Christmas – A Time to be Merry
Christianity is one of the world’s largest religions. Its most important festival falls on the 25th of December every year, which is known as Christmas. Commemorating the faith of Jesus Christ, Christmas is one of the most joyous times of the year as not only Christians but also people of other religions participate in the festivities that take part in all corners of the world.
Derived from the phrase ‘Christ’s Mass’, Christmas celebrates the arrival of baby Jesus, who was born to Virgin Mary and Joseph, in a stable in Bethlehem. The description of the scenes surrounding the birth of Jesus is known as the Nativity of Jesus. The three wise men, called the Magi, were the first visitors who brought the baby gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
The events that occurred during the birth of Jesus are reenacted by children on the day of the festival. Carols signifying the glory of Lord Jesus are also sung. The Nativity scenes, that are recreated during Christmas, are not the only way that this festival is celebrated.
In fact, Christmas is synonymous with decorations, cakes and puddings, carols and prayers, and Santa Claus! Yes, Christmas season is most famous for the idea of giving and sharing. It is the time of year when people rack their brains to come up with the best gifts for their near and dear.
Before the day of the festival, homes are decorated with lights, wreaths, and the ubiquitous Christmas tree. A popular legend attached to the holiday is that of the mysterious bearer of gifts, dressed in red, Santa Claus, who arrives on a carriage drawn by reindeer to leave presents for children who have been good. Another important part of the festival is the church service that is attended by all on this holy day.
In recent times, the spirit of Christmas has pervaded every part of the world. More and more non Christians too have embraced the festival as it brings so much cheer and holiday fun. Like every festival , Christmas is always a Merry Christmas!