Christmas or X-mas is the holy festivals of Christianity. The reason behind calling this festival merry is because it is full of meaning, piousness, religion and all things good. But like everything else, Christmas has a story behind itself as well. Let’s unfold the story.
Traditionally, the festival of Christmas dates back to the 25th December of 273 AD. The festival marks the birth of the creator of the universe- Jesus Christ. According to mythology, 25th December is also supposed to be the date of birth of the sun and the triumph of light after prolonged darkness. It was also said that the day is holy not only because of the birth of the sun but also because of the birth of him who made it.
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The pagan tradition is mentioned in the Luke 1:78-79 which says, “…Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
Initially, Christmas was not celebrated on a particular day. The festival was rather celebrated as a whole season in varied parts of the world beginning from the eve of Christmas- December 24. It then went on to days and weeks until the festival of Christmas was truly realized.
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The festival of Christmas also brings along certain materialistic things that also have a meaning behind them. The most noticeable of all is the conical Christmas tree. The tree is evergreen in nature and is lit with candles thus signifying the eternal life of Jesus. It was introduced by Martin Luther in the Reformation Church which told the world that Christ is alive in all of us.
Another noticeable artifact of Christmas is the candles which say that Christ is the light of the world. Holly refers to the thorns or pricks in his crown. Red color signifies the blood that Christ shed for the world and his saddening death. Gifts around the Christmas tree remind of the Magi’s gifts to Jesus.
There is so much to Christmas that keeps adding to its sanctity. But above all, it is a festival of togetherness, brotherhood and a way of thanking the Almighty for his grace!