Christmas means different things to different people. But for Christians world over, it is just a day (or time) to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ. However millions seize the opportunity presented by this period to do special things. Some plan their weddings within the period even though not exactly on the 25th when Christmas is actually celebrated, others do their house warming while some others chose to but cars during this period.
For families who are blessed with babies at this period especially on Christmas day, it brings new and unique feelings. The feeling of being special people who have divine favour, grace and blessing from above. To them it signifies the closeness of God to the families and it gives hope and assurance of better days ahead. In all Christmas and the yuletide season come with splendid atmosphere and it electrifies the environment irrespective of where you may be.
National Weekender took time out to sample the opinion of celebrities on what they think or feel about Christmas and this is what we got:
It is like any other day within the year but if you consider the fact that God has protected you all through the year to see the end of the year which incidentally is the yuletide period then, you have every cause to thank God. Now how individual wants to thank God differ and depend on that individual. It could be by calling some of your family friends around to celebrate or otherwise. But one thing is very significant, Xmas calls for soul searching particularly as we approach the New Year. For me, it is a period to commune with God and of course it is a period to share with the less privilege. It is a time to give to those who do not have and by giving I mean hope and not just material things. Sure you can give material things but most importantly you should give hope and confidence of a better tomorrow to the downtrodden. Once you do this then, you have truly celebrated Xmas.
Xmas is a just an extension of what we should be doing at all times. Naturally we should be giving and sharing at all times. We should not just wait till it is Xmas before we give or share. For me this period is a period of giving and sharing. It is a period of thanksgiving. Again thanksgiving should be part of our daily life. We must learn to thank God for what He has done in our lives on daily basis. The mere fact that we are alive is worth thanking God for irrespective of what we desire and what we wish to be.
PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME:
Christmas is the celebration of the life of Jesus Christ. But more importantly it points to a path we must follow to live a life that will honour and glorify God. A life that will guarantee us ever lasting happiness here on earth and beyond. Christmas recalls the true reason why Jesus willing decided to come salvage mankind and humanity. And that is why we must be righteous through sharing and giving. That is the real reason for this season.
BISHOP MIKE OKONKWO:
The only true way to celebrate Christmas is to take time out which this period present and ask pertinent questions like –after this life where am I going next? What will those I will leave behind say about me when I eventually leave? Who am I before God? When the answers to these questions are honestly provided then, you can believe that you are truly in the Christmas mood. It is a time for soul searching, a time to reverence God by lifting the spirit and soul of others. This cannot be done if you have not lifted your own spirit towards God.
GOV. PETER OBI:
Christmas is a time for stock taking. It is a time to ask yourself, how close you are with your creator. It is a time to remember our Lord Jesus Christ and to understand the true reason why He came to the world. Once we know this, we are bound to forgive those who sin against us but first we must ask for forgiveness from God. Then we can have a free heart to celebrate naturally in the spirit of Christmas.
Christmas is all about thanksgiving. It is to thank God first for giving us Jesus Christ who He sent to save humanity. It is also to thank Jesus for His presence in our lives and for guiding us all through the year. It is also to bear the burden of those who we are better than, just as Jesus bore our burden.