What is Christmas? Christmas is the great joyous occasion of the annual celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity. It was on 25th of December that Lord Jesus was born at Bethlehem.
Significance: Jesus Christ, the most important figure in Christianity, is believed to have founded the Christian religion. Hence, Christmas is a great Christian festival.
The birth of Jesus is considered one of the most significant event in world history. Jesus Christ took birth on this earth to save humanity from misery and darkness.
Every year, this sacred day is observed with religious zeal, in great merriment and with sincere prayers by Christians all over the world. Billions of people around the world celebrate this day. Throughout the year, they wait for the advent of Christmas and the preparations for the ceremony start a fortnight before the actual day.
Celebration: Christmas day is a special day in the Christian world. It is celebrated throughout the Christian world with great enthusiasm. This day they go to the Church and offer special prayer.
Christmas day is a day of merrymaking and joy. Christians decorate their house, offices, street, churches beautifully with colorful light.
On this occasion, everybody wishes ‘Merry Christmas’ to each other. Special Christmas Carols are sung in churches and abbeys. It is also an occasion for family get-together. People put on new clothes, present gifts to each other, and decorate their houses.
The two special items of Christmas are the Christmas tree and the Christmas cake. There are Christmas trees and Christmas candle in every house on this occasion. They prepare delicious foods, cakes on this occasion.
Gift distribution is one of the most common activity during this festival.
Christmas festival is very special for retailers. The entire economy gets a boost during this period. People around the world start shopping several days before the festival season. Huge crowd can be seen in marketplaces and shopping malls. In many parts of the world, shopkeepers decorate their shops along the Christmas theme.
The figures of Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas are very popular among young children. Children eagerly wait for Santa Claus. They believe that Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas would come and distribute them gifts. Santa Claus is a symbol of protector and friend of the children.
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School, college, office, etc. remain closed for this occasion. All people enjoy the festival. They exchange greeting cards and sweets.
Message: On this unique occasion of Christmas, even non-Christians remember, with due reverence, the Son of god, who suffered the terribly painful death on the Cross to deliver humanity and kindness from evil. Wars are temporarily suspended in honor of Christ on Christmas. An atmosphere of universal goodwill prevails on earth. All men and women treat others as brothers and sisters. People forget jealousy, hatred and selfishness. The spread of love and peace among mankind is the supreme message of Christmas.
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Despite how the modern message may have been diluted down the years, each Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus with traditions drawn from Christianity as well as other ones personal to our own family. Each family I know follows many of the same traditions as we do, however each put their own spin on it and make it their own. My Christmas is special because of these very traditions which we have formed as a family.
The 1st of December is my favorite day in the year because it marks the beginning of my Christmas. On the 1st of December my family and I go to the shops and buy a special new tree decoration. My parents have been collecting Christmas decorations for years and nothing matches on purpose. Christmas spirit is everywhere on the 1st of December, the shops play festive music and are usually decorated down to the last detail. It is this date for me that marks the beginning of the season.
We all put the tree up together the weekend after. We play Christmas music in the background, wear the Santa hats we dug out of the loft and have a drink. After the tree is up, the excessive amount of food has been brought, then the family all come down for the big day. We live all over now so the traditions have had to be adapted slightly. Christmas is the time when we all make the effort to come down at the same time. We go on the 24th of December and play family games all day. We have a buffet dinner which we call an ‘itsy bitsy’ then make our way to midnight mass at the local church.
On Christmas day we wake up early, around 8 a.m. and have breakfast together. We don’t open our presents as soon as we get up as we all agree that we love the anticipation. When we do get round to opening our gifts, after dinner has been put on and the vegetables have been peeled, one of us hands each present out, one at a time.
After presents we all help to get the dinner dished up and the table laid. For dinner we have a turkey with all of the trimmings, we say grace before dinner and then pull our crackers. We have a competition to see who can keep their hat on for the whole day.
After dinner comes the washing up, which we all help with. Then we enjoy family games which we either got that day or we dig out the old classics. The games are my favorite part of the day. It is something which everyone gets involved in and has a great laugh over.
Our family traditions at Christmas have been adapted since people have moved away however, we always make the effort to be together and play games together. Our traditions are much the same as any family; we eat, we give gifts and be merry.