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Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Meaning of Christmas ~ Part One


This time of the year has always been thrilling time for me; the parties to attend and host; the beautiful window displays at Holt's; Santa Claus parade; skating at Nathan Phillips Square; hot chocolate;my birthday celebrationS ... yes with being born 6 days before Christmas ... one took advantage of the WHOLE month and celebrated! Christmas for me also meant lots of wonderful packages to wrap and open.  










The past Christmas post accident have been much more low key and this year as I look back its amazing, though I knew the meaning  of Christmas, how easily the commercialization had taken hold. Things that should have held special meaning were really everyday occurrence and had lost much of the lustre they should have held. Celebration was the main event, but really what were we celebrating???

This year more than ever I'm feeling something is missing. Don't get me wrong a little blue box in my stocking would certainly be welcomed... but I want more!!!

Have you found over the years, that the simple meaning of Christmas has been tucked away at the back of a closet collecting dust?

30 comments:

  1. Hi! I believe that is so true and that we all need to remind us what the true meaning of Christmas really is.

    And I'm so glad to be back from my blog break and to enjoy every enchanting day of December! Have a lovely weekend!

    Kristin xo

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  2. You want more?! So a blue box...a big pink box...a dark brown box...

    :O) See you this afternoon!

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  3. Hi Celia,

    I've been sharing that this Christmas is more meaningful to me. Like you, I too was born in December. I appreciate the gift of life given to me and the grace by which I live. I want so much, that my life have meaning; that I'm not defined by empty gestures of gratification.

    "Have you found over the years, that the simple meaning of Christmas has been tucked away at the back of a closet collecting dust?"
    -- I would like to think that I've remembered the reason to celebrate Christmas, but I have to admit this year is far different than the past. I have joy. Not the emotional response that passes away over time, but a sense of gladness and gratitude to God for the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.

    Blessings and peace.

    MTJ

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  4. Dearest CELIA, HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND THANK YOU FOR COMING TO VISIT ME! I see you live in a very cool part of the country! And yes, this time of year is something that lasts ALL YEAR as MTJ says above. THe fun of family and friends is something to celebrate with MUCH JOY AND FEASTING, and the overwhelming joy of CHrist is something that can last even through the rough times. YEAHHHHH! ANITA

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  5. You know how I feel about it too honey! Sadly the true meaning gets put on the back burner in this sad commercialized world we live in.

    I'd like a lil blue box too though:)
    ANAD THAT CAKE LV & CHANEL CAKE! LOVE IT!
    xxoo

    ps- got your card, thank you:)

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  6. More? for me...I got it. Him. He is my more. He is my blue box...and pink one and flowered one. He broke the chains that wouldn't let me go free. He did what nothing else could do. Things come and go...but Him living in my heart...running with me...always in my corner....aaahhh. I'm good.

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  7. you're true, when you talk about xmas most of people thinks just in the presents...
    kisses!!! :)

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  8. Love those pics! Helps get into the Christmas spirit.

    I just found your blog through the Weekend Blog Hop! Have a great weekend.

    Amanda @ www.nutritionistreviews.com

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  9. I feel you. Christmas has lost its spark for me. But I do hope you enjoy the month of December! It's also my birthday month, so happy birthday to us!

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  10. Yes I do. Thanks! Have a very Happy Birthday month! My oldest boy was born on Christmas Ever. =) He told me he's boycotting Christmas this year because it's too commercial, but he'll take birthday gifts. =)

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  11. Hi there,

    I'm a new follower from the blog hops. Love the name of your blog. It just pulled me to following you. :) Look forward to reading more from you soon.

    Please come by anytime you get a moment and visit/follow me too.

    Thanks,

    Marie
    The Things We Find Inside

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  12. So many people just don't get it. Thank-you for this great post today.
    Blessings,
    Ginger

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  13. Hey High Heeled,

    I agree -- Christmas was exciting as a kid, but it has lost its lustre as an adult for a few reasons:
    * You can now afford to buy things you want rather than waiting to receive them as presents
    * It's no longer new
    * You have more responsibilities
    * You stop watching movies, school plays etc that reinforce the meaning of the holiday for you.

    I've been trying to bring back the childlike wonderment this year. There's a lot to love about Christmas and it's such an opportunity to have fun and spread cheer.

    Hope you have a great holiday season.

    xx
    Becks

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  15. Hi my friend, so sorry I have been missing all of your great posts lately...I agree with you, to me I think the best thing more than any gift is to share it with my family ~ we have all had a trying year in many different aspects, but we will all come together from many spots on the continent, with my Grandmother who is 89...so dinner together is worth more than any gift under the tree
    How wonderful your birthday is coming soon!
    Nathalie

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  16. Gord and I aren't much into Christmas but we do love Toronto over the holidays. We went to the Distillery District yesterday ... it was awesome!

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  17. sometimes, i think our heart yearns for
    the Christmases when we were children.
    we want to be undone by the wonder
    of the miracle again.

    i saw your comment at sarah's, and i
    am praying for a Christmas babe of
    your own . . .

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  18. What a wonderful reminder of what Christmas or any other major festival is all about....
    Thank You for the this beautiful reminder

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  19. Sometimes we look back at Christmases past with a lot of nostalgia. I know I do. When I get to thinking about past Christmases and the friends and relatives who are no longer on this earth to celebrate with, I try to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. I truly believe that the important thing is to have a relationship with the one whose birthday we celebrate and look forward to his second coming.
    I hope you have a wonderful birthday AND Christmas this year.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  20. I am new finding you at Meme's Corner This is well written and put so beautifully in your blog Thanks. I am a December baby too I love CHRISTmas and always will. Thanks for sharing and come visit soon-Anne

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  21. i certainly appreciate a deeper meaning of Christmas now that i have kids... it's the traditions that we have with them that makes it all worth it...

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  22. Hi lovely lady! It always takes me awhile to get my Christmas cheer engines started and with being sick this past week (still) I know it's going to take even more effort. Let's see if we can work on both our holiday mojos. :) xoxo

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  23. Dear HHL ... I can't believe it ... we are both Sagittarians! My birthday is the 14th! I hope you have a beautiful birthday and an even more special Christmas .. thank-you for a beautiful post about what Christmas really is.
    hugs
    Frances
    ps I know what you mean the little blue box is very exciting!!!

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  24. 1. happy birthday month, sweet girl!!
    2. i do feel that the true meaning of christmas gets lost absolutely every year. i think it's because department stores, commercials, and advertising start getting us ready right after halloween. i need to be THANKFUL on thanksgiving first, before moving into the holiday season!
    3. we always make a point of watching "it's a wonderful life" -- this put everyone in the TRUE holiday mood!

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  25. hey, i'm following from Give It To Me Monday! i'd love if you stopped by my blog and followed back :)

    best,
    april

    www.marineparents.blogspot.com

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  26. I knew I liked you! I am a December birthday too; the 10th. And today is my husband's birthday. I find that I am more grateful and when I am more grateful for every little thing I am less cranky and more aware of what is really important...about anything.
    Best,
    Colleen

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  27. I know what you mean... =( Such a sad sad world we live in today.. I'm so tired of seeing "Xmas" everywhere too..

    New follower! Hop over and follow me! =) tata!

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  28. I love all these pictures. Is that a LV cake?

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  29. I agree with you...I would love to celebrate Christmas without the presents and crazy Xmas shopping...

    Happy December, cheers: Evi

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  30. yes without a doubt, but I try to remember the sweet memories I do have of Christmases past...
    Hugs,
    Terry

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