Christmas is celebrated on 25 December, to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is being celebrated 4000 years back. It is a religious and cultural celebration enjoyed by the Christian community from all over the world. Many customs and traditions are celebrated at this special event. Exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive are some of the popular customs.
How did Christmas start?
The middle of winter has been a time of celebration around the world. Centuries before the arrival of the man called Jesus, Europeans celebrate the light in winters. New Christmas customs appeared in the Middle Ages. The most prominent contribution was the melody, which by the 14th Century became associated with the religious observation of the birth of Jesus Christ.
History of Christmas Stockings
There are no authentic records of Christmas stockings. But, some people say that origin of Christmas Stockings was started in the life of Saint Nicholas.
Is Christmas really the day Christ was born?
In the starting years of Christianity, Easter was the main holiday; the birth of Jesus was not celebrated. Bible does not mention the date of birth of Jesus Christ. Some pieces of evidence suggest that maybe, he was born in spring.
When was the Christmas cancelled?
In the 17th Century, a wave of religious reform changed the way Christmas was celebrated in Europe.
Unique Christmas Traditions Around The World
Christmas is an annual festival celebrated by the Christian community. 25 December is celebrated as the date of Jesus’ birth. The Christian community follows different traditions on Christmas. These customs are very diverse. The tradition includes both secular and religious. The holiday is celebrated on this special day. It is also referred to as “Little yule.” They brighten their houses and streets with lights. Christmas customs are a mixture of American, Hispanic, European, and traditions.
“Find the pickle” tradition is the tradition when pickle shaped ornaments are hidden in Xmas tree, who finds it gets an extra gift. But, nobody knows how this tradition actually started. There are just myths regarding this tradition.
“Decorating Palm tree tradition” is the ancient one. Christians decorate palm trees with lights and ornaments. They also put cotton on the Xmas tree to simulate snow.
Traditional Christmas day celebrations include family gatherings, exchanging gifts, and either a hot meal that includes seafood or barbeques. Ukrainians prepare a traditional twelve-course meal. The youngest child from their family watches through the window for the evening star to appear, a signal that the feast can begin. People invite their relatives and close friends to their houses, the roasted pig is cooked on this day. Song and dance competition is held on this evening. Fruitcake is served in Egypt. Have you heard of King’s cake? This is a popular dessert and is served in New Orleans. Spanish people have a similar tradition. They do topping of cakes with almond, powdered sugar, and fruits.
In England and the United States, children hang stockings near a fireplace or on their bedpost or near a fireplace on Christmas Eve, hoping that it will be filled with treats.
Some people burn a log in their homes from Christmas Eve until New Year’s Day. This stem ensures good luck for the next year. This tradition is popular in Southern France.
Canadians Christmas Traditions are just like the United state. They throw parties, dance together, and cook delicious food. People in Iceland give books to each other and spend their nights reading these books and eating chocolates. Iceland publishes more books during this season.
There are many traditional Christmas songs which are sung on this evening. “Good Christian Men, rejoice” is the world’s oldest Christmas song. Santa Claus is a legendary figure. He brings gifts to children as Christmas Tradition. He comes and performs something amusing to lighten up moods on this evening.