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Dec 16, 2018

WHY WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL AND HOW TO CELEBRATE?

Christmas, the festival of joy, peace, and enthusiasm, is celebrated
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every year on 25th of December. It has its own history with many of the hidden facts and spiritual significance as well. Christmas is celebrated all around the globe and is considered as a cultural holiday for all the governmental and non-governmental places as well. 

Birth Of Son of God.
Christmas is shortened from its originated from which is "Christ's mass" or "mass on Christ's day". Christmas particularly signifies the joyous birth of Lord Jesus by God, Joseph (father) and Mary (mother) in Bethlehem. Even when the exact date of Jesus' birth was unknown between 7 and 2 B.C. It was estimated to be as 25th of December in the 4th century.
There is a story that defines the importance of the day, long ago nearly 2 millenniums when Jerod was the king of Judea(now Israel), God sent Gabriel, an angel to inform Mary, the to be the wife of Joseph about the birth of the son of god at their place. The angel said:  'Peace be with you! God has blessed you and is pleased with you.' and she also told her to call the son of God as Jesus.
Soon Joseph and Mary got married and lived in the part of Roman Empire and the Emperor wanted to have the list of people in his empire to ensure if the tax is paid or not. And so, he ordered everyone to return to the town from where their family originally belongs and have their entry in the census. For this, Mary and Joseph had to walk from Nazareth to Bethlehem, there were also many lucky people who could use donkeys to carry the goods for them. Joseph and Mary were slow-going because Mary was due to give birth to a child soon.
Finally, when two of them reached Bethlehem it became very difficult for them to find a place to reside as a huge population gathered there to register their names in the census. So, the only place they could find was with animals and this was the place where Mary gave birth to the son of God, Jesus.

TRADITIONS AND CELEBRATIONS
Christmas is celebrated as the birth of Christ. Christmas was celebrated for the first time in the year 374. This celebration goes on for the next 12 days starting from 25 December till nearly 6th of January. The span marks between the birth of the Christ and goes on till the arrival of the three wise men. 
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 Some families celebrate the feast for all the 12 days by planning some Christmas activities for each day but others just celebrate on 25th December and keep other days as usual business days. Christmas reminds people about the greatness of God in the form of Jesus. 

Christmas decorations include:
Christmas trees
Christmas lights
Garland,
Holly,
Mistletoe
With the coming of this great festival all the houses and churches are cleaned and are littered with colorful lights. People decorate their homes and prepare the best feast for family and friends making it a cheerful gathering. There are many activities organized on the occasion which is enjoyed by all may be rich or poor.
Christmas trees made from fir trees are decorated with chocolates toys and lightning making it beautiful and attractive. Christmas Carols are sung this evening to make prayers to Lord Jesus to forgive them for their sins. Christmas eventually brings the whole family together with all the joyous moments.
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It is very well said that – “The greatness of any culture can be found in its festival.” This festival is also celebrated by the non-Christians with cheerfulness and pleasure. The preparations for this day begin from the Advent which is four weeks before the Christmas and the celebrations move on till the 6th of January. This whole season is known as the Christmastide. People start greeting each other before Christmas as Happy Christmas, Merry Christmas, Subh Christmas and more. Many people lit the lamp to symbolize Jesus as the light of the whole world and also people cut cake to celebrate the birth of Jesus in some places. There are many countries around the globe where Christmas is celebrated in a unique way:
ETHIOPIA
HOLLAND
MEXICO
ITALY
JAPAN
Though, Christmas is quite a small festival in India due to the lesser number of Christians compared to other religions. But the eagerness to understand each other’s religion within people shows the acceptance of every culture.

Festivals are to celebrate the togetherness and help to spend time with our near and dear ones. So, celebrate this winter season with light around you to give yourself the reasons to be positive. And, with the greatness of Lord Jesus celebrate this festival of love and togetherness with your friends and family.

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly Merry Christmas”