All About Christmas
Every year, in the month of December, people start with the preparations for the grand fiesta. Christmas lights gleam in the streets;
Christmas carols fill the air with melody and rhythm, sweet smell of Christmas cakes and sweets is felt everywhere. Yes! It is that
time of the year again…a time to sing carols! A time to dance to Christmas tunes! A time to make merry with friends and family!
A time for fun and frolic! Gather knowledge and know all about Christmas with Christmas Carnivals.
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All About Christmas
Every year, in the month of December, people start with the preparations for the grand fiesta.
Christmas lights gleam in the streets; Christmas carols fill the air with melody and rhythm, sweet smell of Christmas cakes and sweets is felt
everywhere. Yes! It is that time of the year again…a time to sing carols! A time to dance to Christmas tunes! A time to make merry with friends
and family! A time for fun and frolic! Gather knowledge and know all about Christmas with Christmas Carnivals.
Want to know all about Christmas? Christmas Carnivals is a vast source of knowledge about Christmas. You can know all about Christmas here
at Christmas Carnivals.
The more you know about the festival of Christmas, the more you want to know. Christmas festival is so grand that it is celebrated with great
festive fervor all across the globe by people of Christian origin and also by people belonging to different communities. Christmas festival
commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. People celebrate this festival of Christmas by throwing parties, exchanging gifts, singing carols,
organizing family gatherings, decorating houses and a lot more.
Talking about the traditions followed in Christmas – their origin is not from one particular place but we have taken customs from different places
around the world and mixed them together to form our modern celebration of Christmas. For example, we have taken the Christmas tree from
Germany and gift giving from the Dutch tradition of leaving out wooden shoes for them to be filled with goodies. Whatever may be the tradition, the feeling behind it is same everywhere and that is of love, peace, sharing and caring. Know all about Christmas traditions here at Christmas Carnivals.
There are some people who have a great curiosity to know all about Christmas. If you are one of them, then you have landed at the right place.
Here you will get a lot of information about Christmas – like the history of Christmas, about Santa Claus, about Christmas celebrations etc.
History of Christmas
How the tradition of Christmas celebration evolved?
From the Old English 'Cristes Mæsse' ~ meaning the 'mass of Christ' ~ the story of Christmas begins with the birth of a baby in Bethlehem.
It is believed that Christ was born on the 25th, although the exact month is unknown. It was in 350 A.D., that December 25 was declared the
official date for celebrating Christmas by Pope Julius.
Members of the pagan order have always celebrated the Winter Solstice...the season of the year when days are shortest and nights longest.
It was generally believed to be a time of drunkenness, revelry and debauchery. The pagan Romans called this celebration Saturnalia, in honor
of their god Saturn. The festivities began in the middle of December and continued until January 1st. On December 25th, "The Birth of the
Unconquerable Sun" was celebrated, as the days gradually lengthened and the Sun began to regain its dominance. It is a general pagan belief
that the Sun dies during the Winter Solstice and then rises from the dead. With cries of "Jo Saturnalia!", the Roman celebration would include
masquerades in the streets, magnificent festive banquets, the visiting of friends and the exchange of good-luck gifts known
as Strenae...or "lucky fruits." Roman halls would be decked with garlands of laurel and green trees, adorned with lighted candles.
Again, as with Sacaea, the masters and slaves would exchange places.
Saturnalia was considered a fun and festive time for the Romans, but Christians believed it an abomination to honor such a pagan god. The early
converts wanted to maintain the birthday of their Christ Child as a solemn and religious holiday...not one of cheer and merriment, as was the pagan
celebration of Saturnalia.
As Christianity spread, however, the Church became alarmed by the continuing practice among its flock to indulge in pagan customs and
celebrate the festival of Saturnalia. At first, the holy men prohibited this type of revelry, but it was to no avail. Eventually, a decision was
made to tame such celebrations and make them into a festive occasion better suited to honor Christ.
