What Does Christmas mean to you?
The Yuletide season means different things to different persons, How you spend it is determined by what Christmas means to you, and each person's feelings are different. Many are bemoaning the fact that the holiday has become too commercialised and look back fondly to the good old days. Flair caught up with some island Christmas celebrants to find out what Christmas really means to them.
Christmas for me revolves around family, and reflecting on one's relationship with God. It has always been a season of thanksgiving where I make time to share with family and friends. Additionally, for someone like me who grew up with a strong religious background, it provides an opportunity to reflect on the Christian principles that underpin my life. As I have grown older, the season not only allows me to count the blessings of my family, but it provides a great opportunity to share those blessings with someone who is not as fortunate. Christmas for me is truly the season for caring and sharing.
Christmas is the time of year that unearths the warmest feelings in me. It's that time I get to unwind, spend time with God, my family and close friends and just relax and reflect on the events of the year gone by and what's to come.
To me Christmas signifies a time of giving, receiving and happiness (call me a child). There's this extra feeling of excitement and buzz when I know Christmas is near. I look forward to the carols and fruitcake. The extra time to spend with family is the plus that makes it better.
Christmas means family, family and more family. I don't get caught up in the debate about it being pagan or being about Jesus, etc. It's a time where everybody is happy and families come together and eat and talk and just have a great time. Oh, and as a musician you get more gigs! So, that too!!
A chance to reflect on God's goodness and spend some quality time with family"
I look forward to Christmas every year because it's the one time of year when family and good friends get together. Remember, it is also the season where we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, so when we get together we do so with God in the midst.
Christmas is important to me - as Christians we have to take this time to reflect on the reason for the season - celebrating the birth of Jesus. For me, Christmas also means meeting up with family and friends, especially those I haven't seen in a long time. It's also about the food, sorrel and cake, and celebration.
For me Christmas means family, togetherness, generosity and rest. It means spending time with my children and parents, cutting and decorating the Christmas tree together and singing Carols. Since we will not be home this Christmas, we will be exploring and spending quality time together.
I enjoyed Christmas for what it was and meant to me at the time when Christmas traditions were alive and in full gear. Weeks leading up to Christmas Jonkunno would kick off in the streets of Port Antonio where I am from, with people dressed in horse-head costumes. I used to follow them from morning until late at night. It was so engaging. I liked the rhythms of the drums, flutes and I enjoyed the footworks of the dancing and gallivanting in the town centre. I really enjoyed the spirit of Christmas.
Christmas to me means reconnecting with family and friends to celebrate life.