Christmas is a Christian festival that celebrates the birth of Jesus on December 25. It is celebrated as both a secular and sacred holiday. The celebrations of Christmas include: exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, praying in church, having dinner with family, and waiting for Santa Claus. Since 1870, It has become a federal holiday in the United States.
Evolution of Christmas:
Before the birth of Jesus, Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. The end of December was a perfect time to celebrate as most animals are sacrificed during winter. So they do not have to worry about fresh meat and drinks are also ready during that time of the year.
In the early days, Christmas was not celebrated, and the main holiday that was celebrated was Easter. In Bible, the birth of Jesus is unknown. The religious scholars chose the birth date of Jesus to be December 25.
How is Christmas celebrated?
People decorate trees and their homes. Children get presents from family members, Santa Klaus and Father Christmas. Candles and lights on this day serve as a beacon for the child of Jesus Christ.
Two popular celebration includes:
- Tree Decoration
- Giving Presents/Gifts
Christmas tree Decoration:
The tradition of decorating tree and plants were important in winter areas. It is believed that greens will keep evil spirits, witchcraft, and illness away. The custom of decorating trees on Christmas was adopted by Germans over 400 years ago and spread rapidly all over Northern Europe.
In ancient times Romans used to give gifts on January 1. The Christians moved the tradition of giving gifts to December 25.
It’s a particular time for children to get gifts from relatives, friends, and Santa Claus.
Symbols of Christmas:
- Mistletoe: It is a typical decoration of the celebration. It’s their tradition that people who meet under a hanging mistletoe are obliged to kiss.
- Holly and Ivy: It is a tradition that decorations are carried out with greenery.
- Images: On Christmas Eve, people decorate their houses with images of Santa Claus, snowman, reindeer, and candy canes. Images of baby Jesus can also be seen in Christmas Eve decorations.