The True Meaning of Christmas

Care to share ?The True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival2The True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival2The True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival0The True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival0The True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival
The True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival

The True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor SurvivalToday is Christmas Day and for those of you that celebrate, a very Merry Christmas to you.  But even if you do not celebrate per se, I hope you are spending the day with family and friends and sharing the spirit of the season with loved ones.

I thought it would useful today touch upon the true meaning of Christmas.  For some, Christmas is a religious event tied to the nativity while for others, it is a time for simply sharing our fondness for each other by exchanging gifts.  And yet for others – myself included – it is a time for reflection on the year that is waning with a forward look to our goals and aspirations for the new year.

The True Meaning of Christmas

Here is how Wikipedia describes the true meaning of Christmas:

The “true meaning of Christmas” is a phrase with a long history in American pop culture.

It first appears in the mid-19th century, and is often given vaguely religious overtones, suggesting that the “true meaning of Christmas” is the celebration of the Nativity of Christ.  But in pop culture usage, overt religious references are mostly avoided, and the “true meaning” is taken to be a sort of introspective and benevolent attitude as opposed to the commercialization of Christmas which has been lamented since at least the 1850s.

The poem A Visit From St. Nicholas (1822) helped popularize the tradition of exchanging gifts, and seasonal Christmas shopping began to assume economic importance. Harriet Beecher Stowe criticizes the commercialization of Christmas in her story “Christmas; or, the Good Fairy”.

An early expression of this sentiment using the phrase of “the true meaning” is found in The American magazine, vol. 28 (1889):

“to give up one’s very self — to think only of others — how to bring the greatest happiness to others — that is the true meaning of Christmas”The True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival

I don’t know about you, but I really like this last explanation.

My Gift to You

In the spirit of holiday season, I would like to give five lucky readers a free copy of the book I wrote with George Ure, “11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life”.  Simply leave a comment below describing your version of the “true meaning of Christmas”.  I will pick the recipients at random on Thursday night and make an announcement shortly after that.

The Final Word

I was sincere when I said at the onset that for me, this day is a time for reflection on the year that is almost over.   It is also a time to think about the new year and setting personal goals that will give me both something to look forward to and the optimism to soldier on in spite of the burden of knowledge that weighs so heavily on so many of us these days.

But not today.  Today is about friendship and love and to that, I raise my glass in a toast to you.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye

Bargain Bin: If you have some holiday cash burning a hole in your pocket, consider some of my personal picks.

Rothco Medium Transport Pack You already know how much I like this pack. It is comfortable to carry, even for someone on the small side like me. Plus, it holds an incredible amount of stuff.

Howard Leight R-03318 Leightning L3 Shooter’s Premium EarmuffThe True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival: Right now I just have a cheap set from Harbor Freight. Before I hit the range in January, I am getting a set of these muffs. The reviews are amazing.

Fiskars Power Grip Hand DrillThe True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival: According to my Amazon reports, this hand drill is becoming a big favorite of Backdoor Survival readers. About $13 – can’t go wrong with this one.

TETON Sports Mammoth Sleeping BagThe True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival: I just purchased one of these sleeping bags but it has not arrived yet.  I an very excited to give it a try – looks so snuggly with enough room from me, the Survival Husband, Tucker the Dog and our favorite defensive weapon.

Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression: One of my favorites, If you don’t know about Clara, be sure to read Depression Cooking: A Visit to Clara’s Kitchen.

Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned SkilletThe True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival: This purchase changed the way I cook. I se my cast iron cookware for everything from salmon, to bacon and eggs, to biscuits. For under $20, there is no excuse not to own this survival basic. Don’t forget the Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers, a must have for cleaning those food bits from your cast iron cookware.

Presto 16-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker/CannerThe True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival: This smaller pressure canner fits nicely under an over-the-range microwave over. This is replacing the 23 quart version that was too tall for my range. Becoming a canning maven is on my 2013 to-do list.

Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife: This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing. (Newcomers to my website take heed: I love this knife!)

Streamlight 73001 Nano Light Miniature Keychain LED Flashlight: This small and super-bright light, features a high-intensity, 100,000-hour LED that will last up to eight hours on four alkaline button cell batteries which are included.

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly SpecialsThe True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival: For December, Emergency Essentials has a special sale on Freeze-Dried Chicken Breast Dices. The price is $27.99 which is 34% off the regular price of $42.95. Other specials include these favorites:

Red Feather ButterThe True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival – $6.49
Shortening PowderThe True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival – $3.79
Cinnamon Apple SlicesThe True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival – $6.49
Gamma Seal LidsThe True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival – $6.49 (great to use with those free buckets, right?)

