About Christmas


Christmas is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. For Christians, this festive occasion is just the ideal time to renew their faith. It is the festival of peace, joy, giving, and sharing with family and friends.

  History of Christmas

  1. The Christmas celebrations were originated by the Roman Catholics but the non-Catholics also observe this festival.
  2. In U.S, the celebrations started in the first half of the 19th century when the Sunday schools observed the festival.
  3. Among all U.S. states, Alabama was the first to declare this festive occasion as a legal holiday. By 1893, all states and territories had acknowledged the observance of this festival.
  4. The history of Christmas celebrations goes back to the New Year festival celebrated by the Mesopotamians around 4000 years back. This festival was known as Zagmuth.
  5. Through Zagmuth, the Mesopotamians honored their deity, Marduk. It is believed that celebrations of Christmas originated from this 12-day festival.
  6. The people of Europe too participated in festivities during the end of winter. Fermented wine, beer, and fresh meat were included in the feasts they had during this time period.
  7. Even the Germans worshipped Oden, the Pagan God during the mid-winter holiday with the belief that he would protect them from nocturnal sky flights.
  8. During winter, a week-long celebration was held in places like Saturnalia in early Rome, where people observed a festival in honor of Saturn, the God of agriculture. People enjoyed the festival with bountiful food, drinks, fun, and frolic.
  9. Another festival observed in winter was Juvenalia, a Roman feast through which children were honored.
  10. The people of the upper class in Rome observed December 25 as the birthday of their infant God, Mithra. They considered it as the holiest time of the year.
  11. The Romans initially celebrated Easter but Christmas was not observed during that time. However, the exchange of gifts during Christmas originated from the Roman tradition of gifting presents in Easter.
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  Christmas Greeting :

  1. Christmas ecards are a great way to send your warmest wishes to your loved ones and spread happiness and good cheer during this festival.
  2. Christmas is the time to share the spirit of peace and happiness. Celebrate the joys and wonders of this festival and have a jolly good time with your near and dear ones.
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  Christmas Tree Decorations:

  1. An important feature of this festival is the Christmas tree decoration.
  2. The tree is adorned with lights, glitters, and embellishments to brighten one's celebration during this occasion.
  3. The Christmas tree has been used since the 17th Century. It was first utilized in Strasbourg in France and then in Germany and Northern Europe. Know about Christmas tree decorations.
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  About Santa Claus:

  1. The character of Santa Claus is based on Saint Nicholas, the early Church Bishop. He was born in the Patara village of Turkey in 270 A.D.
  2. Saint Nicholas was known to be generous toward the poor whom he used to offer gifts of money.
  3. The modern image of the Santa Claus as a jolly good person dressed in red has its origin in the 1823 poem titled "A visit from St. Nicholas" which is also known as "The Night before Christmas".
  4. It is believed that Santa Claus would bring exciting gifts for children during this festival.

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  Gift Ideas:

  1. Exchange of gifts is a special feature of Christmas celebrations.
  2. Gift giving was prohibited by the Catholic Church in the middle ages. However, it was later on allowed by the Church.
  3. Many believe that the gift-giving tradition started from the offerings made by the Three Kings to infant Jesus Christ when they visited Bethlehem.
  4. If you would like to gift presents to your dear ones on this occasion, look through the options given in our section on 'Christmas Gift Ideas'.

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  Christmas Recipes:

  1. Most families plan a special meal with their dear ones on this festive season. The food served during this meal varies from one country to another.
  2. In the U.S., the food menu includes roast turkey, ham, beef, and mashed potatoes.
  3. In England, turkey, goose, potatoes, bread, and cider are eaten on this occasion.
  4. In Sicily, twelve kinds of fish are included in the Christmas meal. Fruit cakes, mince pies, and pudding are the desserts widely prepared on this festive occasion.
  5. In Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, lamb is often used as the primary food of the festive meal.
  6. In Germany and France, pork and goose are preferred. Beef, ham, and chicken recipes are widely eaten during this festive season.
  7. Eating and gifting candies and chocolates are an important part of the celebrations.

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  Home Decorations: :

  1. Aside from the Christmas tree, lights, candles, bells, and stockings are the things you may use to adorn your home during this festive occasion.
  2. Candy canes, wreaths, and angel figurines are often used to add a festive look to your home.
  3. Evergreens like the Holly are used for making the Christmas wreaths which symbolize God's love for man. Holly trees are a symbol of eternal life.
  4. While you decorate your home, use traditional colors associated with this festival. These are red, green, silver, gold, and white.
  5. Red is a symbol of the blood of Christ whereas green color or the evergreen tree is associated with eternal life. This is because evergreens do not lose their leaves in winter.

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  Christmas Flowers:


The types and significance of flowers used during Christmas :
Many people decorate their homes during Christmas with certain types of flowers, in addition to other adornments. These include



Poinsettia

The poinsettia is a kind of plant, also known by its scientific name of 'Euphorbia pulcherrima' which blooms around Christmas time. Being a seasonal flower, it requires special care. It is indigenous to Mexico where in ancient times, the Aztecs used it for commercial as well as medicinal purposes, as it was considered by them to be a symbol of purity. It has been named after Joel Roberts Poinsett who first brought it to the US in 1825. According to a Mexican legend, the poinsettia plant became synonymous with Christmas when a poor Mexican girl presented a bouquet of weeds to baby Jesus during Christmas eve as she could not present a better gift. As soon as she placed the weeds under the Nativity scene, they miraculously turned into bright red flowers, which soon began to be called 'Flores de Noche Buena' or 'Flowers of the Holy night'.

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  Christmas Carols:

  1. Songs and carols are a great way to indulge in the spirit of this festive occasion.
  2. The carols help you spread happiness, love, warmth, and generosity among your dear ones.

  Silent Night

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

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  Christmas Party Ideas:

Christmas is a time of red, green and white, of candy canes and sweet plum cakes, of Christmas carols and presents for kids and of course the delight of all children, our very own Father Christmas or Santa Claus! It is a festival celebrated worldwide in different ways. Many people host Christmas parties on this occasion to celebrate with friends and family. Here are a few party ideas one can keep in mind while Ho-Ho-Hoing away during the festivities!

Christmas Party Theme

To start with organizing a party, perhaps one of the most important things is its theme. It could be related to a specific dress code. For instance, you can tell all your guests to wear red , calling it "Paint the town red" party or tell them to wear Santa hats. To make it more interesting and quirky, you can tell them to wear elf ears or paint their noses red like Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, with reindeer antler headbands that are easily available online on sites such as ebay and Amazon.

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