? Frantic shopping? Family
traditions? A commemoration of the birth of Jesus? Or a combination of all these
responses and more?
The Drama of the Christmas Story
Jack L. Walker, Jr.
Is the story of the Nativity very dramatic? Answering this question
may move us to a deeper reflection on the life of Christ.
The reason for the popularity of Handel's Messiah in America,
particularly during the Christmas season, says more about
Americans than it does about its famous composer.
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