Now I know there are a lot of diehard Emergency Essentials fans out there but I also want to ask you to consider Legacy food products from Preparewise. Not only are they 100% GMO free, but they are lower in sodium, have fewer artificial ingredients and just taste good. More on that later – just wanted to give you a heads up and a link if you want to give them a try.

Oh, and by the way, shipping is always 100% free. One of my favorites is the Legacy Foods “Beans & Rice Enchilada” meal. Soooo good.

Like this and want more?
CLICK HERE to receive Backdoor Survival Posts by Email (usually on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday)
CLICK HERE to sign up for the new Backdoor Survival Newsletter! (Periodically)
CLICK HERE to visit Backdoor Survival on Facebook (updates posted every day or so)
CLICK HERE to follow Survival Woman on Twitter.

Spread the Word – Tell your friends: Share Backdoor Survival with your friends. All you need to do to send them a short email. Now that was easy!

Need something from Amazon (and who doesn’t)? I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. You still get great Amazon service and the price is the same, no matter what.

Amazon has a cool new feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are ‘wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are.  Like I said, very cool.

Shop Amazon Tactical – Great Selection of Optics, Knives, Cases, Equipment
Amazon’s Most Wished For Items in Sports and OutdoorsThe True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival

Help support Backdoor Survival. Purchases earn a small commission and for that I thank you!

Care to share ?The True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival2The True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival2The True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival0The True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival0The True Meaning of Christmas   Backdoor Survival

Comments

The True Meaning of Christmas — 22 Comments

  1. The true meaning of Christmas…is celebrating the birth of our lord and Savior – Jesus Christ. And spending time with family and friends. :-)

  2. The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of God’s redemptive plan for humanity in particular the humbling of our Lord to allow himself to enter into his creation by taking on flesh and coming into this world through the womb of a Middle East peasant girl. the birth of Immanuel, God with us.

  3. For many years I believed Christmas was the celebration of the birth of Jesus; however, after much research it isnt at all. When I realized it was about sharing the joy of love with family and friends, I began to treasure those special times of what true love would bring! I think every day is a time to honor our Lord Jesus and Christmas is about renewing and expressing our love for family and those close to our heart. To share in this love is not about shopping til’ you drop for gifts for anyone and ev1 ! It is the memories we create by our true love and appreciation given to those we love most in our hearts…and precious time the Lord has given us to express that love. As the song says: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” <3 Merry Christmas !

  4. To me it’s about family, friends and a lot of personal reflection. Gaye – thanks for what you offer up for everyone. Merry Christmas to all!!!!!

  5. The true mening of Christmas to me can not really be measured as it is in one’s own heart and soul not gifts or presents. The true gift that is of life and love which comes from God, it is within us to find to God’s way and will to share the true meaning of Christmas in our day to day life; is from the joy of life in one’s own heart and soul and to share that gift of life and love with others. Christmas to me isn’t December 25th, Christmas is evey day of the year. Our soul is the house which God resides within us, it is from opening up of our house to others that we share the joy and peace of Christmas.

  6. When I was a very small girl, we were poor. My Father had a job that gave meager pay and I distinctly remember my second Christmas that year. My Father made a Christmas Tree fron wire coat hangers and crepe paper. From a tiny circle to a much larger one, Dad had strung twisted crepe paper strips from the tiny circle attached to the ceiling.. to the larger one laying on the floor. In the center, in a card board crib, cut from a card board box, “Santa” had placed my small doll, which was nearly as tall as I was. I remember being helped into the center of the tree, to collect my gift. Many a Christmas came and went. Over the years three more siblings came into my life. We never had a crepe Christmas tree again, yet I never forgot the simplicity of it.

    Seventeen years later, on Christmas eve, I went into the hospital as a young expectant wife, and Christmas morning, we were Blessed with a baby girl. This was the first Christmas for my husband and myself.. and struggling financially ourselves.. I remembered the crepe paper tree, and made a smaller one for our house.

    While I held this new baby in my arms, I remembered the scriptures which told of Jesus birth. He wasn’t born into wealth, yet he was a Royal Child, born in a stable, to simple parents, One day, Jesus would be known as “King of The Jews” ~ Through the years Christmas has become so commercialized.. and the greed and expense of gifts, become the measurement of a mans worth. Christmas for me lies in the heart of the giver and recipient. And it lasts 365 days a year.

