It’s nearly Christmas!! I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by. So much has happened this year and quite frankly I can’t wait to be through with 2013 but that’s another story. So here we are in December, the last month of the Gregorian calendar. It’s winter in the northern hemisphere of the earth and warm and sunny in the south. I actually find it quite fascinating that South Africa goes through winter when Europe is in the summer months. Simply Amazing!
We do live on a wonderful planet and if you’re of the Christian faith like myself, then Christmas has a very deep and special meaning to you when God, the creator of this world, sent his son Jesus to come live among us.
And for you cynics out there, yes I am well aware that what we celebrate as Christmas day, the birth of Jesus Christ, could not actually have occurred on December 25th, but was created by early Christians to overshadow a pagan winter celebration and cause a conversion of belief towards the Christian faith. I think it’s even been concluded that Christ was probably born in the summer months (June/July) because you won’t have shepherds grazing their flock out in the middle of winter! (Apologies to anyone who wasn’t aware of this before. Sorry you had to find out this way. By the way Santa as you now him today was fabricated by Coca Cola!).
Anyways back to my point, which is it doesn’t matter what the facts report but the spirit of the season is what we celebrate. And I don’t mean it in the ‘Happy Holidays’, ‘Seasons Greetings’ sort of way but in the actual context of the season – Jesus Christ was born.
We celebrate his birth because he came to save the world from itself and reunite humanity to God, that we may have direct access to Him and be called his children all through his son, Jesus Christ. That’s my really simplified version.
So in line with that I created a range of Christmas cards last year, which I gave out to a few of my colleagues. The cards celebrate the birth of Christ using lines from a few well-known Christmas Carols or Bible sayings. I created them in white card stock lined with red and green paper. I actually had it in mind to create them as a set of cards. So there could be a red, green and a combination set with corresponding coloured envelopes.
I’m not sure what I’m going to create for this Christmas but all I can say is watch this space!