Why do we celebrate Christmas?

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Christmas is a festival which is celebrated every year on 25th December globally.

Why do we celebrate Christmas?
Christmas is a Christian festival which is celebrated in the memory of Jesus Christ’s birth. Jesus Christ is the most important figure in Christianity and is believed to have founded the Christian religion. It is a festival which is both religious as well as secular in nature. Christmas is one of those holidays that just seem to be filled with cheer and wonder.

Why 25th December?
In the early years, Easter was the only main festival for Christians. But later in the 4th century, the church officials decided to celebrate Lord Christ’s birth anniversary as a festival. Unfortunately, the birth date of Lord Jesus is not mentioned in the Bible. Although people believed that he was born during the spring because of various evidences. It was Pope Julius I who decided that 25th December will be celebrated as Lord Christ’s birth anniversary.

How do we celebrate Christmas?
The first thing that comes to our mind when we talk about Christmas is SANTA! Children wait eagerly for Santa Claus to visit them with his sack of gifts and presents. Talking about Christmas, without mentioning the Christmas tree and the Christmas cake is just not fair. All the family members decorate their Christmas tree and bake a cake for the feast. Christmas is meant for merrymaking and enjoying. People accessorize their homes, offices, and churches with vibrant and colorful lights. Families and friends pay visits to each other, exchange presents, eat & sing together and make merry.

Significance of Symbols
Christmas tree – The evergreen tree was an ancient symbol of life in the midst of all the darkness.
Christmas wreath – Its circular shape represents eternity, for it has no beginning and no end.
Lights – It symbolize Christ being the light of the world.
Exchange of gifts – It aims in spreading love.

Christmas carols
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!

Christmas can never be celebrated without singing carols. Some famous Christmas carols are:
– Jingle Bells
– A Christmas Carol
– Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
– Joy to the World
– Rudolf the red-nose reindeer
– O holy Night
– Silent Night
– Deck the halls

Christmas and the economy!
Christmas is a very important festival for the retailers. The whole economy gets an incredible uplift during this time. People start shopping almost a fortnight before the festival. A huge gathering of people can be observed in markets and shopping complexes. Malls and supermarkets generally adopt Christmas themes.

Message
Jesus Christ is considered to be the angel who came on Earth to save this world from agony, distress and darkness. All the conflicts and wars are temporarily stopped in the honor of Christ on this big day. An atmosphere of peace and happiness prevails on the planet. People forget and forgive. Jealousy, hatred and selfishness seem to get vanished. Christmas spreads the message of love and peace all over the world.

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