The word Christmas came from the word Christ’s Mass. It referred to as Cristemaesse which means “Christian Mass”. Christmas is the day when Jesus was born. The day is celebrated on 25th December every year. The birth date of Jesus is unknown but as per Gregorian calendar is it celebrated on 25th December. It is celebrated by Christian people as their religious day. Many non-Christian people also celebrate this day and make an integral part. We get a public holiday on this day in many of the countries. It is celebrated differently in different countries but it includes a feast, enjoying and praying on the church, gift-giving, cards giving, singing Christmas songs.
Story behind Celebrating Christmas
The day Jesus was born is celebrated as Christmas day. About two thousand years ago when the People of Rome was treated as Slaves, God came and said to some shepherds that he will be the savior for Rome. It will cause great joy for all the people. People around the globe will be glad for the celebration. In a town called Nazareth, there lived a young girl named Mary. She was not married nut she was going to be married soon to the man named Joseph. One day something amazing happened, an angel of the Lord Gabriel appeared to Mary. An angel said to Mary that you have found favor with God. God has sent me here to tell you that you will soon have a son and he will be called Jesus. He will be called as son of God. He will be a savior for the people of Rome. Mary said I am handmade of the Lord and I will do what God wants me to do. Mary wanted to do just as God told her to do. It was now nearly a time to give birth to a baby. The roman emperor sent soldiers to announce a new law that there was a change in a law that all of the citizens need to pay taxes from now onwards and register for the census. So Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem to pay taxes. It is about 65 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Mary and Joseph were very tired after traveling for so long. They started searching for the room to rest but Bethlehem was so crowed at that time that all the places and inns were full. There was no place for them to stay. Mary was about to have a baby. After searching for a long time they found a small stable. After some time Mary gave birth to Jesus. It was a wonderful night, big stars were shining in the sky. There was no crib so they bid the baby in a manger. It was full of fresh hey which made little comfortable for a baby. Near Bethlehem that night an angel appeared where some shepherds were gazing there sheep’s. An angel said to shepherds that she has good news there is a savior who has been born in a small stable in Bethlehem tonight to the man and women named Joseph and Mary. They went to search the stable and found Jesus just as the angel had told them. After shepherds saw Jesus they spread the news and everyone who heard was in wonder. Everyone took care of Jesus. When Jesus grew up slowly he started to help people to release from their pain. Since then Christmas is celebrated.
How is Christmas Celebrated?
Christmas is a religious culture mostly celebrated by Christian people. It is celebrated for twelve days. Day 1 is celebrated on 25th December and the last day is celebrated on 5th January. Day 1 is celebrated as birth of Jesus Christ. It involves traditional customs like decorating Christmas tree putting lights on shops, houses, and Christmas trees, getting gifts from Santa church services and family dinner. Some places even do Christmas parades on this day. People also greet each other by saying Merry Christmas. The most popular food people eat on Christmas is turkey. It is a popular dish for family Christmas dinner. Other popular side dishes are corn on the cob and mashed potatoes. There are some countries which do not celebrate Christmas some of them are Iran, Japan, Maldives, Pakistan, Vietnam, etc. the Traditional color used to decorate Christmas tree is red, gold and green. Red symbolizes the blood of Jesus which was shed in this execution. Green symbolizes eternal life which does not lose its leaves in the winter and gold symbolizes the first color associated with Christmas it symbolizes royalty. While decorating Christmas tree many people put a star on the top of the Christmas tree. It symbolizes the star of Bethlehem. The evergreen fir tree is been used to celebrate Christmas. It symbolizes the undying life or eternal life found only in Jesus Christ. The traditional decorations also include bells, candles candy, stockings, wreaths and angels the candle in each window means the fact that Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the ultimate light of the world.