Nativity_tree2011Have you ever wondered why Christmas is one of the most popular holidays? Why do we celebrate it and what is Christmas?

Christmas has a long history. It is known as the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth. Today, Christmas gives humanity a sense of belonging—an identity. Christmas reminds us that each individual has a family he or she belongs to.

On Christmas, parents give each other gifts and to their children. Siblings, relatives and friends give each other gifts too. Even some of our friends give gifts anonymously and so on. Occasionally, that one uncle who is fascinated by knowledge, wisdom and understanding might give us a book to read as a present and that is okay too. It does not take away the joy we gain from the holiday.

Many people celebrate Christmas unintentionally or might not celebrate at all. I do not think they become “lesser” celebrants than the rest. Joy does not have to be intentional (though, it is much better when this is the case.)

Christmas is meant to bring us joy. The joy that fills our hearts when we welcome a new birth in the family. The joy that hugs our very being when gathered as family. The joy that is difficult to comprehend but we feel its affection. Joy that enters the wounds we carry within ourselves and helps makes us smile.

Why do you celebrate your birthday or someone else’s? Perhaps it is because birthdays are special. The key word here is “special.” You are special—you matter!

We are all children of God, Jesus came to the world just like you—as a human. Though, Jesus is himself God who humbled himself and became man. “Instead, he emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and accepting the state of a man.” (CPDV Phil 2:7).

In the church, the celebration of the birth of Christ begins in the preparation season called “Advent.” This is where one must prepare not only physically but also spiritually. We must come to have the faith necessary to become new.

This includes to do whatever we can to love others like we love ourselves. To nurture and empower others as we live our lives to our fullest potential. It is not accidental that Thanksgiving is right before Christmas.

I believe the best way to have joy in life is through giving. Most people say people who do not give are self-centered because they like themselves and therefore want to keep all things to themselves. I think it is quiet the opposite.

People who do not like to give might lack self-love. If you truly love yourself, you find yourself loving others too. It is like an invisible emotional connection amongst the human species. When we truly love ourselves and take that love and spread it amongst our friends and neighbors not only do we find ourselves more free and joyful, but the world also finds its remedy.

Circa 33 AD, Nicodemus visits Jesus by night and addresses him as 'Rabbi'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Circa 33 AD, Nicodemus visits Jesus by night and addresses him as ‘Rabbi’. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The best way to obtain this love is to be born again. “How can someone be born when they are old? Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” (NIV John 3: 4). Asked a man named Nicodemus.

Nicodemus was a scholar. He asked this question knowing that it is impossible to go to our mother’s womb and be born again. However, Jesus is more than a scholar, he told Nicodemus, that one does not have to go to his or her mother’s womb to be born again. One must be willing to change his thoughts.

We have been seeing things from one angle and it is time to look closer and change our frames of reference. Of course, this is my short way of summarizing Nicodemus’s dialogue with Jesus.

I write this to remind you that we do not have to go to our mother’s womb in order to be born again. We must come to believe and have faith in our endeavors. To renew ourselves by getting rid of our evil thoughts. To truly love ourselves and transfer that same love to others like we love ourselves. Imagine how better the world would be if we really knew how to love?

Christmas is not just a Christian event where churches get visited and empty sits get filled by those whose lives have been occupied outside of the church.

I believe Christmas is a sign of hope.

A hope that can restore the depth of humanity. A hope which has been given to us through free will. A hope all humans should be aware of—to be born again.

How can we connect, cooperate, and collaborate to make the human race unquestionably good?

I would say to be born again and wash away all of our evil thoughts, and come to the realization that we are one. We all seek peace and harmony. Why is it difficult to live in unity?

 

Born in the small African country, Burundi, Wilson Kubwayo is now an inspirational speaker and talks to diverse audiences about his theme, “Climbing the Walls of Greatness: How to live life to your fullest potential.”

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