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Christmas 2022: Why and How We Celebrate Christmas?

Christmas is the most important festival of Christians all over the world. It is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, who they believe is the Son of God.

Abha Toppo
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The term 'Christmas' comes from the Mass of Christ or Jesus. A Mass service sometimes also called Eucharist or Communion is where Jesus died for his people and then came back to life. The 'Christ-Mass' service at that time took place after dusk and before dawn on the next day hence the Midnight trend started. And this is how we got the name Christ-Mass….Christmas.

History of Christmas

Though there are many interpretations, the traditional story behind Christmas celebrations is that parents of Jesus Christ - Joseph and Mary, reached the city of Bethlehem, but had no place to stay hence they were confined to a stable or shed where Jesus was born. And this traditional narrative is called - The Nativity of Jesus.

Today Christmas is celebrated by people all across the world, whether they are Christians or non Christians. Christmas is the perfect time when friends and families come together, spreading joy and happiness. People and especially children wait for Christmas as it is a time when you get and give gifts.

Christmas celebration (How is Christmas celebrated?)

Christmas is celebrated in different forms across more than 160 nations and among billions of people. Traditionally, Christmas decorations start with - decorations of the house with stars, colorful lights, a Christmas tree, and the Crib.

Christmas celebration is then followed by preparation of cakes and cookies

The main celebration starts with Christmas carols that begins as early as in the first week of December. People gather in groups and sing different songs expressing their joy and happiness, welcoming the Jesus Christ.

Then comes the Christmas Eve i.e. 24th December. On this day, people go to church at night to attend the special prayer service or mass. The timings of the eucharistic mass is different in various countries all across the world. 

The most important celebration is on Christmas Day (the main day), i.e. 25th December. On this day, people again go to church, meet their friends and relatives and have a grand celebration with a big feast. 

The last day to celebrate is known as Boxing Day, which is celebrated one day after Christmas i.e. on 26th December.

Santa Claus bring Christmas gifts

Kids are given special importance in this festival, as they get gifts from their parents, family members, relatives, and Santa Claus, who has attained a mythic status throughout the years. Children eagerly wait for Santa Claus whom they believe will bring presents for them by coming down the chimney and putting them right below the Christmas tree, on Christmas night.

More on this:
  • How did Christmas start?

    The origins of Christmas stem from the pagan as well as Roman cultures. The Romans celebrated 2 holidays in - first was Saturnalia, which was a 2-week festival honoring their god of agriculture Saturn. Second was on 25 December, the birth of Mithra, their sun god.

  • What are the names of the three kings?

    The names of three kings are Gaspar, Melchior & Balthasar. 

  • Do you celebrate Christmas on the 24th or 25th?
    Christmas, is celebrated on December 25 as per the Gregorian calendar.
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