Christmas: Tradition or Religious Celebration

What is magical about Christmas and what are we celebrating on Christmas? It was supposed to be celebrating the day Jesus was born. Though I feel that it’s now mostly about the Christmas trees, the uplifting Christmas songs on the radio, the crisp winter air, the joyous decorations in the neighborhood, the Christmas Lights show, or simply each other’s presence during the holiday.

Maybe it’s magical because we associate Santa Claus with Christmas and he came from a place out of this world. Since I was a child, Santa Claus was just a man in costume we took photos with, and who sometimes gives presents. We never pretend the Christmas gifts are from Santa, and I’m glad about that. Children can have wild imaginations, but personally I’d like to know what’s real versus fiction.

Now, is Christmas fictitious? Christmas could mean different things to a lot of people, that’s true. It became more of a tradition as opposed to a religious commemoration. In some parts of the world where there are no festive lights or Christmas Carol, or cool weather, Christmas could just be as simple as going to church or a day off from work.

To me, it used about the day Jesus was born. One day, I realized it’s most likely not His actual birthday, nor that He would be happy we celebrated him with festivity while he led a simple life serving others. There are information on the internet on the origins of Christmas celebrations, but I have never seen it mentioned in the Bible. Still, we commemorate His nativity on Christmas to remind us that he was once born.

Nevertheless, keeping a tradition of putting a Christmas tree and exchanging Christmas presents creates a merry air in the house. As long as everything is in moderation, meaning to try and not to mix consumerism with Christmas. A happy expectation of something wonderful to come, that is the Christmas Day, is in order.

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