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Christmas for Christian or Everyone

By Edited Nov 14, 2015 1 2

Once a Buddhist monk in Thailand joined a group of Buddhists to celebrate Christmas.

Other Buddhists cannot accept his behavior. They said that since Christmas was meant for Christian, why should a Buddhist monk joined the celebration.

The wise Buddhist monk replied that the spirit behind the festival was that of giving and sharing, these principles did not go against Buddhism teaching.

He further said that if they felt uncomfortable, they could make a name change for the Christmas. Instead of calling it Christmas, which reminded them of Christianity, they could call it Buddhistmas or other names.

What do you think? Do you think Christmas is for Christian or everyone?

Some Chinese bosses in Asia do not hold such liberating view towards Christmas as that Buddhist monk in Thailand.

They say that Christmas is for Christian, and since they are not Christian, they do not even grant half day leave on Christmas Eve.

Many people in Asia are not Christians. However, they celebrate Christmas since it is such a jolly festival. They buy gifts and exchange gifts. They enjoy a great night with their friends and family.

They like the log cake, the turkey, the decoration in the shopping area, and they love the Christmas songs.

The birth of Jesus and his sacrifice are the last thing in their mind.

The non-Christian kids see Christmas as a day full of chocolate. They wonder what Santa Claus will give them.

They do not care about the difference between Jesus and Santa Claus. They probably do not even bother to remember that Christmas is meant for remembrance of the birth of Jesus and its significance for mankind.

They know that Christmas is about sharing. They are less aware about the sacrificing of heavenly existence on the part of Jesus in order to born as a human baby.

Many kids change the nature of Christmas from a festival of giving and receiving to a festival of demanding. Many of them use the chance to demand for expensive toys.

The celebration of Christmas for the world in generally is diluted to a happy holiday. Many people see Christmas as commercial holiday than religious holiday.

Some of them might join the church services. However, many of them go unwillingly. Their Christian friends pester them to go. They prefer to spend the time shopping.

The Christmas today is definitely different from the Christmas celebrated in the days of early Christians. There is no rule that says you must attend church service in order to celebrate the occasion.

The most significant difference is that Christmas today is purely a commercial celebration. It has diluted to the stage of man-made festival for getting drunk, creating road accident, and giving cheap and meaningless gifts.

It takes wise men such as the Buddhist monk to recognize the spirit of sacrificing and giving behind Christmas.

Is Christmas for Christian or everyone?

Everyone needs to cultivate the spirit of sacrificing and giving in order to make the world a better place.

They can gain happiness if they recognize the fact that they are imperfect, and that they have room for self improvement. They also need to learn that sharing possessions with love is the way to happiness.

That is why the actual celebration of Christmas may be for Christian. However, the lessons behind the celebration are meant for everyone.



Nov 12, 2010 9:27am
We come from a family that is primarily Christian, but also has Jewish members and some Muslim relatives who live in Saudi Arabia. I believe that Christmas is for everyone. It is the one time of year that I send holiday cards to all our relatives, regardless of their religious beliefs, catch up on their news, and take the time to visit with relatives when I can. I love your point that Christmas is for sharing. I'm sure that even those of us who believe in Jesus, realize that he would not want the day of his birth celebrated as a time of unbridled consumerism!
Nov 13, 2010 4:22am
Wow, your family is like a mini United Nations, spread across so many countries and religions.
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