Christmas and the Lost Meaning of Our Words

One of my work colleagues has a saying he often uses: “I look, but what do I see?” It came to mind recently when I wanted to buy a card featuring the Nativity scene for a friend who I knew thought of Christmas that way. I was looking, but all I could see were Christ-less Christmas cards featuring everything from snowflakes, reindeer and santas, to presents, stars, Christmas trees, decorations and words like ‘season’s greetings’, but not a Christ child in sight.

The very essence of Christmas – Christ – is absent from the mass of Christmas products drenching stores and media for the past few months. It is ironic and masterful at the same time that we can so publicly, commercially and socially share in, promote and support an event that is void of the essence of its very name and the origins of this globally popular word.

To put it into perspective, it would be like the Olympics without sports, soccer without a ball, motor racing without cars, fashion without clothes, music without sound, royalty without the royals.

Even though we all acknowledge the obvious commercial presence of Christmas, there is little focus or question on what’s not present, like Christ.

This isn’t a rant about the Christ-less Christmas being a bad or evil thing or about our lack of piety, but the Christ-less Christmas is, perhaps, the most blatant example of the meaninglessness of words today, the hollow emptiness of our language and the growing façade of words, whose substance has been rotted away like houses eaten through with termites, appearing solid but crumbling into nothingness at the touch. The word Christmas describes a foundational part of our lives, yet that foundation today has no relation, or connection, to the actual celebrating-the-birth-of-Christ-into-the-world meaning of the word.

The real problem with Christmas is not that it is Christ-less but that it is meaning-less; that is, the actual meaning of the word Christmas and what it has come to mean, in reality, are no longer the same thing. Putting Christ back into Christmas is about using words and language in the fullness of their true meaning so that we may mean what we say and say what we mean, deeply, fully, clearly and truly.

Observing the activity around Christmas reveals that the majority of us are definitely religious about decorating, gifting, feasting, holidaying and rounding it all off with sale shopping, devoid of honouring the birth of a being, whose short life and simple wisdom has echoed down the centuries, offering a way of living that has inspired many. We don’t have to be Christian to appreciate the Christ.

Christmas is a super-powerful word and once we get past the white noise and discern its meaning, as The Way of The Livingness invites us to always do for ourselves, it offers a genuine and true way to live. The word Christ actually refers to our connection with each other as One Family, not by blood, but by Brotherhood – we are all each other’s family, regardless of physical or legal ties, in essence beyond physical bounds. How different would this annual festival be if the word Christ was known and reflected in our celebrations of how we live, connecting deeply with each other as One Family and as the Brothers we equally are?

Without such truth in our words, we can say one thing but mean and live another, as so many of us can testify to with our current experiences of Christmas. How much living wisdom have we lost in the cracks between meaning and reality in the words we use in our lives? What gets lost and buried is us when our words and our lives don’t match, when our words are not embodied in the way we live.

Being definite in our language invites us to return integrity to our speech and our lives, having words actually match their meaning equally and universally, without distortion or versions, so they may be known singularly by any ear that hears them or eye that reads them. Moreover, the more we live with such integrity, the more we will insist that our words reflect this lived quality whereby Christmas is a lived celebration of the Christ, the Brotherhood we know, not in theory, but in the everyday way of our livingness.

By Adrienne Hutchins, BEd, Brisbane, Australia

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520 thoughts on “Christmas and the Lost Meaning of Our Words

  1. Thank you Adrienne for an important blog on the true meaning of words as a true livingness in our lives, there is much here for me to ponder on.

  2. A great read Adrienne, I was only commenting last night how amazing it is to have the understanding that there is a true meaning of words. How empowering it is to not only use words with their correct meaning but also at the same time have a relationship with words so when others speak there is a true understanding.

  3. I have always loved words – looking up their definitions and learning new words. But there is another facet to words I am only just beginning to uncover, and that is using them in their true meaning. There are so many words that have lost their meaning over time, and in that we have lost something very important – the ability to truly communicate and understand. If someone changes the meaning of a word we miss out on what it means in truth

  4. This type of reinterpretation of a word like Christmas becomes possible once we turn our backs on the responsibility of living in a way that would be in line with what Christ truly means, as Adrienne has described so well. Perhaps it is this avoidance that drives us as a community to indulge in the bastardized version of Christmas and other words.

