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 retailers.
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 … more
...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