Pope Benedict: Christmas is more than a party

I had just clicked on “buy” for a couple of Christmas gifts when I saw this reflection by the Holy Father.

In this buy, buy, buy society of ours, we all need reminding that, while Christmas is a time of rejoicing, feasting and fun, what we are celebrating is the coming of the Son of God.

Read the Pope’s thoughts on this below and have a blessed Sunday.



Vatican City, Dec 9, 2012 / 07:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope asked Catholics to prepare for Christmas amid a consumerist society by listening to the voice of John the Baptist, who teaches us to celebrate Christmas as more than a party.

“Our aim today is listening to that voice to give space and welcome to the heart of Jesus, the word that saves us,” said Pope Benedict XVI from his apartment window to pilgrims gathered below in St. Peter’s Square.

The Pope asked Catholics to “prepare to see with the eyes of faith the humble stable of Bethlehem, God’s salvation, in this time of Advent.”

“In the consumer society, in which we seek joy in things, John the Baptist teaches us to live in an essential way, so Christmas is experienced not only as an outward party outside, but as the feast of the Son of God who came to bring peace, life and true joy to people.”

“John plays a great role, but always in relation to Christ,” said the Pope on Dec. 9, following the feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception.(Read more here.)

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  • Nicole

    Mrs. Hamilton, I must say I really like your blog and your attachment to spreading the teachings of the Church. I am a college student, someone who used to be indifferent to God but now want to understand and follow Him. While I have been baptized more than a year ago, I feel this is will be my first Christmas as a Christian and Catholic. I have been lured (again) and discouraged by this world, my classmates, and other influences. It need to stop! Sinning now is even more painful than sinning before my conversion. It is emotionally, mentally, physically painful. At best I can’t concentrate on my chores or homework. At worst I can’t sleep well which lead me to have night terrors (basically I have nightmares and scream violently while sleeping). I’m going to see a priest this week so I can confess and have advices. I wanted to thank you for your blog because it helps me to see how things are going for brothers and sisters in your country. I wish to you and your readers (Christians and atheists alike) the best ! Merry Christmas everybody !!!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Nicole. Please do go see your priest. It is normal to be more sensitive to sin after conversion, but not to despair or be afraid about it. Just relax and know that you have nothing to fear from our loving God. Blessings and Merry Christmas Nicole.

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  • http://mywordwall.wordpress.com Imelda

    This is a very welcome and necessary reminder. Before I migrated to this country, I would be quite busy with Christmas gatherings around this time, starting in late November. It was a tiring whirlwind of shopping and working and partying and going through December traffic. It was too easy to get lost on the list of things to get to ‘prepare’ for Christmas. It was all too easy to paint Christmas only as a social (and commercial) celebration. Thanks to the Pope for the reminder.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      If we get too busy with all the parties of Christmas we can actually wear ourselves out and not enjoy it, which is truly sad.

  • http://www.unwalled.wordpress.com Kim

    Just want to say thank you for your continued support and that I am grateful to God that my blog is a tool of inspiration to you. May God bless, keep, strengthen and continue to embolden you as you serve Him in truth and advance His Kingdom in the earth……….blessings!……..Kim

  • Bill S

    It has become painfully obvious that we need Christmas to keep the economy going. Where would the stores be without Black Friday?

  • http://jscafenette.com Manny

    I understand what our Papa says, and I don’t disagree with him. However, let’s qualify to say that many people’s livelihoods are dependant on producing things for consumers, not to mention our standard of living which includes physical healing and finacial means to care for the sick. Empty consumerism is bad, but each of us has to make sure we don’t live for material things and that material things are part of how we ensure the personal dignity of work and prosperity to care for others. I have a budget for donations. If I earned less I would have to give less. Since you’re a Democrat, let me put it in this way: can you be for union workers if you are against what union workers produce of which gets sold to consumers?

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I agree with you Manny. I also think that we have gone too far in making Christmas a consumer event rather than a religious/family one. There is a balance.

  • http://www.mycatholicblog.com Erin

    It is really essential that we focus on the right things this holiday season. Christmas is about so much more then gifts and food. It is about the time you spend with your family and how that makes you feel. It is about the birth of Jesus.