CHRISTMAS is the time for love, joy, justice, peace and celebration for the birth of Jesus Christ.
It is celebrated by Christians and non-believers because it is a time when people come together to share the festive season.
Former Methodist Church president Reverend Josateki Koroi said the spirit of Christmas is the spirit of joy, goodwill and peace.
"During this blessed season let us dedicate ourselves to making known a blessed saviour and redeemer," Mr Koroi said.
"I am told that in the city of Madras, India, there is a chapel on the wall of which is the upper portion of a cross.
"On one end of the cross, there is a pierced hand, the skin of which is brown, after the colour of the skin of the people of the east.
"On the other side of this section is another pierced hand, white, after the colour of the skin of the people in the west.
"That is a glorious symbol of a divided World's Christ and the inscriptions on the cross were written in Hebrew, Latin and Greek the language symbol of the then known world."
Methodist Church incoming general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra said Christmas not only marked the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ but also the hardship which was faced by his mother during his birth.
Mr Nawadra said the long journey and hardship that Jesus' parents faced many years ago following his birth simply showed Jesus was indeed a redeemer.
"His birth simply signifies that through the hardship that people face in this world, Jesus Christ was here to save all from their hardship," Mr Nawadra said.
"Christmas is also about humility amongst believers."
Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji president Pundit Kamlesh Arya said for the Sabha community, Christmas meant bringing the community together and strengthening their diverse religious beliefs. "It is a time to build national prosperity and progress by coming together and enjoying each others company," Mr Arya said.