WHAT IS CHRISTMAS?

Christmas marks the coming of him whose human birth ushered in the Christian era. To many, it is a day of festivity celebrated by family gatherings and the giving of gifts, commemorating the gifts brought by the Wisemen to the Bethlehem babe. Weeks spent in preparation and expectations sometimes terminate in as much unhappiness as joy because of unfulfilled human desires. These disappointments originate in a misconception of the true meaning of Christmas.

To the Christian Scientist, Christmas is more than a day of celebration. It is an inner conviction of the ever-presence of Christ. It is the understanding and acceptance of the presence and reality of good only. Mary Baker Eddy writes in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 260), "In Christian Science, Christmas stands for the real, the absolute and eternal,—for the things of Spirit, not of matter."

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