|Category: Society and Culture: Holidays and Observances|
Christmas Day is the most mystic holiday! Christians all over the world observe it with great zeal and zest. It's a very special holiday as all the traditions come straight from our fore fathers and elders.
Starting from november onwards every body is preparing for it. They decorate their homes, town centers and shops with artificial snow paint. The streets and shops are filled with, 'Christmas trees', real or plastic evergreen plant trees, are likewise dressed with lights and Christmas ornamentations.
Shopping malls get more active. Speakers in them play Christmas 'carols', the traditional Christmas Christian songs. Very often groups of people sing these carols raising money for charity. By mid-December, most people beautify their houses with Christmas trees, colorful lights, make different decorations around the rooms. Some people decorate their trees with apples, nuts, and candles as it used to be in earlier times.
In other nations, most people send Christmas greeting cards with many best wishes to their friends and family, and these cards are hung on the walls. Traditional Christmas cards show spiritual pictures - Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, or other parts of the Christmas story. Today pictures are often wintertime pictures, pranks, Father Christmas, or romantic scenes of life in past times.
'Father Christmas' (or 'Santa Claus') has become the face of Christmas. We can see the old man with long white beard, red coat, and bag of toys roaming around every where. Children are educated that he brings them gifts the night before Christmas (or in some areas on December sixth - Saint Nicholas' Day), and many children up to the age of 7 or 8 actually believe this is true. The history of Santa Clause starts with a man called St. Nicholas. He was a Bishop of Myra in Anatolia (now Republic of Turkey) in the fourth century AD. He was very shy, and wanted to give money to the poor people without them aware about it. One day he climbed the roof of a house and dropped a purse of money down the lamp chimney. It landed in the stocking, which a girl had put to dry by the fire! This might explain the belief that Father Christmas comes down the chimney and places gifts in children's stockings. Christmas Origins are far more deep.
For many people it's too interesting to know: how did Christmas start?
Since about 400 AD Christians have observed the birth of Jesus' means 'Messiah', the title given to Jesus. Unfortunately the real meaning of Christmas is frequently buried. It has become a non-religious holiday! More children believe in Santa Claus, not in Christ. Christmas Day is a holiday with eating, drinking too much and watching TV and other activities. But the real Christmas story is found in the Bible. After Christ was born there were some wise men who came to search Him, from an area which is now in either Persia or Saudi Arabia. Admittedly there were three wise men (or three Kings). The story said they had seen a strange star in the sky that told them of a birth of a special king. For bringing in honor to the baby, they brought rich gifts: gold, frankincense (a resin which burns with a beautiful aroma) and gum myrrh (plant oil with a very potent sweet smell). These gifts tell us three important things about Christ: Gold - a giving appropriate for a King, Frankincense - burnt in worship of God, Myrrh - a sign of mortal humanity, used to bury the dead. Christ lived a very hard life. His followers are many in the world today but we have almost forgotten his teachings and are doing the things that suit to our lives. Christmas is the right time to remember Him and do what ever he has taught us and pass it on to our children.