Christmas season is here again and the air is charged. Generally, the season begins around the beginning of December, though some people begin to decorate or engage in these festivities earlier.
Christmas is part of the December global holidays which is popularly understood to include Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
Due to its widespread observance, It is one of the federal holidays in most countries.
Wholes celebrating this holiday, let us take a look at what it means and it significance.
What is Christmas?
Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many countries, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians and forms an integral part of the December global holiday season organized around it.
Origin of Christmas
Although the month and date of Jesus’ birth are unknown, the church in the early fourth century fixed the date as December 25. This corresponds to the date of the winter solstice on the Roman calendar.
Most Christians celebrate on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar, which has been adopted almost universally in the civil calendars used in countries throughout the world.
However, part of the Eastern Christian Churches celebrates Christmas on December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which currently corresponds to January 7 in the Gregorian calendar.
For Christians, believing that God came into the world in the form of man to atone for the sins of humanity, rather than knowing Jesus’ exact birth date, is considered to be the primary purpose in celebrating Christmas.
Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving; Christmas music and caroling; viewing a Nativity play; 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, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly.
The mere thought of Christmas can get your senses abuzz, and we’re not just talking about the Christmas songs in this list. It’s the taste of gingerbread. The sight of your favourite holiday film. The cold winter wind. The grating sound of a choir of tone-dead toddlers slogging through an off-key version of ‘Jingle Bells’ for the 74th time.
Which is your best Christmas song;
- ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by Mariah Carey
- ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham!
- ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ by Darlene Love
- ‘Stay Another Day’ by East 17
- ‘White Christmas’ by Bing Crosby
- ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
- ‘Christmas Wrapping’ by The Waitresses
- ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ by Band Aid
- ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ by Brenda Lee
- ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ by John Lennon & Yoko Ono
- ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ by Ike and Tina Turner
- ‘Christmas Rappin’’ by Kurtis Blow
- ‘Sleigh Ride’ by The Ronettes
- ‘Step Into Christmas’ by Elton John
- ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ by Chris Rea
Click here to listen to Christmas songs https://youtu.be/9IBHT69nPv4
Writing a Christmas card can be tricky, especially if you are not sure what to include. If you can, the beginning of your message should include short and sweet greetings that serve as a festive way to spread some love. This could be something as simple as “Merry Christmas!” or a longer saying, such as “I hope your Christmas is filled with joy this year”.
To help you prepare for the festive season, take a look at this sample messages:
- Today on this beautiful day I want to wish my brother for all the love he had bestowed upon!! We may fight a lot, we may get upset with each other the most but at the end of the day itfeels great to have a friend who will never go away!! Merry Christmas!!
- This is my thanks to my beautiful and intelligent sister, who has with her small acts taught m4e the greatest lessons of life. Wishing her the most exciting life on this Christmas!!
- My little child, I am so very thankful to you coming into my like a precious gift which otherwise I would not have been able to enjoy. Wishing you a great Christmas!!
- I feel so lucky to have a mom like you who gives most of her time in teaching me the great sense of life. I wish you for the most amazing merry Christmas!!
- Guess why this Christmas is more special for me? It’s because I would be celebrating this day with a cute friend like you!! Merry Christmas my dear friend!!
- Today on this special day of Christmas I want to wish you with a great life ahead as you are the one who had filled my life with lots of love and life!! Wishing you a great merry Christmas!!
- Hey dear friend Santa brought you into my life because he knew what could make me feel happy!! Wishing Merry Christmas to my best friend and the best p-person in my life!!
- Merry Christmas my dear partner and friend!! My life has become so special because of a friend like you!!
- You are the one and only one person apart from my family members who knows everything about me and still be with me in all the thick and thin!! Merry Christmas my best friend!!
- Friends like you are like angel who will always guard you in every situation!! I want to be in my life always!! Merry Christmas to the best person in the world and my best person!!
The presents are wrapped, the tree is decorated and the dinner is all planned out — but there’s probably one thing still left on your holiday checklist: Thinking of what to write in a Christmas card, of course! After all, there’s nothing like a classic Christmas card to spread holiday cheer — especially when it’s sent with personalized, handwritten wishes.
- “A Christmas reminder: Don’t try to borrow any money from elves … they’re always a little short! Have a Merry Christmas!”
- “Wishing you hope, peace and lots of Christmas cookies this holiday season!”
- “They say the best Christmas gifts come from the heart … but cash and gift cards do wonders too! Happy Holidays!”
- “Merry Christmas! Wishing you all the happiness your holiday can hold!”
- “May your holidays sparkle with joy and laughter.”
- “I hope the magic of Christmas fills every corner of your heart and home with joy — now and always.”
- Merry Christmas to someone who’s sweeter than a candy cane, warms me up more than a cup of hot cocoa and fills my heart with joy more than the biggest present under the tree!”
- “The only thing I love more than Christmas is you.”
- “It’s not what’s under the tree that matters most, it’s who’s around it. Every year I’m so grateful to have you there.”
Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people. Just as people today decorate their homes during the festive season with pine, spruce, and fir trees, ancient peoples hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. In many countries it was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness.
Christmas carols are almost as synonymous with Christmas as the nativity itself. They’ve been part of the season of goodwill for centuries. In themselves, these time-honored songs epitomize the very essence of Christmas, as folks once again gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
- Boston Pops Orchestra: Sleigh Ride
- Andrea Bocelli And Matteo Bocelli: Fall On Me
- Choir Of King’s College, Cambridge: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
- Los Angeles Philharmonic: The Nutcracker Op.71 TH14, No.9: March Of The Snowflakes
- Choir Of King’s College, Cambridge: Away In A Manger
- Vienna Boys’ Choir: The First Nowell
- Choir Of King’s College, Cambridge: Ding Dong Merrily On High
- Katherine Jenkins And Jon Cohen: Silent Night
Christmas is celebrated on December 25 and is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature.
Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25—Christmas Day—has been a national holiday in many part of the world since 1870.
What activity plan do you have for yourself and your family to help you enjoy this Christmas.
This report is specifically design with activities to keep you and your family engaged during these holiday season.
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