Holidays– What are we celebrating?

So many traditions are involved in different holidays around the world.  There are celebrations that involve fireworks. There are celebrations that involve worship. There are celebrations that involve parades. There are celebrations that involve feasts. There are celebrations that involve gift giving. There are celebrations based on our religions. There are celebrations that involved a country’s independence. There are celebrations that cross international lines and others are only held in one country. 

1441315_10152443596354418_1972511015_nWhat makes a holiday so important to someone?  It is that person’s traditions built up over the years during a particular holiday. When you country celebrates the birth of a king or president, you may only know because you get the day off of school or work.  But other holidays are celebrated with feasts and friends and family and unique things.

Think about what holidays are important where you work.  Are they national or religious?  If they are religious, do other religions recognize that day or treat their friends well?  I once received a huge cake for Easter from a Muslim friend. 

_42282160_churchmosque_afp_203If the holiday is based on a religion is it celebrated in the church, mosque, synagogue or temple?  Easter is a Christian Holiday but do we celebrate in worship with our fellow saints? Or do we feast and have fun with friends and family almost forgetting that our Lord died on that weekend?

Seeing many different traditions around the world, opens your eyes.  You begin to analyze the traditions you  hold and think what is really important.  If we are celebrating Christ’s birth, do we do that in church? Do we even make mention of the real reason for the day or do we celebrate without worship? 

  I have a tree, and cookies, and feast and friends and family and gifts all for Christmas. But I will also celebrate at church with my  fellow saints.  I will spend a majority of my time on Christmas and Christmas eve remembering and rejoicing with others. That happens to be tradition where I currently live, and you know it seems to be a good one! What about you?

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Holidays– What are we celebrating?

So many traditions are involved in different holidays around the world.  There are celebrations that involve fireworks. There are celebrations that involve worship. There are celebrations that involve parades. There are celebrations that involve feasts. There are celebrations that involve gift giving. There are celebrations based on our religions. There are celebrations that involved a country’s independence. There are celebrations that cross international lines and others are only held in one country. 

1441315_10152443596354418_1972511015_nWhat makes a holiday so important to someone?  It is that person’s traditions built up over the years during a particular holiday. When you country celebrates the birth of a king or president, you may only know because you get the day off of school or work.  But other holidays are celebrated with feasts and friends and family and unique things.

Think about what holidays are important where you work.  Are they national or religious?  If they are religious, do other religions recognize that day or treat their friends well?  I once received a huge cake for Easter from a Muslim friend. 

_42282160_churchmosque_afp_203If the holiday is based on a religion is it celebrated in the church, mosque, synagogue or temple?  Easter is a Christian Holiday but do we celebrate in worship with our fellow saints? Or do we feast and have fun with friends and family almost forgetting that our Lord died on that weekend?

Seeing many different traditions around the world, opens your eyes.  You begin to analyze the traditions you  hold and think what is really important.  If we are celebrating Christ’s birth, do we do that in church? Do we even make mention of the real reason for the day or do we celebrate without worship? 

  I have a tree, and cookies, and feast and friends and family and gifts all for Christmas. But I will also celebrate at church with my  fellow saints.  I will spend a majority of my time on Christmas and Christmas eve remembering and rejoicing with others. That happens to be tradition where I currently live, and you know it seems to be a good one! What about you?