The Top 10 Reasons Why I Love Christmas
The History of Christmas
Christmas is the most widely observed cultural holiday around the world and is also known as Christ's Mass. This day is an annual commemoration for the birth of Jesus Christ that took place approximately between 7 BC to 2 BC. The original date for the observation and celebration of Jesus' birth was on January 7th, according to a historical Gregorian calendar. The Greek Orthodox church was guided by a different calendar, called the Julian calendar, and therefore changed the date of observance to December 25th of each year. Although the exact date of Jesus' birth still remains unknown today, it is still observed and celebrated on December 25th of each year. The Romans began celebrating Christmas during 345 AD with feasts, music, and festivities. Other countries began celebrating at later dates. To date, over 2 billion people around the world celebrate this holiday on December 25th of each year.
Evidence states that on the day of Jesus Christ's birth, there were angels, shepherds, and people from other countries that traveled to see the newly born baby boy. They followed the North Star as a navigation tool to locate where baby Jesus was. As he laid in a manger with Mary and Joseph by his side, the traveling guests arrived bearing gifts for the child. Some did not have physical gifts for the newborn baby Jesus, so they played music for him instead. There are numerous Christmas songs and biblical stories that emphasize those facts. On December 25th of each year, many people all across the world will come together to celebrate Christmas with traditions.
The Reason for the Season
Christmas festivities are celebrated each year in many different ways around the world, varying by country, religion, and culture. There are many historical Christmas traditions that are followed by many different people around the world, while new traditions are being created each year. Every culture and every family has their own unique Christmas traditions that they follow each and every year, which is what makes them a tradition. Christmas traditions are usually followed for generations and were started by previous generations. New traditions are being created each year that will continue to be followed for future generations to come. Some of the most popular American Christmas traditions include:
- Decorating for Christmas, especially outside.
- Purchasing a Christmas tree, real or fake/big or small.
- Sending Christmas cards, sometimes with Christmas pictures.
- Christmas gift exchanging, like games such as Left or Right or White Elephant.
- Leaving milk/eggnog and cookies out for Santa, then checking in the morning to see if they are gone.
- Hanging Christmas stockings, usually by the fireplace.
- Opening one small Christmas present before bed on Christmas Eve.
- Attending mass on Christmas Eve or Day, which is usually lengthy since there is more to celebrate.
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The 10 Top Reasons Why I Love Christmas
There are many different reasons why Christmas is so special and why I love Christmas. This holiday is the most unique of it's kind and is highly popular with adults as well as children. Out of all of the reasons why I love Christmas, I chose to make a list consisting of only of the top 10 reasons as my way of getting into the Christmas spirit and to prepare for the Christmas holiday. Christmas only happens one time per year, so each year should be a special holiday and a time to make special memories.
1. The Meaning.
The first reason why I love Christmas isn't about the decorating or the gift giving, it's about the real meaning of Christmas. Christmas has a real meaning and the real meaning of the Christmas holiday is about celebrating and honoring the sacred birth of our Lord and Savior. Mary was married to Joseph, the 11th son of Jacob when an archangel named Gabriel came to her one night and informed her that she was chosen by God to become the mother of Jesus Christ. Through immaculate conception by the Holy Spirit, she gave birth to a child that would spread the word of the gospel and later be crucified on a cross to save the world from their sinful ways. The Christmas holiday is to remember the time when Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, Judea. Many Christmas songs depict this moment in time as a way to remember and incorporate the real meaning of Christmas. This is also a special holiday in other countries and cultures as well.
2. The Representation.
Christmas traditions demonstrate the real meaning of Christmas. Since the real meaning of Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ, there are many different elements of Christmas traditions that represent this fact. The American Christmas traditions that represent the real meaning of Christmas can include:
- The Christmas tree represents the world during the time of Jesus's birth. The Christmas tree is usually an evergreen conifer that is spruce, pine, or fur. Sometimes the Christmas tree can also be artificial, usually made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The Christmas tree is decorated with festive lights, garland, bulbs, and other Christmas décor.
- The Christmas lights that decorate the Christmas tree represent the stars that shined bright in the world during the time of Jesus' birth.
- The star on top of the Christmas tree represents the earth's largest star, called the North Star. The star on top of the Christmas tree is also known as a tree topper. The North Star is what guided the shepherds and people to the place where Jesus was born so they could see him and bring him gifts.
- The Christmas bulbs that decorate the Christmas tree represent the villages that existed during the time of Jesus' birth. Shepherds and people who lived in those villages traveled near and far to visit the newborn baby Jesus.
- The Christmas presents that are exchanged during Christmas represent the gifts that were brought to baby Jesus. These were special gifts that the shepherds and the people from the different villages brought to the newborn baby. The gifts were to show appreciation, acceptance, and love for the baby.
