What Is Christmas? History, Traditions, Wishes, Date, Santa, Tree & More

What Is Christmas? History, Traditions, Wishes, Date, Santa, Tree & More

Christmas is an annual festival for the Christian community around the globe and we know it with various names such as Noël, Nativity, or simply the Xmas which is the choice of millennials. This is a festival that is being celebrated not just by the Christian community but also by various other non-Christian communities around the globe and Muslims have great respect for the festival. There's a public holiday for Christmas in many countries and some areas of the world celebrate it as a holiday season celebration.

Nowadays, Christmas is being celebrated as a secular family holiday and for this, many people exchange gifts on Christmas Eve and then the kids sleep with a dream that a mythical figure named Santa Claus will fly to their homes and give them extraordinary gifts. 

History

There's no evidence of Christmas from the early Christian writers and Arnobius claimed in AD 297 that the first Christmas festival was held in Rome in 336 and the rest of the world was still celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ as we celebrate birthdays of our loved ones.

As per the authentic sources, Christmas had no exact date and with the famous phrase "Sun of righteousness" Christan has been connecting Jesus to the sun without having a selected date to celebrate Christmas. However, during the Roman Empire, the winter solstice was the widely celebrated winter festival on every 25th of December so Christmas was also celebrated on the same date and the first record of Christmas being celebrated on December 25 is available from AD 336. With various other claims of year and date of Jesus Christ's Birth, and following the Roman calendar with Equinox taking place on March 25, the Christmas date was selected and it is now December 25 the same date when Romans celebrated the winter solstice.

With several controversies, the Arian controversy contributed to the holiday declination for many centuries and then in 800 people started to celebrate Christmas under the rule of Charlemagne. Later the Puritans banned Christmas all around England but it was a wrong decision that ended in 1660 but people remained unattached to the celebrations of Christmas. After these ups and downs, the new era accepted Christmas to be the permanent holiday in December with planning events, night parties, gifts, and praying for Santa Claus with various other wishes and greetings being exchanged with each and other who respects the festival.

Traditions

Having various addons as a celebration for Christmas, there are many nations who celebrate Christmas even they are not from the Christian communities and this is because of newest ways of celebrating the feast with a Tree, Santa Claus or Gift Giving activities that are the favorite ones and people around the globe showcase their love to their friends and families by arranging dinners and parties for them. However, to observe the realm of Christmas, one should follow the basic traditions that are driven by the Christian tradition and cultural habits. Here's a list of some widely known traditions of Christmas:

Decorations

People celebrate Christmas by decorating their homes with lights and a special Christmas tree. The tree with lights, flowers, and gifts is the worldwide sign of Christmas being celebrated and people around the globe are very familiar with this. We can see colorful decorations on the buildings, shops, and restaurants as well as residential homes, with the use of extra lights people also light up their streets and arrange parties on Christmas eve.

Church attendance

Church attendance is a must for Christian communities who believe in this and they tend to attend a church nearby and start their Christmas celebrations from there. Also, on Christmas day and Christmas night, various Christian communities go to a church and pray for loved ones and also for their on bright future.

Traditional cuisine

As part of must-on-Xmas, a Christmas family meal (in the morning or at night) is the first priority for most of the Christian communities and you can see the delicious dishes such as Turkey, Christmas Cake, Potatoes, and more dishes that families make at home and pour their love for making them extra delicious.

Gift giving

Who doesn't want to share happiness and receive it back? on Christmas day and Christmas eve, most of the people give gits to kids and loved ones. All of them also receive their Christmas gifts too and this makes the day and night of every Christmas a special day and night for everyone. Mostly the kids get excited when unboxing their gifts and they expect to get them from Santa Claus.

Nativity play

Viewing the nativity play is one of the oldest Christmastime traditions and people around the globe still enjoy it. Many church services also feature some classic nativity plays and invite people to enjoy them on Christmas eve and day.

Wishes

Christmas brings happiness and when it's here, people send out wishes to their loved ones and also to the online friends and followers. Here's a list of some exciting and best Christmas wishes that you can send to your friends and family for free:

Merry Christmas Wishes

Merry Christmas Wishes

Merry Christmas Wishes

Merry Christmas Wishes

You can download these wishes, quotes, and greetings to send a Merry Christmas message to all of your loved ones and let them know that you care for them.

Date

Christmas date and time is the same every year and here it is:

Christmas 2020 Date: December 25 2020 (According to Western Christianity)

This will be the same date for 2021, 2022, and beyond.

Santa Claus

There are made-up things such as Santa Claus Parade, Santa Claus Village, Santa Claus Dreams, Santa Claus Help, and much more. But, who is Santa Claus in reality?

Well, Santa Claus is just a character imaged from Saint Nicholas, a 4th-century Christian saint and some people call him Father Christmas, Saint Nick or Kris Kringle, and most of the times just Santa. Kids love him and pray that he will add their names to the list of good kids and not bad kids as the good kids will get beautiful gifts from Santa and the bad ones will get bad gifts.

Christmas Tree

Christmas tree is not just a simple tree, it is the evergreen fir tree that reminds about spring and unlimited memories that are attached with it through years of Christmas celebrations. People decorate the tree to celebrate winters and enjoy more on Christmas by installing lights, gifts, chocolates, and cards on the tree that makes the tree look more of a decoration piece.

What is Christmas in simple words?

Being celebrated every 25th of December. Christmas is a traditional holiday and marks the birthday of Jesus Christ. The word "Christmas" is penned by joining two words "Christ" and "mass" and in simple grammar, it means the Holy Mass or Festival of Christ.

Is Santa Claus real?

Today's well-known Santa Claus is a red-dressed Santa Claus and we can trace him from the Dutch Sinterklaas and the meaning of this name turns out to be Saint Nicholas who was the 4th-century Greek bishop of Myra. It is the sign that Santa Claus is real. But, the Santa Claus we know today is not a real one, it is just a cartoonized character and is just a gift-bearing figure for Christmas to make kids happy and that's it.

What is Santa's address 2020?

If you or your kid wants a gift from Santa or looking to send him a message, you can do it by sending a letter to 123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888 and this is the address of Santa's workshop and Santa will receive the letter for sure. USPS started this service as "Operation Santa" and is currently working on it to improve it and make it worth a while and yes, letters to Santa needs a stamp and a return address.

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