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What has Christmas Come to today?

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Debts, Depression, Divorce and Domestic Violence, What has Christmas Come to today? Jessica Gascoigne 10s Christmas- how can we define this, a retail Christmas, a Christian Christmas, or a Pagan Christmas? Many issues come to mind if we think Christmas. The Father figure of Christmas, not Jesus but a fat old man in a bright red coat. This special festival to each Christian child around the world, should this be right? A manufactured profit making man changed by Coca-Cola to represent their colour, red, instead of the religious meanings to Christmas. A Christian Christmas, apparently, the season of good cheer did not start out as an exclusive Christian festival. How could this be? According to Pagans, the early Christian church hijacked December 25th to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Was this that they saw everyone having a good time and decided to take advantage of it? Christmas has changed through the years of celebration. ...read more.

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Pressure, arguments, leads to domestic violence, then divorce and depression. The Samaritans are called out more over Christmas than any other time of the year. 'Peace on Earth good will to all men'. Christmas is a time, which for some people includes loneliness. In the modern world this familiar anecdote should happen but why doesn't it? The poverty in the world, through wars and homelessness still happens today. No religion- how can we justify this? Isn't Christmas a time to search our hearts and minds during a Christmas season, to the time, place and setting where Jesus was born, and to try and remember the purposes of which he came. In the modern world, today many people wouldn't know why Jesus came to Earth. He came to reveal God the Father, to put away sin, to set men free from the works of devil. Maybe if we try to learn during this Christmas season, why Jesus came down to Earth maybe we would respect Christmas more than we do today for its religious purposes. ...read more.

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A four-year-old who just expects to receive saying that 'There's no such thing as Father Christmas' is sad. Sometimes the world seems to strive to find the meaning of Christmas through today's commercial world, clinging onto the last dwindling values of the roast and carols. Images on Christmas cards of snowy scenes 'I'm dreaming of a white Christmas'- since when have we had the last white Christmas? Many of us do dream of a white Christmas. Christmas, although there are many downs to it, is fantastic. In the depth of winter, it is cold, wet windy and dull, we go to school, it is dark and the same when we leave. In the middle of winter, you have two weeks of nice foods, the warmth and comfort of your home, you give and receive presents. If we didn't have Christmas, the biggest 'Bash' of the year, the winter would be so long. As you gradually get older, it may not be the Christian meaning of Christmas but, you realise that Christmas isn't about giving and receiving presents, its about being with the people you care about and love. ...read more.

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