  5. How empowering it is to not only use words with their correct meaning but also at the same time have a relationship with words so when other speak there is a true understanding. So lets celebrate the brotherhood we all share every-day and learn how to distill the truth in words that will empower everyone and take the falseness that has prevailed for to long. Thank you Adrienne, this is a great topic that needs exposing, so that everyone gets the same meaning of words and the energetic intention behind the words.

  6. We are lost in language as long as we disconnect from the energetic meaning, ie. the living vibrating expression that comes with words.

  7. Just yesterday I had a conversation where once again we first needed to define the meaning of certain terms before we really could talk about the same subject. Even when we speak the same language it is not necessarily the same language.

  8. I don’t feel this, what I do feel at Christmas is yes we have lost our ways and become far too materialistic, but it’s about people coming together and family. This I do see, it may not be perfect or how we want it to be, but we can’t deny, most people come together to be together, and celebrate. This will change more and more as the years go on to come back to a true way of living and celebrating.

  9. The lack of integrity in how we use language and information to prove our points is very real and has instigated a new word into our dictionaries and vocabularies being Post-Truth.

  10. Adrienne, I loved your analogy of termites eating away at a structure and while it looks like it is standing erect it is slowly starting to crumble. I cannot but help feel how our unresolved hurts and experiences we carry can erode our sense of self in a very similar way.

  11. Christ and Mas or Mass are often ignored for the tinsel and trimmings, I feel for me it is coming together at the end of a cycle and then stepping out with a deeper commitment for relationships and community, with an bodied knowing of Christ’s light within our bodies and lives.

  12. I know I have found it convenient to use words that do not hold their true meaning. Every time I have I known that I can continue in way that is irresponsible and that it is not going to rock my comfort zone. All the while I can feel a deep sense of unease and anxiousness because I am not expressing, living and claiming all that I am and know that we are capable of. I am working on this every day, being more responsible and see the pockets that I still hold onto. The more I choose to be all of who I am, the more responsibility that I step up to the more I know that the old irresponsible way is not something that I can be choosing any longer.

  13. If we look at our definition of a word like ‘health’ we can see that the drop in what we accept in life (e.g. it is ok to have aches and pain, be depressed or be on medication as long as we don’t have cancer) has an impact on the meaning of the word we settle for. Then again, the new lowered definition of the word in turn defines what we see as our new ‘normal’ in life.

    Society reflects a downward spiral in the quality of life in many areas and is also shown in use of words. So what is our individual responsibility? I would say to live in a way that reflects the highest quality of expression in our living as well as in our use of words. Our world and our words lose their quality and meaning only because we let them do so.

  14. It is beautiful how you discern the cracks that are in our empty use of words, and fill them with the wisdom from your heart.

  15. Sometimes the misunderstanding that occurs from interpreting the meaning of words, ie what someone is saying can make it difficult to even have a common understanding on very basic matters. On one hand it is a matter of what we have learned a word to mean but much more it is the pictures we hold or actually that hold us and thereby the limitation of our awareness and lack of openness to see another for who they are without lacing them with our preconception.

  16. Expressing what is Truth deepens Divine Will, not holding back what is Divine Will supports our expression of Truth. Through the physical vehicle, we are living and returning to living the natural rhythm of ancient wisdom. We all know this rhythm, but it is our choice to express it that will allow its naturalness to become normal once again.

  17. If you consider Christ, then you consider Christmas you are talking about two totally different things, it’s the difference between Religion and non-Religion, God and unGodliness, Divinity and Human Creation, Spinach or Cake – the quality of the two are polar opposites apart. Religion is every-moment everyday, but Christmas has tried to take the divine and pigeon hole it into one day, which is impossible when you know the splendour of God from moment to moment.

  18. Christmas has come to reflect what is held as a priority for our society, the need to have things to be secure to not go without equals success. there is often a token nod to our spiritual roots, and a family gathering dreaded by at least one section of the family. It has come to reflect the disconnection of self and others.
    We do have a choice to live and reflect something that is the complete opposite of what we have settled for.

  19. ‘The very essence of Christmas – Christ – is absent from the mass of Christmas products drenching stores and media for the past few months. It is ironic and masterful at the same time that we can so publicly, commercially and socially share in, promote and support an event that is void of the essence of its very name and the origins of this globally popular word.’ Absolutely Adrienne. And it is that way because we ourselves have lost contact with our true essence, Christ. Were we to come back to the glory of the Christ and live his message on earth the world would not be such a place of misery, crusty, corruption and degradation. Nor would it be a blind and empty celebration of a ‘lovely’ idea – a distraction from the responsibility to live love which we have so wilfully abandoned.

