CHRISTMAS is such a significant word in History. It is a traditional religious holiday, although many who celebrate Christmas are non-Christians. One thing is for certain, the fact that this season for whatever reason this time of the year just inspires people to be nice and forgiving. There is just an amount of joy and cheer when we walk on Christmas eve.
Many have defined Christmas as the birth of Christ and a fulfillment of a promise. Some think that the holiday was created by the Roman Catholics in unison with a Pagan Holiday to appease the masses and to avoid confusion. Some link it to jolly old Saint Nick that inspired the tradition of gift-giving.
Christians celebrate Christmas as the day that a promise is fulfilled when the Messiah is born. I for one, believe that this is NOT the actual birth date of Christ but there is nothing wrong in celebrating a day as a reminder of a miracle and the promise of forgiveness. Christmas reflects different art forms that reflect the Nativity. It is time for attending Mass.
Christmas is a time for mistletoe, colorful lights and luscious decorations. It is a time for being creative in making your home reflect the joy of the season. I’ve seen people spend enormous amount of money to make their homes “Christmasy”. Decorations very from each culture; Filipinos have the PAROL (represents the star that guided the Three Wise men), America and Europe it is traditional to have snowmen and lighted sleighs. Colorful lights are just so cool to see during Christmas.
Christmas also proves to be the catalysts for gift-giving and using the credit card. Kids are the main recipients for gifts. Fathers dress up as Santa Claus to bring gifts. Husbands, wives, and friends and family all take part in the gift giving. It is also a time for Christmas Carols and stories to uplift the spirit...
Christmas also proves to be a time for gatherings for most cultures. A time to see family members at least once a year. It is also a time for feast as the whole family sits together to share a meal. It is a time for stories and the feeling of family.
So just what is Christmas? The answer is entirely up to YOU. Just what do you want Christmas to be? The answer is within your HEART.
Just what is within your HEART is what makes Christmas pretty special. It is a reminder of being human and the celebration of the things we usually take fore granted. Christmas is something that comes from inside.
Whether or not it was made by the Persians or whatever…a pagan practice or not, it doesn’t matter. Christmas promotes the spirit of GOOD WILL for me. It should be a time for love, forgiveness and kindness. Christian or agnostic, Jewish or Catholic…Christmas brings everyone together, young and old, and this is what is magical about CHRISTMAS!
It is indeed a season for CHEER!! We are WHAT makes Christmas...
In closing, I leave you now with a classic Christmas carol...MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
...There is a day set aside by Christians to celebrate the birth of their Savior, Jesus Christ. While the great majority of scholars agree that it is highly unlikely that Jesus was actually born on December 25, I think that Christmas is one of those days that falls under the It's the thought that counts banner. Jesus might not have been born on this day, but what's the problem with celebrating His birthday on this date anyway? I'm not writing this … more
William (Woopak) wrote that the meaning of Christmas is entirely up to you. What does Christmas mean to anyone or everyone for that matter? To a Christian, the entire world. To a Chinese and non-believer, just another festive day related to some other 'aliens' in the world. To me? Well, Christmases come and go. Almost 2 decades ago, I had myself baptised on this very day; I was given a new leash of life. Today, all I want for Christmas is not world peace … more
Even though Christmas is over as of writing this, I feel like talking about it now. Despite abandoning my Christian faith in 2001 (I'm an agnostic with really strong leanings toward atheism), I still practice Christmas because I think it's a wonderful time to spend with friends and family, and that I see it more as a cultural tradition in the Western world than an exclusively-Christian holiday. I guess it helps that since 2006, I've been spending … more
Alright, I'll warn you. I might sound like an odd variety of Scrooge in this review of Christmas. Please don't judge me too harshly. But here it goes... First, as you might already know and as @Scotman and @woopak_the_thrill have pointed out, Christmas was never the time of Christ's birth. Growing up around Christians unfortunately I feel like I was cheated into believing that Christmas is really a celebration of the birth of the Messiah. I was well into my 20s when I realized … more
A time of giving and sharing. If you haven't done so and want to share your blessings and love with the world, Wikipedia is a good place to both contribute your time and money!!! Yes, it's that time of the year again! Donate here... I have done it, have you?!
Something happened to me a few weeks ago that really turned on the lightbulb to make a difference this holiday season. Let me share a story with you…I was listening to the radio and was touched and empowered to take action. This lady on the radio won a contest and received the new DJ Hero game (similar to Guitar Hero). When the radio personality asked her what she was going to do with it, she said she was going to give it to her kids and they were going to be so excited because she … more
I don't like the christmas and I am not the new Grweench. But nobody knows the actual date of birth of Jesus. Protestant sects believe that christmas was created by Coca Cola Company and all this celebration is meaningless advertising. They believe that Christmas tree has a satanic meaning. When Jesus was born all children his age were decapitated and their heads were hung on trees. This action reminds them the Christmas tree to the prostetan sects. Usually the christmas day I'm with … more
Christmas, also referred to as Christmas Day, is an annual holiday celebrated on December 25 that commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. The day marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days. The nativity of Jesus, which is the basis for the anno Domini system of dating, is thought to have occurred between 7 and 2 BC. December 25 is not known to be Jesus' actual date of birth, and the date may have been chosen to correspond with either a Roman festival or the winter solstice.
Modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, Church celebrations, and the display of various decorations—including the Christmas tree, lights, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly. Santa Claus (also referred to as Father Christmas, although the two figures have different origins) is a popular mythological figure often associated with bringing gifts at Christmas for children. Santa is generally believed to be the result of a syncretization between Saint Nicholas and elements from pagan Nordic and Christian mythology, and his modern appearance is believed to have originated in 19th century media.
Christmas is celebrated throughout the Christian population, but is also celebrated by many non-Christians as a secular, cultural festival. Because gift-giving and several other aspects of the holiday involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, Christmas has become a major event for many ...