The real meaning of Christmas is Christ.










 From Gisborne Herald


Some 1700 years ago, a devout priest by the name of Nicholas stumbled upon a simple truth: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Nicholas discovered that giving generously to others had a wonderful effect on them. They become happy. They become more positive, more joyful, and even more helpful to others. Nicholas spent the rest of his ministry giving to others. He became known as the “giving priest.” He later became a Bishop, and after his death was remembered as a saint – Saint Nicholas.

Several centuries later the Dutch incorporated Nicholas’ example into their winter culture through the exchange of gifts over the Christmas period. Saint Nicholas was known to them as Sinta Klas. Dutch immigrants to the United States introduced their Sinta Klas, whose name soon became ‘mispronounced’ locally as Santa Claus. Santa became popularised through children’s Christmas cards and poems. He also became more commercial in the 1930’s when the Coca-Cola Company adopted a tubby, red-suited Santa as their advertising symbol.

This is the image of Santa that we have all come to know and love. The big, jolly, white-bearded man who gives gifts to children all over the world. The modern image of Santa is quite different to the humble robes that Nicholas the priest would of worn. But the spirit of giving he embodied remains almost the same.

We should not forget what inspired Nicholas in the first place – the love and forgiveness of his Lord, Jesus Christ. Jesus gave his life, so that we would know forgiveness and peace. This Christmas, we are all capable of giving the way that Nicholas did. We can also give the way Christ did, by doing something for others that makes their lives better. Because after all, the real meaning of Christmas is Christ.


Rev Don Tamihere Nikora Tapu – St Nicholas Church, Wainui




Author: craig lock

About the Author Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his life’s savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for "many moons". However, through a rather strange (and unique) set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (now 300 + on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has run a run a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!) at the local Polytechnic. He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet. He has many varied interests and passions and is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season.". True! from For Craig’s books see AMAZON at ... but rather GO to ?? When the writer is no more, the value of your purchase will soar." All proceeds go to the needy and underprivileged… and a charity (most worthy-Bill and I) “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.” PPS Don’t worry about the world ending today… as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

7 thoughts on “The real meaning of Christmas is Christ.”

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    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT (hundreds of thousands already on this blog blog…true!) …so hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!). Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share.
    Am having to remove many and so sorry can’t reply individually, but DO try to read as many as possible daily
    so “thanks for the thanx”
    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)
    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)
    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci
    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at:

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –


    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing
    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.” and and

    “Let not our beliefs set us apart, but rather let our shared humanity define and unite us.”.
    – me


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