“Christmas” is an annual festival related the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian Liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelfth Night, in some traditions, Christmastide includes an Octave. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world’s nations. it is celebrated religiously by the majority of Christmas, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season. In many countries, celebrating Christmas Eve has the main focus rather than Christmas Day.
Also, the mouth and date of ‘Jesus’ birth are unknown, by the early-to-mid fourth century the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, that is the date is adopted in the East. Today, most of the Christian celebrate on December 25 in a Gregorian calendar, which is adopted almost universally in the civil calendar used in Countries throughout the world.
“Christmas” is a shortened, of “Christ’s mass”. it is integrated from the Middle English Cristemasse, which if form Old English Cristemaesse, a phrase first recorded in the word Cristes- mess is a Greek Letter. “Messiah” meaning “anointed, and maesse is the Latin missa, the celebration of Eucharist.
There are those who have determined not only the year of our Lord’s birth, but also the day; and they say that it took placed in
the 28th year of Augustus, and in the 25th day of [the Egyptian month] Pachon[May 20] … Further, others say that He was born on the
24th or 25th of Pharmuthi [April 20 or 21].
Christmas is such a special holiday full of religious meaning, kindness to others, and exciting celebrations.
Many people feel it’s a shame that a celebration this exciting and meaningful only lasts for one day.
For those who think that this is the most important and exciting time of the year, there are ways to prolong the
holiday so it lasts all month
For many people, half the fun of the holiday is putting-up beautiful decorations and twinkling lights. Consider putting up decorations right after Thanksgiving or even earlier. That way they can be enjoyed throughout the whole season. Ask friends and family to help, and turn it into a fun decorating party.
Provide the decorations to be used. Use old ones and add some ones each year.
Play festive Christmas music to enjoy while decorating.
Finish the night with hot chocolate as workers enjoy the beautifully decorated house.
Bedazzle all indoor spaces. Add wreaths and swags to doors, wrap lights around the edges of the walls and hand stockings by the mantle or on the walls. Paint windows with a washable paint to create snow scenes and holiday images. Even a bathroom can be decorated by using holiday themed soaps and hand towels. Outdoor spaces can be covered in lights and the yard can host some holiday themed inflatables.
An advent calendar is a great way to celebrate the holiday during the entire month. Many of these special calendars are still religiously based, but there are also many secular models available. They feature a small window that represents each day of December starting with December 1. One window is opened each day until Christmas. Behind each window is an image, a portion of the Nativity story, a poem or Scripture verse. There are also some available that have small drawers to open where a present such as a piece of chocolate can be hidden.
These calendars help give children a visual to help them understand when Christmas will arrive. Many families use these calendars as an annual tradition.
Consider giving a child or other loved one a gift every day of the month. The gifts don’t have to be expensive or large, but thoughtful and sweet. There are a variety of different gifts that can be given.
- Homemade coupons for a special evening out or a massage
- Tickets to an event
- A candle for a special dinner
- A Christmas CD
- Homemade cookies or goodies
- Homemade cards or drawings
- A photograph in a beautiful frame
- An ornament
- A puzzle
Many families send out Christmas cards and greetings, which is an effective way to enjoy the holiday and remember loved ones. If time is limited, consider sending out an email with a family photo attached. If time allows, write a personal message to each person on the list and send it inside of a festive card. It will not only be fun to send, but it will help to put the recipient into a festive mood, too.
- Sending out cards can be easy and fun if you do a few things first:
- Gather all addresses and email addresses from address books, email, and phone contact lists.
- Have all the supplies readily available such as stamps, cards, pen, paper, and addresses in one place.
- Listen to Christmas music while writing out the cards to create the mood.
- Many people like to host their own Christmas party sometime during the month of December. There are a lot of ways to celebrate with friends and loved ones, such as hosting a gift or ornament exchange. You could also gather people together to watch some holiday films and drink hot chocolate.
Families who really want to make the most of the season should not only host a party, but should make an effort to attend all the parties they are invited to attend. Though it may be a hectic time of the year, most hosts and hostesses will appreciate it if the people they invite make the effort to attend.
Christmas is the perfect time give to loved-ones and those who are in need. Consider baking cookies and other treats and packaging them up in an attractive tin or on a decorative Christmas plate. Distribute the treats to neighbors, friends, family members and those people who sometimes get neglected like the mailman and the neighborhood police officer. Don’t forget the elderly in the church and teachers at the local schools.
Those who don’t like to bake might consider knitting scarves or making gloves for special people or creating one of a kind ornaments for those they love. Additionally, people can gather their friends together to visit a nursing home or to distribute blankets to homeless people on a cold night.
The month of December is often a very busy one, so use this last week of the month to get to everything that you missed earlier in the month. You might want to spend some time with loved ones you didn’t get to see on the holiday itself or deliver gifts that you may not have gotten delivered. Consider going out to look at Christmas light displays around the neighborhood or watching some of the holiday shows that you missed when they aired on TV. Another way to celebrate in this last week is to go out to a nice and fancy dinner or go dancing with friends.