    1. Lyndy these simple words that you have shared ‘our true essence, Christ’ really struck a chord with me. I got to feel that we are all indeed walking around with the energy of Christ within us and this realisation got me to feel just how hard we have to continually work to not be living the truth of who we are. It is crazy beyond belief.

      1. I love what you have said Alexis and I can feel the essence of Christ in what you have just written – a true footprint on the Internet. And yes you are so right – it is Crazy to be living not in this essence! I am dedicating myself to choosing Christ over Crazy, and am a work in progress.

  20. It stands to reason if we are living a version of our true selves, that the words and the language that we use in life will also be distorted and there will be a lack of authenticity in what is being expressed.

  21. Not only have we lost the meaning of word we have lost the respect and reverence for the power of the spoken word, how it can stay inside somebody their whole life, an uttered sentence, always in the back ground of a person either condemning them or confirming.

  22. The words we use are not just decoration or a secret code to unlock some understanding but each one carries a big meaning with it too. So when we put them together willy-nilly and speak without them matching actual reality its seems we start to sabotage ourselves and our integrity. You highlight here Adriene, how the sums of life simply work, so 1 plus 1 always must add up in what we live.

  23. We all should we look deeper here, for in recent times, yes, the religious meaning of Christmas has been lost. But is that a bad thing? After all, when you dissect the christian version of the life of Yeshua, and how the bible and teachings of Christianity actually came to be, written as they were many hundreds of years after his actual death, it is unlikely that the religious teachings that form the basis for Christmas are for the most part true. The study of the life of Yeshua has unfortunately become theological in nature, rather than studied by way of living essence, which is of course now impossible, and that is why we have the situation today where the christian church today is still arguing about basic human tenents such as equal rights for women, when if they truly lived as Yeshua lived, such a right would not even need to be debated.

  24. Taking the meaning out of words and replacing with a false meaning that is somewhat similar but not entirely the same is exactly what allows corruption to creep into society because we then champion a version of the word that is false and we get used to living that. Then we do not have a marker to see that the word is not being used in its truth and therefore the action that claims to be associated with that word would not be seen so easily to be the lie it truly is.

  25. This blog encourages to ponder on the way we use, or abuse words and discern their deeper meanings and derivations, but more importantly their energy. How about the other part of the word Christmas, the “Mass”, a significant word for Christians while meaning something completely different for others. The word Easter comes from pagan origins and was appropriated by the Church and has become a religious festival that most Christians take very seriously, in fact it is probably the most important one, as it holds both the crucifixion and resurrection, the central tenets upon which the Christian Church is founded, and Christmas was the same, most pre Christian religions celebrated the return of the sun at that time of year and the sun was a symbol of God. We still feel this in our bodies as we pass the solstice, and often it is a time for deep inner stillness and reflection, where we meet the soul, (Christ), as well as the joy of gathering together as one brotherhood to celebrate the love we all are. This energy is always passing through our bodies for us to choose, if we choose it we will use words wisely in their true meaning.

  26. So, by your writing Adrienne, I can see how Christmas can be a time to confirm and consolidate the life lived up to that moment, it is in effect a mark that comes around each year, giving everyone a guide or a road map back to unity and brotherhood.

  27. I love what is shared here about Christ meaning our connection to each other and brotherhood and how amazing it would be if that would be celebrated – if one family was the whole purpose of Christmas – not presents
    And food – but relationships and people.

  28. Our words act like signposts and yard sticks that both guide us and allow us to measure where we’re at. Once we scramble their meaning its like smashing our compass and destroying our gauge.

  29. A great call to be more aware what words we use and what they mean to us. One step to bring truth back into this world and our living way.

  30. The pictures that hold us stuck keep us so limited in awareness and in a lack of openness to seeing just how we are caught in the drive to continually create our lives living these pictures that we lose any sense of who we truly are.

  31. Taking care to use the true meaning of words and how we express them, is being energetically responsible and deepens our connection both with ourselves and all others.

