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Christmas is not about the Savior's infancy; it is about His deity. The humble birth of Jesus Christ was never intended to conceal the reality that God was being born into the world.
But the modern world's version of Christmas does just that. And consequently for the greater part of humanity, Christmas has no legitimate meaning at all.
I don't suppose anyone can ever fathom what it means for God to be born in a manger. How does one explain the Almighty stooping to become a tiny infant Our minds cannot begin to understand what was involved in God's becoming man. continue in comment...
The song White Wine In The Sun by Tim Minchin is for me a great description of Christmas. It's a day to appreciate your family a and loved ones, no matter what your religious beliefs are. I know that many people feel if you don't go to church you shouldn't be "allowed" to celebrate Christmas. But, since it is a national holiday and also omnipresent everywhere you go from Oct to Jan, I feel it can be enjoyed by everyone as a time of family renewal. For better or worse, Santa is as well (or maybe more) known than Jesus. So for me the meaning of Christmas is giving to my family my love and appreciation.
Christmas was originally a pagan celebration of the winter Solstice, and the given birthdate of several pagan savior figures such as Mithras. The Christian church grafted their own savior myth onto the existing pagan ones to get converts in the fourth century.