3. Christmas Snow is Priceless.
Where I live, it does snow at Christmas time. The snow means that the earth is cleansing itself for a new year and for new life to begin. Playing in the snow is very fun, by having a snowball fight or building a snowman. The snow can remind people that it really is Christmas and the winter season. The snow looks amazing during the day, as it glistens in the sun like white glitter. The snow also brings in a cold breeze, with a special chill in the air that can only be experienced during Christmas time. Not everyone can experience snow for Christmas, but I would recommend that everyone see snow for Christmas at least once during their life. It is a great feeling and makes Christmas even better. There's nothing like going outside on Christmas morning with the smell of fresh Christmas snow and fireplaces burning.
4. Christmas Eggnog, Spiked or Not.
Eggnog is a sweetened dairy-based seasonal beverage that is traditionally made with milk and/or cream, sugar, and whipped eggs (which gives it a frothy texture). Spirits such as brandy, rum or bourbon are often added for alcohol content. The eggnog is often garnished with a sprinkling of fresh ground cinnamon or cinnamon stick with a dash of nutmeg. Eggnog can be found in the grocery store, in the milk section, but only during Christmas time. Eggnog can be served hot or cold. Eggnog is definitely a reason why I love Christmas because it tastes like Christmas if it had a taste. When I see eggnog in the grocery store, I know that Christmas is right around the corner. Eggnog for Christmas is a tradition in my family.
5. Christmas Dinner Brings Family and Friends Together.
This elaborate holiday feast only happens once a year and is the most special dinner of the year, other than Thanksgiving. Family and friends from all over the world gather at one table, with Christmas chatter and laughter to fill the air. There are always traditional Christmas foods that are prepared using seasonal recipes and even the leftovers are popular. Many people will spend hours and sometimes days in the kitchen to prepare for a Christmas dinner. Some of the most common foods for Christmas dinner are:
- Turkey or Ham
- Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Green Bean Casserole
- Dinner Rolls
- Cranberry Sauce
- Pies, Cakes, Cookies
6. A Kiss Under the Mistletoe Only Happens During Christmas.
The history of mistletoe can be traced back to the Greeks. Certain varieties of mistletoe are poisonous and ingesting their toxic white berries is known to cause a variety of stomach problems. Some poison control centers send out "holiday safety" fliers every year to avoid such mistletoe incidents. Mistletoe, a relative of sandalwood, attaches itself onto other trees to steal its host's water and nutrients. Unlike sandalwood, however, mistletoe seeds are dispersed by berry-eating birds, which allows the plant to grow on branches high above the shade, freeloading on other trees' sunlight. Mistletoe has been called a symbol of virility. Since mistletoe can be harmful, it is tradition to kiss under it. This only happens at Christmas.
7. Scented Candles.
The different scents of Christmas always remind me of when I was a child, awaiting Christmas morning. Candles are an important aspect of Christmas, but the scented Christmas candles are unique. The candles really do smell like Christmas, from the scent of the Christmas tree to the aroma of goodies baking. Christmas candles are also available in very vivid Christmas colors, like deep green and bright red. Having some scented Christmas candles burning all day for Christmas Day can help to brighten the Christmas spirit since smells do affect the brain and memories. Christmas candles are usually only sold during Christmas time, which is why Christmas candles are another favorite thing about Christmas. They can only be purchased during Christmas time, then return the following winter.
8. The Colors.
There are certain colors that are highly popular during the Christmas season. The colors of Christmas are found everywhere from Christmas decorations to Christmas wrapping paper and even festive clothing. These colors appear throughout the year, but Christmas is the main time when these colors are seen the most. The main colors of Christmas are:
- Red and Green
- Silver and Gold
- White and Blue
- Purple and Pink
9. Santa Clause Is Coming To Town!
Santa Clause, also known as Saint Nicholas or Father Christmas, is a mythical and fictional tradition that many children outgrow, but believing in Santa is fun for everyone of all ages. Santa Clause was said to bring presents to all of the good girls and boys on the night before Christmas. He is depicted in many books, movies, and cartoons as a chubby man that is dressed in red and white with black boots. His cheeks are rosy red and his belly shakes like a bowl full of jelly when he laughs. He always says "Ho, ho, ho. Merry Christmas." His method of transportation is his famous sleigh with his eight reindeer. Santa Clause can be found at any local mall during the Christmas season for pictures to be taken.
10. The Music, Movies, and Books.
There is certain entertainment that can only be found and enjoyed during the Christmas season. Beginning right after Thanksgiving, Christmas music is played everywhere, like the radio, in stores, and on television. Christmas carols are sung around neighborhoods and in shopping centers. New Christmas movies are shown in theaters and while the classics play on television. Christmas books and cookbooks are sold in grocery stores and in bookstores. Sometimes it seems like there is no escaping Christmas entertainment because it is everywhere but that is what makes the season more festive.
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