What is Christmas?
Christmas is the great joyous occasion of the annual celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity. It was on 25th of December that Lord Jesus was born at Bethlehem.
Significance: Jesus Christ, the most important figure in Christianity, is believed to have founded the Christian religion. Hence, Christmas is a great Christian festival.
The birth of Jesus is considered one of the most significant event in world history. Jesus Christ took birth on this earth to save humanity from misery and darkness.
Every year, this sacred day is observed with religious zeal, in great merriment and with sincere prayers by Christians all over the world. Billions of people around the world celebrate this day. Throughout the year, they wait for the advent of Christmas and the preparations for the ceremony start a fortnight before the actual day.
Celebration: Christmas day is a special day in the Christian world. It is celebrated throughout the Christian world with great enthusiasm. This day they go to the Church and offer special prayer.
Christmas day is a day of merrymaking and joy. Christians decorate their house, offices, street, churches beautifully with colorful light.
On this occasion, everybody wishes ‘Merry Christmas’ to each other. Special Christmas Carols are sung in churches and abbeys. It is also an occasion for family get-together. People put on new clothes, present gifts to each other, and decorate their houses.
The two special items of Christmas are the Christmas tree and the Christmas cake. There are Christmas trees and Christmas candle in every house on this occasion. They prepare delicious foods, cakes on this occasion.
Gift distribution is one of the most common activity during this festival.
Christmas festival is very special for retailers. The entire economy gets a boost during this period. People around the world start shopping several days before the festival season. Huge crowd can be seen in marketplaces and shopping malls. In many parts of the world, shopkeepers decorate their shops along the Christmas theme.
The figures of Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas are very popular among young children. Children eagerly wait for Santa Claus. They believe that Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas would come and distribute them gifts. Santa Claus is a symbol of protector and friend of the children.
School, college, office, etc. remain closed for this occasion. All people enjoy the festival. They exchange greeting cards and sweets.
Message: On this unique occasion of Christmas, even non-Christians remember, with due reverence, the Son of god, who suffered the terribly painful death on the Cross to deliver humanity and kindness from evil. Wars are temporarily suspended in honor of Christ on Christmas. An atmosphere of universal goodwill prevails on earth. All men and women treat others as brothers and sisters. People forget jealousy, hatred and selfishness. The spread of love and peace among mankind is the supreme message of Christmas.