The Christmas or Nativity is the celebration Christian that reminds us that God became a man and was born of a woman womanAt this time of year we celebrate and reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ. Jesuswho is God made man. By its meaning and relevance is one of the most important festivals commemorated by Christians around the world.
The word Christmas comes from the Latin "Nativitas" which means birth. This feast along with the Resurrection and the feast of Pentecost are the most important celebrations in Catholicism.
The date of celebration corresponds to December 25 in the vast majority of both Catholic and Protestant congregations and is preceded by the time of Advent in the Catholic liturgy, which is a period of preparation and reflection on the meaning of the family and the coming of God as man.
What does the Bible say about Christmas?
The Holy Scriptures do not specify the exact date of the birth of Jesus Christ, so the date we celebrate today was established by the Catholic Church, more precisely by the Apostolic See of Rome.
This celebration begins with the season of Advent, which ends on the fourth Sunday before December 24, Christmas Eve, and ends on the third Sunday before Christmas Eve. Christmas is celebrated on December 25th. This beautiful date of joy and rejoicing ends with the Epiphany of the Lord and is called by Christians as Christmas Easter.
The commemoration of the nativity of the child Jesus is a religious holiday celebrated by Christians everywhere and shared by millions of people. It is very important to internalize the true meaning of this beautiful holiday which is to remember that God became man and was born of a woman, MariaHe had a family and came into this world to bring us the Hope of Forgiveness and eternal life and to fulfill the promises of our Father Celestial. It is also a festivity that allows to gather the family and all Christians around the manger and deepen the wonder of knowing God and letting Him into our lives and what this means.
The feast of Christmas has many nuances and beautiful customs that will depend on the place where it is celebrated, but everywhere it coincides with gathering the family, celebrating with religious activities the coming of the child God, giving and receiving gifts, decorating homes, representing the nativity through beautiful nativity scenes and making special meals for the occasion. All of this is beautiful and is described as a joyous time to share and sorryBut we must never forget the true meaning of the Nativity and all the Christian values it implies, that Christ came into the world and redeemed our sins and made us saved.
Christmas does not celebrate a date, but a transcendental event such as the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior.
In the Holy Scriptures the birth of Jesus, the son of God, was announced and there are many verses that state this:
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: they put on his shoulder the king's badge, and proclaim his name: "Wonderful Counselor, mighty God, Father who does not die, Prince of Peace." (Lk 9:5)
"And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." (Lk 2:13-14)
In these verses men and the heavens celebrated the coming of God, King of Israel and of mankind, therefore celebrating and rejoicing for the nativity of God is a very important part of our faith and beliefs. As John Paul II said
This beautiful date is to rejoice our hearts, renew our faith, help the needy and share with our family. It is a time of hope and joy, because God was born a man to be our Savior.