OPEN INVITATION TO ALL YOUTH: Send us your stories and thoughts about your own spiritual journey for the Youth Insights page. We welcome all questions that lead to a greater understanding of the spiritual journey. Go to the Contact page and fill in the form using "Youth Story" as the subject. If your story or thought is too long, please contact Reverend Arlyn.
YOUTH QUESTION OF THE MONTH: Why doesn’t everyone celebrate Christmas?
ANSWER: Christmas is a Christian celebration. There are many religions and spiritual paths that are not Christian and so they do not celebrate Christmas as the Christians do. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus but has now become a commercial event with sales beginning even before Halloween. In the early days of the Christian church, when missionaries went into other countries to spread the teachings of the church, there were already many celebrations among the native people. In order to get more people to join the church, the native holidays were transferred over and became Christian holidays. This happened to the holiday we call Christmas. Jesus was not born on December 25th but many native people celebrated the Winter Solstice on December 21st. The church changed the birth of Jesus to this time to take over the Winter Solstice holiday. Jesus was born in the spring. There are many celebrations at the same time of the year but have different names. At the Winter Solstice people since ancient times have celebrated the shortest day of the year and the promise that the days will become longer again, the light will return. No matter the name of the year end celebration, it is good to celebrate the idea that the light has not gone out, but will continue to shine.
-- Reverend Arlyn
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