Why Do We Celebrate Christmas?

Christmas“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” – Agnes M. Pharo

Christmas is one of the most popular and wide-spread holidays on the Earth. It is celebrated in all the corners of the globe. For the whole year children and grown-ups are waiting for it impatiently. We all like and try to follow Christmas traditions. But do all the people remember that Christmas is a religious festival? Do you and your magnificent Russian bride know the roots of this holiday?

Christmas is a Christian holiday that is celebrated, on December 25 in Western churches and January 7 in Eastern Churches, in order to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity, to the Virgin Mary as a realization of the Old Testament’s Messianic prediction. The birth happened in a stable, surrounded by farm animals. The child was wrapped in cloths and placed in a manger. Shepherds from the meadows were told about the birth of the Jesus by an angel, and were the first who saw the child. The visitors were followed by a mysterious star, known as the Star of Bethlehem, which announced the birth of a king of the Jews.

This holiday also marks the beginning of the Christmas holiday’s season – Christmastide, which lasts for twelve days. The word Christmas was composed from the word-combination “Christ’s Mass”.

On Christmas many people go to church at Christmas Mass that is held on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. They listen to readings from Bible and singing Christmas carols. Carols are also sung by groups of people walking from house to house. Some people give them money, small gifts or invite them for a warm drink. In many schools and churches are also shown theatrical performances that tell the story of Christ’s birth.

Yes! Christmas is a wonderful and merry holiday, but we should remember its origin. And who knows? May be one day you will be sitting together with your beloved Russian wife near the fireplace and telling Christmas stories to your children.

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