Christmas is a festival of Christians and it is celebrated on 25th of December as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people with great joy, happiness and enthusiasm like other festivals throughout the world.
Christmas Day is a public holiday, in many of the world’s nations, is celebrated culturally by a large number of non-Christian people, and is an integral part of the holiday season. The celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian, Christian, and secular themes and origins.
Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath, Christmas music and caroling, lighting a Christingle, an exchange of Christmas cards, church services, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands and wreaths.
All About Christmas
Why Christmas is celebrated ?
Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God. The word ‘Christmas’ comes from the Crīstesmæsse, an old English word meaning “Christ’s Mass” or Mass of Jesus.
A mass service (which is sometimes called Communion or Eucharist) is where Christians remember that Jesus died for us and then came back to life.
The ‘Christ-Mass’ service was the only one that was allowed to take place after sunset (and before sunrise the next day), so people had it at Midnight! So we get the name Christ-Mass, shortened to Christmas.
Now Christmas is celebrated by people around the world, whether they are Christians or not. It’s a time when family and friends come together and remember the good things they have. People, and especially children, also like Christmas as it’s a time when you give and receive presents.
How Christmas is celebrated ?
People of Christian religion pray to the God. They confess in front of their Jesus Christ about their sins and sufferings. People sing holy songs in the praise of their Lord Jesus. Later they distribute Christmas gifts to their guests and children.
There is a trend of giving Christmas greetings or other beautiful Christmas cards to the friends and relatives. Everyone involve in the great celebration of Christmas feast.
All the houses and churches are cleaned, white washed and decorated with lots of colorful light, sceneries, candles, flowers, and other decorative things.
Everyone get together (whether they are poor or rich) and enjoy this festival with lots of activities. People make a Christmas tree at this day in the mid of their home. They decorate it with electric lights, gifts items, balloons, colorful flowers, toys, green leaves and other materials.
Christmas tree looks very attractive and beautiful. People invite their friends, relatives and neighbors to join the celebration in front of the Christmas tree. People get together, dance, sing Christmas carols, distribute gifts, and enjoy eating delicious dinner.
Santa Claus and Christmas
Santa Claus is generally depicted as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man—sometimes with spectacles—wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots and who carries a bag full of gifts for children.
Santa Claus has been believed to make a list of children throughout the world, categorizing them according to their behavior (“naughty” or “nice”) and to deliver presents, including toys, and candy to all of the well-behaved children in the world, and sometimes coal to the naughty children, on the single night of Christmas Eve.
He accomplishes this feat with the aid of the elves who make the toys in the workshop and the flying reindeer who pull his sleigh.
Writing letters to Santa Claus has been a Christmas tradition for children for many years. These letters normally contain a wish list of toys and assertions of good behavior.
The tradition of Santa Claus entering dwellings through the chimney is shared by many European seasonal gift-givers.
Well known Christmas Carol
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. Oh! What fun it is to ride, In a one-horse open sleigh.