Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year because there is something about the name Jesus. However, the day has spiraled into a seriously commercial, cultural and secular celebration. Pope Julius I chose Dec. 25 as Christmas in the 300s. It was only made a federal holiday in the summer of 1870 in the United States.
Yet, the religious meaning — to be a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ — has never changed. We should link together to be more like him, and not worry too much about the things we get materially from others. We create alliances regularly with who we think love, care and adore everything about us.
If we don’t get a greeting card or gift from some people, we ponder how good of a friend they are. It could be someone who lives in your neighborhood, a church member or a colleague from your workplace who omits you from his or her Christmas list.
There are no snowflakes in most of South Carolina during the year, but we have a pitiful pattern of flaking on our fellow people when we don’t like the way they express themselves to us during certain times.
We try to make a conceivable, clear collage of people based on how they “work” in our lives. Hence, we have psycho-social occupations for how people are placed in our cerebral framework.
We have people we call to get firewood, when we get a promotion, when we feel sad and when we need hot spots in a new place, among other things.
Yet, we choose these man-made holidays like Christmas for which we are supposed to give gifts to distinguish who are our most doting associates.
This is a slack concept that is filled with folly. We establish a muddled medley of a social network by those who give us tinsel things during the usual holidays we celebrate due to the puissant pull from a passel of peers.
The White House, governors’ mansions and town halls in our hometowns everywhere in America receive endless amounts of presents during the year. They receive delicate foods from food banks, jewelry from unhoused citizens and stylish clothes from benevolent companies. This doesn’t make the aforementioned people more than anything but supposed contributors. We can’t let man’s creations be a total substitute for God’s glory.
We must know who, what and when is important as our parents, preachers and professors apprised us. Some smiles, sweet sayings and being aware that we are sanctified by our savior Jesus Christ travels with you further than any other tangible thing.
Jordan Thomas Cooper is a 2015 graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is the first African-American to serve in both the governor and lieutenant governor’s office as an aide in South Carolina and has worked on several Republican candidates’ national campaigns.