What is Christmas?

 

Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree

 

Non-Christians will be asking, ‘What is Christmas?’. Christmas is a festival to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, according to Christian. This festival is held annually on December 25. During A.D. 273, the date December 25 is the day pagans celebrate the birth of the sun. That fact makes some Christians feel skeptical about the date December 25; the pagans may influence that. However, during A.D. 320, a theologian made a statement regarding this by saying that they hold that day holy because of Him who made it.

Meaning Behind Traditions

 

As we celebrate Christmas, many decorations are not just mere decorations but have meaning behind them. Here are some meaning behind traditions, based on Christian belief:

The red colour during Christmas symbolises Jesus’s death and blood.

Candles lit up on Christmas represents Christ as the light in this world.

Christmas Candle
Christmas Candle

 

Gifts speak as the gifts that are given to Jesus when He was born. Which also represents bits of Jesus’s embodiment.

Evergreen Trees symbolise everlasting life, which represents Jesus’s eternal life. It was first introduced to the Reformation Church by Martin Luther.

Lastly, the holly represents the thorns in Christ’s crown.

Other Traditions

There is a tradition where all men of a family would carry a large log to represent Jesus and His Cross. The Yule Log represents togetherness, warmth, and joy, which is also how we feel and celebrate Christmas together with family.

Mistletoe
Mistletoe

 

Roman times introduced the mistletoe, which symbolises the restoration of a broken friendship, where Christ took away the wrong things and gave up on us peace.

Modern Traditions

Christmas Gifts
Christmas Gifts

 

During the presentation, we all celebrate Christmas in a very festive way. We would decorate our homes starting from a month before Christmas. Not only that, but a lot of countries also begin to put up giant Christmas trees at malls and places where a lot of people are visiting.

They put up lights above the street and sometimes lights shaped into deer and other Christmas elements. Moreover, a lot of stores are putting up Christmas sales to celebrate Christmas. Families would gather and exchange gifts as tradition. Then, they would hold a delicious family dinner.

Have a Merry Christmas!

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