Xmas, Anglo, Saxons, Nativity or Noel all have the same meaning – Christmas.
Whenever we talk about this festival, It always means for us gift giving, family gathering, Christmas tree, Santa Claus, stocking hanging and so on. But, Do we really know why we celebrate this festival?
There is an amazing story behind this celebration?
About 2000 years ago, In a small town called Nazareth one who lived a young Jewish girl named Mary. She was not married. One day something amazing happened to her that an Angel appeared named Gabriel. He said, “You will give birth to a son soon and he will be called Jesus (the son of God)”. She gave birth to a child in a stable. That child was Jesus Christ. Shepherds got this news from the Angels that there is a Savior who has been born. They all celebrated that night as a festival and thus since that day people have been celebrating it as a festival.
Christmas is a big festival that gives a message of God’s love, sacrifice, love for humanity and salvation. The Christmas festival is no longer limited to Christian people, but people of all the countries celebrate it with great respect and mirth. This festival is very prominent, especially among children. Children wait for this festival with great anxiety. The whole week is being celebrated with great enthusiasm and pleasure.
Xmas tree: As we know on every Christmas people decorate Xmas tree at their homes. But why? Do we know?
Christmas tree is a momentous part of Christmas. This evergreen tree is a Douglas, Balsam or fur plant, which is decorated on Christmas occasion. This tradition started by the Egyptians, Chinese, or the Hybroes people in ancient times as it was estimated.
These people believed that the beasts of this evergreen tree is a symbol of the continuity of life and also evil spirits or negativeness stayed away from decorating these trees in homes.
Santa Claus: Children‘s beloved Santa Claus is a significant part of this festival. He is a symbol of glee, love and helps to needy people. Without him (Santa Claus) Christmas looks faded, everybody knows that he gives gifts, chocolate and fulfills all wishes of the children. But, Do we know, who is he? And where did he come from?
Santa Claus is also known as St. Nicholas.
The Born in Patara, A land that is the part of present-day Turkey, Circa 280, A Christian bishop and famous saint in Europe who lost his parents in childhood and became famous for kindness, helped the needy and children.
There are many folk stories about St. Nicholas.
Once there were three poor sisters. Their father did not have money for their marriage and thought to sell them into slavery. One day, at night, St. Nicholas secretly went and kept a bag of money in there each sisters’ shocks. Finally, Their father got enough money to get married to all daughters.
After that day, every night of Christmas, children started to hang out their shocks with the hope that our beloved Santa will come up and in the morning they will get lots of gifts.
In France, people celebrate Nicholas Day in the souvenir of Saint Nicholas on 6th January because on this day Saint Nicholas died.
Over 75 countries celebrate Christmas on 25th December.
But there is a country where Christmas is celebrated on 6th January instead of 25th December, And the second interesting thing that their children wait for Christmas Witch, for getting gifts.
This country is Italy. The January 6th celebration which is known as The Feast of Epiphany.
In the end, I would say, Santa brings joy, happiness in our life without any reasons. In the same way, We should also try to help people out. We should try to become a reason for happiness for someone at least for one person, for one kid.