Christmas, a Christian festival, is celebrated on the 25th of December every year, all over the world. It celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind. Though the actual day and date of Jesus Christís birth is not known, it has been accepted as the 25th of December. With the fusion of cultures across the world, Christmas festivities have become part and parcel of all nations. But the mode of celebration may vary from country to country, being influenced by the local customs and traditions.
Christmas heralds the holiday season and the New Year. In the true spirit of Christmas, people prepare to welcome the joy of giving. Homes are decorated, Xmas trees are put up, gifts are bought for near and dear and the young ones make their wishes to Santa Claus or Father Christmas.
The Christmas Eve sees people flocking to the church to attend midnight mass. Carols are sung. Wishes and gifts are exchanged and families come together to enjoy Christmas dinner. For those who are away from their homes, Christmas greetings Ė electronic as well as cards-wind their way all over the globe carrying love and warm wishes.
In Western countries like the USA, Christmas is major festival. Educational institutions have long vacations, starting a week before Xmas and unning into the New Year, while offices and other work places have at least two days off, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. In cold countries, if snow falls on that day, it becomes white Xmas and children have fun throwing snow balls and making snow man.
All said and done, Christmas celebrations begin two weeks before Christmas Day, an indication of the holidays and joyous festivities to come.
May your Christmas Day be filled with happiness, love, laughter, and all the heavenly blessings.