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Scoot Blog: Have You Lost the True Meaning of Christmas?

Every year the pace of the world seems to get more hectic and every year we are reminded to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas.  The massive crowds, traffic congestion, the planning, expectations and the tension all challenge our ability to experience what this time of year is supposed to mean to us all.

The first real step to appreciating the true meaning of Christmas is to admit that it can be a challenge.  We know in our hearts and in our minds what this time of year should mean to us, but the chaos of the season can prevent us from practicing the actions that draw us to its true meaning.

Obviously, for many Americans, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, but a new poll by the Public Religion Research Institute, along with Religion News Service, shows that a growing number of Americans consider Christmas more of a commercial holiday than a religious holiday.   According to the poll, 1 out of 4 Americans (26%) describe Christmas as a "cultural holiday" rather than a "religious holiday."

Any trend that Christmas is becoming more secular parallels a trend that America is becoming more secular with fewer people going to church and aligning themselves with organized religion.  Before you blame the government, liberals or the media for these trends, consider how much individual Americans have contributed to the exodus from religion.  I have written about the perceived war on Christmas and while I recognize that times have changed, any real war on Christmas is taking place without our homes and our hearts.  Rather than accept responsibility for our own failings, it's convenient and comforting to blame someone else – that way we are not at fault and that feels good, doesn't it?

If the true meaning of Christmas and all this season offers to teach us about people and ourselves, lives in our hearts and minds, then there is nothing the government, liberals or the media have done, or can do, to take Christmas away from us.  (See Scoot Blog: "Is there really a war on Christmas?")

For millions of American children, Christmas is a time to put in an order for the things they want and expect and those orders are usually filled.  But for millions of other American children, Christmas is a day of hoping for only the necessities of life.  If the millions of children who will not experience the joy of receiving gifts from Santa were not aware that millions who will wake up to find their presents under a tree, life wouldn't be as difficult for the children and the parents who do not have the means to make Christmas dreams come true.

There will always be inequities in the world and if you can bless your family with wonderful presents you should not feel guilty.  But if you are in that position, it should be important to you to make certain that your children and the adults in your life never take for grant it the gifts they receive at Christmas.

If Christmas has become a day when your kids, or anyone in your family or close to you, think of Christmas as a day when they win the lottery – then it's up to you to teach them the true meaning of Christmas.  Spoiled children and adults who expect a certain level of gifts at Christmastime are being taught that they are entitled to something.  Ironically, a great portion of Americans who criticize families at other levels of society for teaching their children that they are entitled to certain things are actually teaching their children the exact mentality they are condemning.

The sad truth is that maybe some people have gotten so caught up over the years in the competition of giving and receiving that they have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas – and some may never have been taught what this season means.

Everyone defines the true meaning of Christmas on a personal level, but a good place to start for understanding what we all should think about this time of year is what Jesus and Santa both represent – giving, being selfless, extending compassion and good will, inspiring morals (be nice – not naughty) and expecting nothing in return for our good deeds.

I went a few years in my life recently when I was not in a position to give presents of any kind to anyone – even those closest to me - and that was a very difficult time.  But I learned that I could still give myself – my friendship, my love, my support and all the things that money can't buy.  I don't think I ever went through this time of year without appreciating the true meaning of Christmas, but stripped of that ability to submit to the commercial temptations of Christmas, I now have a better understanding of what this time of year should mean beyond the expense and stress of gift-giving.

Even if you haven't been through times when you couldn't be part of the more commercial aspect of Christmas, you can still pause to make sure that your participation in the gift-giving and receiving ritual of Christmas does not replace the important meaning of this reflective time of year.  If the true meaning of Christmas has gotten lost in our society – it is because of the actions of individuals – not the government or outside forces.  And it is individuals who have the power to spread the joy and true meaning of the Christmas season.

