How Christmas Became the Spirit of Holiday Season?

The most magical time of the year is here. Christmas is just about getting together and spending time with your favorite people. Everyone waits all year to be around the table with family and friends and enjoy sweet delicacies. It is that time of the year when we share creative messages and wishes with the ones who mean the most to us. But how many of us are familiar with the history and significance of Christmas? Picboot is here to help. We have answers for all your whys and hows regarding Christmas.

When do we Celebrate Christmas?

Christmas is one of those few festivals that is celebrated on the same day every year. It is celebrated worldwide on December 25. Christmas Eve is observed the evening before Christmas, on December 24th. The date of Christmas remains the same, but the day of the week rotates. Following are the days of the week when Christmas falls in the next five years.

  • Sunday, December 25, 2022
  • Monday, December 25, 2023
  • Wednesday, December 25, 2024
  • Thursday, December 25, 2025
  • Friday, December 25, 2026

Why do we Celebrate Christmas?

Christmas is celebrated to mark Jesus Christ's birth in Bethlehem, about six miles from Jerusalem, Israel. The exact date of the birth of Jesus is still debatable as there’s no mention of it in the holy bible. According to most historians, Jesus was born in the spring or autumn. When Jesus was born, shepherds guided the flocks outside, which is unlikely to happen as those hills get covered with snow in winter.

Change in the Date

You may be wondering why, if Jesus Christ was born in the spring, we celebrate his birth on December 25th. Well, there are several theories behind it. One of them is Angel Gabriel, on 25th March, announced to Virgin Mary that she would receive a son by the power of the Holy Spirit who will be called Jesus. As a result, Christmas is observed nine months later, on December 25th. As per Britannica, the day is known as the Annunciation of the Lord and has huge significance in Christianity. Another theory that floats around is that Jesus died on March 25th when he was an adult, which made people believe that Jesus died and was born on the same day.

Pope Julius, in 350 AD, picked December 25 as the day of Christmas celebration because he wanted it to combine with the pagan festivals that were being celebrated during the winter solstice for centuries. In 529 AD, the Roman Emperor Justinian formalized and declared Christmas to be a civic holiday.

How do we Celebrate Christmas?

People across countries, religions, and communities celebrate Christmas with the utmost joy and happiness. This is the day when most people enjoy a get-together and a delicious feast with their friends and families. Many families have their own personal Christmas traditions, which add another layer of meaning and joy. Most families attend some type of church service either the night before or on the day of Christmas. Some of the traditions include singing Christmas carols, decorating a Christmas tree, attending church, giving gifts, sharing a meal with family and friends, and, needless to say, waiting for Santa Claus at night.

What Food Items do we Eat at Christmas Dinner?

The staple Christmas dinner dishes have not changed in decades. A Christmas feast can’t go without a turkey. Aside from that, most Christmas dinners include dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, buttered corn, rolls, and Christmas soup. For desserts, one just can’t miss pumpkin pie and cheesecake. Rum cake is another delicacy that is also enjoyed on this occasion.

Is Santa Claus Even Real?

As per Parade, Santa is absolutely real. Santa was indeed an actual person. The idea of Santa came from Saint Nicholas, who was born in 280 A.D. in modern-day Turkey. He was an only child who lost his parents at a young age due to a plague. It made him develop a kind and tender heart toward the suffering of others. In the fourth century, he gave away his large inheritance to the poor, sick, and needy and acquired sainthood.

The celebration of Saint Nicholas started with his feast day on December 6, which is his death anniversary. When early Dutch immigrants moved to the United States, they brought their cultural tradition of celebrating Saint Nicholas Day with them. In Dutch, his name is Sinter Klaas, which was later altered to Santa Claus in English.

Interestingly, the characteristics of Santa that we know today are way different from those of the man himself. The concept of a jolly personality, a loud laugh, gifts, reindeer, and a chimney came from an 1822 poem, "An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas." It is written by Clement Clarke Moore.

Picboot has a collection of free Christmas graphics, design templates, and messages that can be simply edited as per your requirements. The Christmas graphics and messages can easily be shared on WhatsApp messages and also work well as a caption for your snowy Instagram post.

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