    My Daughter is 49 years old this year, and a lovely lady with nine Grandchildren of her own. My most treasured Christmas gift is my first doll.. and the gift of life, when I held my Christmas baby in my arms Christmas morning. This morning I have the treasure of baked goods, given to me by her only Daughter, and the endless Love freely shared by a loving family and friends. For me, it’s the blessings of Love and caring. All the money in the world can’t buy that. My Great Grandchildren and the Love of my Heavenly Father, are my greatest Gifts. I hope you enjoy a Very Merry Christmas, with countless Blessings in the New Year..

    • What beautiful memories you have and I wanted to thank u for sharing. May the Lord bless and keep you and your family in his everlasting love. I have lost most all of my family over the past several years…at young ages. However; I have so much love and beautiful memories that Christ Jesus gave to me, that each year is renewed with his promises and life very dear.Merry Christmas!

  7. In my heart the true meaning of Christmas is the grateful celebration of the infinite, immortal God & King humbling Himself to take on finite, mortal flesh and taking the name of Jesus-Yeshua-Rescuer-Deliverer.

    He became one of us so that He could be a sacrifice and shed His blood to rescue & deliver us from the sin that separates us from Him and restore us back to His family.

    His coming and His sacrifice show us clearly how very valuable & precious we are to Him.

    King Jesus…Thank you for what You have done, Thank You for what You are doing and Thank You for what You are going to do. Amen.

  8. Gaye… You need not send me anything, but I just want to add that in the short 10 months that I’ve been prepping, you’ve been a real inspiration! I collect much of your prepping information and keep it in a special file under my heading “EMERGENCY SURVIVAL”. One article in particular was about getting cheaper antibiotics by visiting the fish aquarium websites. I needed a special antibiotic and they had it.
    I may talk like a fish now (lol) but I’m ready for future in case I have an infection!
    Thanks again for all your help and I wish you and your family a Happy New Year!
    Davis

  9. While Christmas is not the true date of the birth of my Lord, I love the celebration of the time the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Now I enjoy His presence every day of the year but Christmas is a special time when all the world remembers The Christ, our Savior. Christmas is just plain fun. It is a time when families gather together, love and give. I am especially blessed that all my children are also in the Family of God. It is a time we consecrate ourselves anew to the plan He has laid out for us.

  10. Hello Gqye

    My best definition of the true meaning of Christmas, unfortunately, leans to the secular. My absolute favorite Christmas movie scene comes in ‘Miracle on 34th Street’, when Kris Kringle is able to speak to the Dutch orphan in her own language. It always brings tears to my eyes, and I’m a guy in my mid-fifties. He brought her so much happiness just by connecting with her when she really needed it.

    Please keep up the good work, and I wish you a happy and healthy 2013.

  11. Reflecting, as you, on the personal wealth aquired by helping others, being the best possible person to everyone. I dislike how it has become focused on gifts you buy, when your personal giving is the best gift. All year long.

  12. In the Holy Word (Bible) I recall it saying “Love your neighbor as yourself”, Matthew 22:36-40.
    Merry Christmas ! an please remember Jesus, is the reason for the season!

  13. Christmas must begin and end with Christ in our hearts, every single day of the year. It is only in this way that we learn that He was the example and we must selflessly reach out to our fellow creatures, human and otherwise. For the greatest gift of all that we can give is as exemplified by Christ; it is ourselves. Our love, our talents, our time, our generosity, all of it, must be surrendered into His will to serve His creation, our fellow beings.

  14. For my family Christmas means more than just a day. We start out Christmas events seven days before and continue through New Years. To suit is a time for togetherness , a time to let worries go away, a time to reflect on how thankful we are for everyone and thing in our lives. We spend time together doing tons of different things during this time. It is our time of the year that all of us are able to stop and enjoy each others company without all the hustle and bustle that comes with our daily lives. It is all about surrounding ourselves with the ones we lo e.

  15. God gave us His Son. What sacrificial love. Give love not just to family but to strangers too as in monetarily or with your time like at a nursing home on Christmas or at a soup kitchen. Those are some very easy ways to show love as Christ did so much more.

  16. If it takes a single day of the year to reflect on how one can make other happy then you’re doing it wrong (YDIW!). the crass commercialization aside, Christmas ought to be an attitude that’s carried throughout the year, not just when the fat man comes down the chimney to spread a bounty.

  17. Thank you, Gaye, for all your insights, advice, and just plain old hard work. YOU are the definition of Christmas. All year long you give to others, expecting nothing in return. THAT, My Dear, is Christmas. May 2013 bring you and Survivor Hubby everything you need and nearly everything you desire.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.