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Christmas is celebrated annually all over the world on the 25th of December. It commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem on the eve of Christmas. People get together to rejoice in the birth of their Lord and Savior on this day every year and remind themselves of the teachings of Christ.

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All About Christmas 2022

Falling during the chilly month of December, the festival of Christ’s birth is all about warmth and togetherness. It is a time when friends as well as family get together, exchange gifts, express gratitude, and enjoy some quality time with each other. The festival celebrates the spirit of giving and affection. It is highly anticipated by the Christian community as well as the people from other religions, bringing everybody together on this joyous occasion!

Significance of the Christmas Festival

This festival celebrates the birth of the Son among the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He was born to a poor Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem, blessing mankind with his presence on Earth. Even though no one knows the exact day he was born, the western Christian Church declared in the early fourth century that 25th December would be celebrated as the Christmas dates and time.

Over the course of time, this festival has become the biggest festival all around the globe, and the celebrations for it start from Christmas eve and the festivities last up until 26th December, that is also popular as Boxing Day. This day holds a lot of relevance because Christ’s birth is the biggest event in the religion of Christianity as it is believed that God sent his own Son onto the Earth to redeem mankind of its sins.

How to Celebrate Christmas Festival?

This festival is eagerly awaited by not only the kids but also the adults as it brings forth with it an abundance of happiness, joy, and love. Many customs are practiced during this time for centuries, and they still continue to hold a lot of relevance for the people. Let us look at some of the most important customs and traditions associated with this festival-

  1. There is a tradition of bringing branches of fir in the house during this holiday. The Christmas tree is the biggest symbol associated with this day. Beautiful green trees are brought inside the house and decorated with lights, toys, ribbons, stars, bells, and other ornaments to enliven the space inside the house.
  2. Beautiful wreaths made out of fir branches are used to decorate the house's main door during the holiday season. It is an important element of the decorations for this festive season.
  3. Advent calendars are another unique custom of this season. It has 24 openings, and each is supposed to be opened to reveal a gift from 1st December onwards until the day of Christmas.
  4. The practice of giving gifts to the family is also popular during this festival. It is a tradition that is most looked forward to by the kids, and it is here that the myth of the Santa Clause takes hold of kids’ imagination.
  5. The Christmas gifts are placed under the beautifully decorated fir tree and are opened on either the eve of the festival or in the morning amidst a lot of enthusiasm.
  6. The food made around this day is a major attraction as family members eagerly await the feast served on this festival. Pigs in a blanket, pudding, cakes, gingerbread, mashed potatoes, beef, gravy, among many more leave the mouths watering as people get together to enjoy delicious food on this day.

Symbols Associated with Christmas Festival

The biggest festival of the day has a few symbols associated with it, adding a unique flair to the festive season. Here are the most popular symbols that remind us of the holiday spirit-

  • Christmas Angels- They are important as it is believed that they were the first ones to proclaim the birth of Jesus Christ, the savior.
  • Christmas Tree- It points to heaven, reminding one and all to keep the memory of God in all that we do. It is also an evergreen tree that is a symbol of the eternal life granted to mankind due to Christ’s sacrifices.
  • Holly- It is symbolic of immortality. It is also the plant out of which the crown for Christ’s head was made. The berries of the plant further represent the blood that Christ shed to redeem mankind.
  • Christmas Wreath- It is symbolic of the infinite love of God that has no beginning and no end, like the circular shape of the wreath.
  • Christmas Star- This was the first star that shone in Bethlehem on the night Christ was born, and it is symbolic of the bright light of hope that Christ stands for.
  • Christmas Bells- It is said that bells guide lost sheep back home, and similar to that the bells are a reminder of Christ’s guiding presence for all of humankind.

Why is 25th December Celebrated as Christmas Festival?

The origin of the Christmas Dates and time has always caused a sense of curiosity among people since no one knows the exact day of Jesus Christ's birth. So, why 25th December? The reason behind this can be found in “dies solis invicti nati” which loosely translates to ‘the day of the birth of the unconquered Sun.” This was a popular holiday during the Roman empire, which was used to celebrate the winter solstice. The winter solstice marks the resurgence of the Sun after casting away the chilly winter months. It marks the arrival of spring followed by the rebirth of the summer. It is believed that the Christian church accepted this date as the birth date of Christ, making a connection between the rebirth of the celestial Sun with the birth of the Holy Son.

Legend Associated with Christmas

How can we talk about the Christmas festival without talking about Santa Claus? Well, Santa is a name given to Saint Nicholas, who was a bishop in the 4th century in Myra. A famous legend regarding him suggests that there once was a poor man with three daughters. He was unable to get his daughters married due to his extreme poverty. Nicholas was a wealthy man, and seeing the destitute condition of the poor man, one night, he dropped a bag full of gold down the poor man’s chimney. This bag dropped in the stocking that was hung to dry on the chimney. To discover who his messiah was, the poor man hid near the chimney only to catch Nicholas. Soon the word spread out, and people credited Nicholas every time they received a secret gift. Owing to his good deeds, Nicholas was made a Saint, and this is how the tradition of hanging a stocking to receive gifts on the festival was born.

The festival of Christ’s birth teaches us many things, but it is most importantly about keeping the spirit of kindness alive in our hearts as we help those around us while spreading the Christmas 2022 cheer!

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