Merry Christmas,



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12/24/2013 6:25AM
Scoot Blog: Have You Lost the True Meaning of Christmas?
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12/24/2013 12:15PM
Scoot has to defend Obama and liberals ... they supports þutt sex.
12/24/2013 12:17PM
More over-used nonesense. Another pompus lecture from Scooter Winfrey.
Scooter’s audience will have another group cry. LOL
12/24/2013 12:27PM
Actually this is just a cut and paste job.
Scoot is trying to get out of Dodge for Christmas and he has to do a blog post so he pulls out the old meaning of Christmas thing. Nothing new to see here.
12/24/2013 5:20PM
Teen accused of stealing 108 condoms
Thought ObamaCare would cover condoms? ... well, at least Obama is reaching youth with his message of have sex and go on welfare. http://www.ajc.com/news/news/teen-accused-of-stealing-108-condoms/ncSrk/
12/25/2013 11:24AM
For Obama, Christmas is a time when he can get his þutt shaved and get an
ánus wax and bleach. Bammy will be ready to promote ObamaCare in gay clubs .... LOL ... http://redalertpolitics.com/2013/12/23/new-obamacare-ad-promotes-harmful-stereotypes-about-gay-people/
12/25/2013 1:58PM
Bill de Blasio's daughter admits drug, alcohol abuse in video... White House uses to promote O
Gee, such SLEAZY people. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/white-house-new-york-city-mayor-elect-bill-de-blasio-chiara-de-blasio-101521.html?hp=r3
12/25/2013 2:17PM
MSNBC Christmas Special ....
Chris Matthews will suck a replica of Obama’s left big toe following a replay of his recent softball interview with Obama. Replays of Matthews toe sucking will be available on MSNBC’s website.
12/25/2013 2:22PM
"whatever you do unto the least of these, you do unto Me"
People who struggle with depression and abuse substances as a result of that are to be pitied, and cared about, as Jesus Christ would care for them. I admire de Blasio's daughter for her honesty, and hope it helps others who struggle. Maybe we should spend more time reading the words of Jesus, and less political backbiting.
12/25/2013 2:42PM
Congrats to African Americans! You got the POVERTY you voted for ... ENJOY!!!!!
12/25/2013 2:44PM
Perhaps if the liberal poster here followed Jesus more, he would not be an Obama Zombie.
Blasio's daughter is a pathetic ... human debris like all liberals. LOL.
12/25/2013 2:46PM
Funny how liberals never accuse Obama of ”political backbiting” ...
LOL ... they worship Obama and HATE just like their Master.
12/25/2013 2:47PM
Liberals HATE Christians, but use Jesus to justify their bad behavior.
12/25/2013 2:54PM
Blacks in general are stupid.
They keep voting for racist Democrats who keep them ignorant and poor and now they are lower than Mexican illegals—the new voters DemRATS seek. We always cheer when a black leaves the Democrat Slave Plantation and discovers they were meant to be free and CAN be.
12/25/2013 3:00PM
Democrats are always praising LOSÈRS for admitting they are sçum bags ....
you seldom hear of them praising achievers in business, they tax them instead, or young people who do not scréw up their lives and fuçk everything that moves. they mock them and call them bigots (Christians). http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/white-house-new-york-city-mayor-elect-bill-de-blasio-chiara-de-blasio-101521.html?hp=r3
12/25/2013 3:03PM
Obama þutt-face has always been lame ...
now he will be a duck for three years. The country needs a break from this tyrant.
12/25/2013 5:45PM
There's a difference
Between justifying a behavior and having compassion and forgiveness for a person who succumbs to a temptation. But such nuances elude people like you.
12/25/2013 8:46PM
To All My Democrat Friends:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2014, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other countries nor the only " America " in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishes. To My Republican Friends: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
12/25/2013 8:52PM
Great post above ... better to just NOT be a DEMwit.
Democrats are ássholes. LOL.
12/25/2013 10:36PM
Great News!!! It really is a Merry Christmas.
Ánus bleaching is covered by ObamaCare and you can get the procedure done at your local ACORN Office.
12/26/2013 10:13AM
CNN POLL: GOP takes significant edge for midterms...
eventually most folks recognize that Democrats are EVIL and only want to enslave and abuse people.
12/26/2013 3:39PM
Significant Edge - Fact Check
A CNN/ORC poll found that voters would prefer a Republican congressional candidate over a Democratic one by 5 points, 49 percent to 44 percent. 5 points a year out. Not bad but not definite. Don't count your chickens before you know which eggs are gonna hatch and which ones are gonna make Todd Akin comments.
12/26/2013 3:40PM
Those polls are on "generic candidate." When the candidate is specified and goes thru a campaign, the picture can change. We thought MO, IN, and ND were red states and look at what they did in the Senate races? Just saying your posts are one sided when it comes to how the politics can/have played out.
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