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What is the Meaning of Christmas?

Christmas day is drawing near and the joy of the season is coming alive.  For many boys and girls, Christmas needs to mean more than whether they are on the naughty or nice list.  The true meaning of Christmas has nothing to do with Santa Clause and wish lists.  The meaning of Christmas, if broken down by the name itself, is a combination of Christ and Mass.  Christ is the Son of God and Mass is a celebration of the Eucharist, a celebration of Christ.  Christmas day should be an expression of His love, joy, and peace.

The buzz around the Italian Home is that people are making small dreams come true for our children.  Christmas is demonstrated through the love of our volunteers who are wrapping gifts and decorating the school and residences.  Individuals and families are generously donating items while the kitchen staff are cooking traditional meals that will bring joy to the children’s hearts.  There is a peace in knowing that each little one is taken care of and not alone throughout the Christmas season.

Meanwhile, the excitement in the Spiritual Enrichment Program is sharing the stories about Christ’s coming.  On Wednesday nights, we are creating crafts that reflect the meaning of Christmas and singing songs of joy. For the next three Sundays in December, volunteers from local, dedicated churches will fill the chapel with love, joy, and peace through dance, gifts, and prayer.  Our annual Christmas Mass will be held on December 17th with a skit by the children invoking the meaning of Christmas.  All that we do during the days approaching Christmas is with the aim of enriching the spiritual life of every boy and girl.

I believe this biblical passage summarizes what we should receive out of Christmas, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10 (NIV)

It is personal: I bring You!

It is positive: Good news of great joy!

It is universal: For all the people!

 

State Street Volunteers

This fantastic group of volunteers from State Street Corporation

provided a pizza party and decorated cookies with the kids

in Italian Home’s residential program.