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Merry Christmas to all! (2020 : history , significance and celebrations)

After the tough year that 2020 has been, we all were looking forward for the most wonderful time of the year. It is the time when people across the globe come together and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on 25th December. That day is here now, Merry Christmas to each one of you.

Every year families get together, many people even visit their friends and also have some memorable parties and celebrate this festive season.  Christmas is a time of joy , warmth and hopes. This time of the year is surrounded with the love of family members and friends.

 Over the passing years, this festival has become a lot more than just the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth. This time is now seen to have the spirit of giving, love and affection for others. These are the spirits that carries along with one for the rest of the year.

Even when it is tough this year with the ongoing pandemic and the new strains which are threatening for another lockdown. This festival of Christmas brings joy and hopefulness along with it.

Christmas or which is even known as the Feast of Nativity is celebrated every year on December 25. This festival is celebrated in commemoration of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. This festival has extremely important religious and cultural significance to a lot of people, not only Christians but also for the non- Christians.  

The term ‘Christmas’ translates as ‘mass on Christ’s day’. Although different countries do have different names for this celebration, for example in Germany this day is referred to as ‘Yuletide’. This name have been derived from the Germanic jōl or the Anglo-Saxon geōl. Whereas in Spanish it is referred to as Navidad, Natale in Italian and as Noël in French.

Merry Christmas to all! (2020 : history , significance and celebrations)
Merry Christmas to all! (2020 : history , significance and celebrations)

Since the time back to the early 20 Century the celebration of Christmas has become much more secular and family oriented rather than just religious. All the practitioners of the faith go to the mass which are organised in the church near their place. They also participate in various charity events and a lot of carolling is also done on this day for the glory of the Holy Trinity.

It is a common tradition among the Christian children to perform the Nativity play. This play recalls the story of his birth. Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem which is in the Judea. The birth of Lord Jesus is considered to be a divine intervention.

The exchanging of gifts are done among the family and friends, the houses are decorated with twinkling lights and ornaments and a grand meal is cooked. All these are the modern traditions that are surrounding the celebration of Christmas in this modern era. The festival marks and symbolises warmth and jolly. It is a time when people visit their families and spend their festive time together. Even during this situation of the pandemic, the families are organising Zoom meetings and conference calls and are also organising online dinners to get some kind of normalcy during the holiday season this year.

Santa is said and imagined to live on the North Pole, along with his many helper elves. Each year, Santa Claus looks on for the children of the world and he also gives gifts to all those kids who have been nice throughout the year and have helped other people. He comes riding and giving gifts on his sleigh from the North Pole.

Can you imagine a Christmas festival without the Santa Claus and his red – nosed reindeer – Rudolph? Of course  You can’t. A fictional character which is created by Robert Lewis May.  Rudolph is the ninth and also the youngest reindeer of the Santa Claus. The Santa Claus and Rudolph are every child’s dream and kids across the world are hoping and looking forward for Santa visiting them and giving them gifts and goodies.

Santa Claus’s magic sleigh on which he rides, it is drawn by nine reindeers. The names of those nine reindeers are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and last the Rudolph which is the most famous among them. People say that the bright red nose of Rudolph’s helped Santa Claus guide his sleigh during the cold nights of Christmas Eve. All the other reindeers used to make fun of  Rudolph but this little creature was the favourite of Santa Claus.

Santa Claus also known as Saint Nicholas. He is also known as the Christmas Father. He is a cheerful old man. He moves around in red dress and also has a white beard. Santa rides a sleigh which are drawn by his reindeers and he goes around towns on Christmas Eve giving gifts and granting wishes to the kids all around the world.

This year, during the Covid-19 pandemic, let’s wish that Santa brings good health as a gift not only for the kids but for everyone.

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