According to some legends, the celebration of Christmas was invented to compete against the pagan festivals held in December. The 25th
was sacred not only to the Romans, but also to the Persians whose religion of Mithraism was one of Christianity's main rivals at that period in time.
The Church was, however, finally successful in removing the merriment, lights and gifts from the Saturanilia festival and transferring them to the
celebration of a Christian Christmas.
Prior to the American Civil War, the North and South were divided on the issue of Christmas. Many Northerners considered it sinful to celebrate
Christmas since Thanksgiving was a much more appropriate holiday. In the South, however, Christmas played an important role in the social season.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the first three American States to declare Christmas a legal holiday were located in the South: Alabama in 1836; and Louisiana and Arkansas, both in 1838.
In the years following the Civil War, Christmas traditions began to filter across the country. Children's books played a vital role in spreading the
customs of Christmas celebrations, particularly the tradition of trimmed trees and gifts delivered by Santa Claus. Sunday School Classes encouraged
participation in such celebrations. The emergence of women's magazines also played an important part in promoting the festival of Christmas, by
suggesting various ways to decorate for the holidays, as well as supplying instructions on how to make such decorations.
The colors most often associated with Christmas decorating are green, red, white, blue, silver and gold. These colors have been used for centuries
and, as with most traditions, the reason may be traced to religious beliefs. In this instance, green represents everlasting life, red represents the
bloodline of Jesus Christ, blue represents the sky from which the angels appeared, white represents the purity of the Virgin Birth, and silver and
gold represent the richness of God's Blessings.
Santa Claus (also known as Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle or simply Santa) is the source of Christmas presents given
to children on Christmas Day. Conventionally Santa Claus is portrayed as a kindly, round-bellied, merry, bespectacled man in a red suit trimmed
with white fur, with a long white beard. On Christmas Eve, he rides in his flying sleigh lifted by reindeer from house to house to give presents to
children. In most countries, it is said that he lives near the North Pole. He comes into houses down the chimney at midnight and places presents
for the children in socks or bags by their beds or in front of the family Christmas tree.Who Was He?
The year 1841 was a significant year in the Christmas celebration in England. Prince Albert, the German husband of British Queen Victoria,
brought the first Christmas tree in England to the royal castle of Windsor. And just a year later, America too was to discover the Christmas tree.
In 1842, Dr. Charles Frederick Minnegerode, professor of Greek at the College of William and Mary, brought the first Christmas tree to Williamsburg,
A beautifully decorated evergreen tree, with colored lights ablaze is the most beloved and well known Christmas symbols.
The tradition of a holiday tree has been around since ancient times and has played an important part in winter celebrations for many centuries.
Many pagan festivals used trees when honoring their gods and spirits. In Northern Europe the Vikings considered the evergreen a symbol and
reminder that the darkness and cold of winter would end and the green of spring would return. The Druids of ancient England and France
decorated oak trees with fruit and candles to honor their gods of harvests. At the festival Saturnalia the Romans decorated trees with
trinkets and candles.In 1841 the English Royalty help popularize the tree in England by decorating the first Christmas tree at Windsor Castle. Prince Albert,
husband of Queen Victoria, decorated the first English Christmas Tree with candles, candies, fruits, and gingerbread.
Early Christmas trees were often decorated with apples, nuts, cookies, colored popcorn and candles. The invention of electricity in the
early 20th century and use of electrical Christmas lights helped spread the use of the Christmas tree.
Christians celebrate Christmas all over the world. This is the most important and the gayest festival of the Christians. Other communities also
look upon it as a festival of goodwill and greetings.
Shops and homes take on a festive air. Streets and markets go gay with festival wares. Dances, songs, Christmas trees, Santa Claus moving
through the streets with his glittering colorful robes, glowing long white beard and shaking hand with children in the streets form the main
attraction of this festival. Families get together around sparkling Christmas trees from whose branches hang numerous lovely gifts. Christmas
raises everyone's spirit. It is a hue of joy, celebration and festivity.