  32. I wholeheartedly agree Adrienne, but where does this integrity of our words begin and end? I attended a workshop yesterday run by singer Chris James, where we got to feel the absolute difference between speaking purely from our mind, or expressing with our whole body. The beautiful thing to see was just how profoundly our body knows sound and knows the truth of what is said. It seems to me our body is the key in unlocking our way of communicating and ensuring our life is not empty but full of meaning. So I’ve practiced typing here and checking how each word feels inside as I write. It feels like it really works.

  33. Christmas with out Christ, consumerism and materialism have all but overtaken the meaning of christmas a time of joyful sharing and connecting with each other, appreciating what the past year has given to us with our deepening love for ourselves and each others.

  34. Thank you Adrienne for presenting the opportunity for us to consider the use and quality of the words we speak, as it is an integral part of our lives. The way we generally use words today highlights the lack of connection we hold for ourselves and with others, through the lives we are living. In avoiding living in connection to our truth, the quality of our words are corrupted, losing a sense of value and true meaning, as such we miss living the wisdom or embodying the truth that these words hold, through which our expression is limited, reduced and does not confirm who we truly are.

  35. ‘The word Christ actually refers to our connection with each other as One Family, not by blood, but by Brotherhood’ I didn’t know this was what Christ means. It make sense but it seems we have lost its true meaning and from observing how we are celebrating together during this time of the year, we are living very far from connection and brotherhood.

  36. We have lost so much meaning of words today, Christmas being a great example, and as is highlighted here we think it doesn’t matter, but in fact it does, it means we speak in a way and use words in a way that does not have true meaning and we get used to a way of living where our words do not match our actions, and this matters – after all if we live in this way how can we discern truth, or casual ‘lying’ in what we say is our norm?

  37. If we are to truly celebrate the birth of Christ into the world then we have to understand that this light – the light of Christ – is not owned by the man to which it is attributed but rather a spark that burns deep within the heart of all of us, and that this man Yeshua came to reflect to us in full, the beauty of its flame.

    Where we went disastrously wrong as a race of beings on this planet was to pollute the true meaning of what this great teacher and humble student was here to present to us. For example – stating that he was the only Son of God (through the greatly bastardised teaching in the bible that God sent his only son to us) when in-truth he was here to show us that by virtue of this love lived, we are each the equal sons of our one heavenly Father. That is, we are all ‘sparks within one flame’. Yet here we are thousands of years on today and we have self-created religions whose sole purpose is about creating division amongst us. Not only by outright lying about the true esoteric teachings, but also by way of pitching the believers against the non-believers so what we are left with are either those that believe in the lie of ‘religion’ as we know it and vehemently defend it to the bitter ‘end’ (much bloodshed has been in the name of ‘religion’), and those that are in a full scale reaction to it. Either way it keeps us all away from truly connecting with each other simply by the warmth of love – the Christ light – that regardless of all this mess we keep choosing to indulge in, still burns within our chest.

    And that is simply the true meaning of Religion – to return (re-turn) to the love that we are and express it in full with all others regardless of their chosen religion, creed, philosophy or ideology they may choose to live their life by.

  38. The lack of integrity that permeates the systems and particulars of life causes enormous harm… void of a quality that holds truth and it’s expression steady. To live this everyday would be globally revolutionary but must first start with us… for a body void of this inspires no one to change.

  39. Sometimes the words of a blog resonate deeply within, and travel through the body like sparks and fire, lighting up everywhere… this is one of those writings… to feel the Christ within… a true blessing and reflection for us all.

  40. We think we use words to communicate and elucidate. But in my experience these words are more like chains, heavy weights we use to bring us down. Why do we speak so often to box, cut off and reduce? Like simple building materials these words don’t have to be used this way, but can be repurposed to heal, surrender and foster understanding. It all depends as you show Adrienne on the energy with which we speak. If it’s not Love, it is not it.

  41. “Even though we all acknowledge the obvious commercial presence of Christmas, there is little focus or question on what’s not present, like Christ.” Interesting what you share here, how very little or no mention of Christ is used, I know this as in our hospitality business, we too have got caught in the commercial side of Christmas rather than the true meaning of it, spending time with family, friends in true brotherhood.

  42. This is an interesting one, because there are many words used now that have lost their true meaning, and are often used to mean something very different from their original true meaning, and I agree we have lost the Christ in Christmas as it has become a commercial tool for making profit, and an excuse to over indulge.

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