Symbols of Christmas | Catholic Central

By | September 6, 2019

KAI: Merry Christmas, Libby. LIBBY: Merry Christmas, Kai,
but what does it all mean? KAI: How long have you been decorating? LIBBY: Too long. (upbeat music) KAI: Ah, Christmas. LIBBY: The season of cheer, goodwill, and spending 12 hours elbowing your way through a hoard of
shoppers while listening to “I Want a Hippopotamus
for Christmas” on repeat. KAI: So, Christmas has gotten commercialized, but at the heart of all these symbols is actually the reason for the season. LIBBY: Spending money you don’t have? KAI: The birth of Christ. LIBBY: Right, so let’s start with Santa Claus who’s based on Saint Nicholas. KAI: Who did not slide down chimneys, drive reindeer or say ho
ho ho, that we know of. But, he did give money to people
that were desperately poor. LIBBY: The original Saint Nick was a bishop in fourth century Myra, which
is now a part of Turkey. KAI: 19th century American poets and artists merged his name with the
images we now know as Santa, as a way to put more focus on children and the family of Christmas. LIBBY: Believe it or not, Christmas had become a wild
holiday full of debauchery, much like, other holidays
we would like to forget. KAI: In many countries
people still give gifts or candy on December 6th,
Saint Nicholas Feast Day. Making the holidays that much sweeter. LIBBY: Next step, Christmas trees. The tradition of Christmas trees has its origins in the
legend of Saint Boniface, who interrupted a Pagan
sacrifice in 8th Century Germany. KAI: Saint Boniface stumbled
on to a human sacrifice being offered to the
God Thor around a tree. He proposed they try not killing people and chopped down the tree, which they thought could not be destroyed. LIBBY: Then he pointed them to a
Fir tree as a symbol of Christ. The year round green of Christmas trees, symbolized everlasting life and their shape points
upward towards heaven. KAI: The tradition was brought
to the United States by German immigrants in the 18th century. LIBBY: Today’s round ornaments can remind us how God is never ending. And lights are the light
Christ brings to the world. Now if you think Christmas
has gotten too materialistic, you’re not alone. Saint Francis of Assisi thought so, too. KAI: Because of this he created
the first nativity scene in 1223 in Greccio Central Italy, to, well, put the Christ back in Christmas. LIBBY: No matter where you find yourself, almost all of the things
you see at Christmas are deeply rooted in traditions that ultimately point to Christ. KAI: Which may be helpful to
remember when you feel tempted to sucker punch a stranger so you can get that
last $10 toaster oven. LIBBY: For Catholic Central, I’m Libby. KAI: And I’m Kai, until next
time, Merry Christmas. If you like this video be sure to subscribe to
our channel on YouTube. LIBBY: And leave us a comment below with your favorite Christmas tradition. KAI: Do it. LIBBY: Now. (upbeat music) – Yeah, yeah let’s just put this away. Set down the presents. – Okay, I got this. – No, no, I don’t need that. Thank you. I have everything I need. – Okay. – The lord is my shepard. (laughs)

4 thoughts on “Symbols of Christmas | Catholic Central

  1. Victoria Tabal Post author

    As we celebrate Christmas in the Philippines, we have Misa de Gallo. It is a 9 consecutive days mass at 4am.


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