Our View (19-12-2017): Meaning of Christmas

WHAT is the meaning of Christmas?

For some, Christmas is a deeply religious occasion. The meaning is to acknowledge the birth of Jesus Christ and remember his teachings.

For others, it’s simply about spending time with family. Many families view the holidays as a chance for an overdue catch up, complete with the requisite feast.

For children, Christmas is a magical time. Santa Claus and his reindeer fly from the North Pole and bring gifts. Mum and Dad had nothing to do with the presents, despite their wallets being lighter than usual.

And sadly, for many people Christmas means a time of struggle, of pressure, of sorrow.

Some may not have the means to provide the Christmas they feel their family deserves. Imagine the pain of going to bed knowing the kids will wake to find Father Christmas has forgotten them this year.

Some might simply have nobody to share the day with.

The good news is there are many fantastic resources to help these people make the most of Christmas.

That’s because for some people, including many wonderful locals, the meaning of Christmas is to help others. The joy these volunteers bring — usually for people they will never meet — is immeasurable.

Locals experiencing loneliness have a vast range of community groups they can join — lists are available on council websites.

And if you are really battling this Christmas, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

For staff at the YP Country Times, Christmas is the one week of the year we do not put out a paper, although our office will remain open.

The first edition back will be out on Wednesday, January 3.

Until then, whatever Christmas means to you, we hope it is full of joy, and we look forward to another big year in 2018.

Nick Perry, Editor
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