The lost message of Christmas

091127_black_friday_shoppersThrough the years various voices have complained about the way Christmas has lost its original message—deteriorating from people being thankful towards the Lord being born on earth to that of shallow and mindless consumerism.

The Advent of the Lord has been replaced by silly images of Santa Claus, elves, reindeer, Christmas Trees, and of course the now “organic need” to buy gifts. However, after pondering the current traditions of Christmas I have come to the conclusion that the original Christmas message has even been preserved in all these fanciful holiday images.

I have even written some posts in the past about the spiritual symbolism represented by Santa Claus, the reindeer and the decorated Christmas tree. But even without elevating one’s mind to decipher these metaphors, the original message has remained intact and is communicated simply in our silly Christmas songs.

The popular song Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town serves as a powerful example. Its message is clear that childlike innocence must be preserved through introspection and determining if we have been naughty or nice throughout the year. This innocence is preserved by each of us being “good for goodness sake.”

The Lord came into the world to teach us all how to behave kindly towards each other (same with Santa). And even a devout atheist can see the obvious value of developing good character and rational values within human society (to be good for goodness sake).

It is amazing that such a simple yet powerful message gets lost as people cram themselves into the shopping malls every year or flock to the internet in search of that perfect gift. What has really been lost at Christmas time is gaining a true and objective sense of ourselves.

So as you open up your presents this year, make the extra attempt to also open up and peek into the quality of your innermost reality! Improving what you find there is the best (and most long-lasting) gift you could ever get!

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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2 Responses to The lost message of Christmas

  1. Lee says:

    It seems to me that for those who are superficial and unspiritual, our cultural Christmas traditions are also superficial and unspiritual. But for those who are thoughtful, heartfelt, and spiritual, every one of our cultural Christmas traditions is elevated by deeper meanings and realities that involve love for God and love for our fellow human beings. Even Santa serves as a stand-in for Jesus for many people who cannot or will not approach Jesus directly. Isn’t it better to have a representative of Jesus than to have nothing at all? God reaches out to us in both direct and indirect ways.

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