Christmas Day is a holiday in many countries. Many homes are decorated with Christmas trees and other decorations in the weeks leading to Christmas Day. Many of the workplaces hold Christmas parties prior to December 25. Festive activities are also in their full bloom including exchanging presents, singing Christmas songs, going to parties.
It’s a notable time when children expect and get presents from their family, friends and Santa Claus, or Father Christmas. Christmas cards are also shared or posted prior to Christmas Day.
For some, Christmas is a wholesome family affair, while others invite friends to a Christmas buffet or pot luck meal. Churches offer special services and may include a crèche or miniature Nativity scene.
Christmas Day is observed as a public holiday in many countries worldwide, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Government offices, educational institutions, a few businesses and post offices are shut on this day. If you plan to travel with public transport on this day, a local authority schedule charge needs to be checked.
Christmas honors the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians firmly believe is the son of God. His birth date is still unknown because there is little knowhow about his early life. There is discord among scholars on when Jesus was born however Christians celebrate Jesus’ birthday on December 25.
The word “Christmas” is derived from the old English “Cristes maesse”, or the mass of Christ. It is also said that the Christmas date of December 25 was selected to balance the Pagan celebrations of Saturnalia and Natalis Invicti. It is also quite viable that the celebration of the birth of the “true light of the world” was fixed at the time of the December solstice because this is when the days in the northern hemisphere start to grow longer. Christmas holiday customs are derived from various cultures, including Teutonic, Celtic, Roman, West Asian and Christian.
There are many things that can light the Christmas spirit, the advent of cold weather, the smell of cookies baked in the oven, the presence of family are all well-set examples. But nothing seems to activate the mystic feelings of the holiday season quite like holiday decorations.
Holiday celebrations create a warm, welcoming environment. Authentically, decorating for Christmas is done with wreaths, trees, Christmas lights, and bows as these seize and revive the Christmas Spirit. Christmas decoration takes time, physical ability, design skills, and knowledge, but people’s enthusiasm makes the task of designing, installing and maintaining the holiday décor very easy.
A wide variety of people and objects represent Christmas. These not only include baby Jesus, the Nativity, and the Three Kings, but also the Santa Claus, reindeer, and elves are perfectly represented. Standard objects at this time of year are pine trees, holly, decorations, fairy lights, candles, and presents. Christmas Day is now actually a mix of religious celebration and commercial heed.