Christmas is a time for spreading joy and creating cherished memories with family and friends. In this blog, we’ll explore heartwarming ways to celebrate the festive season and make it truly special. From baking cookies to volunteering together, these ideas are perfect for families of all sizes. Adopt a new tradition or mix and match to make your holidays special.
and we will discuss the roots of Christmas and explore why it continues to be a cherished occasion.
Decorating the Christmas Tree Together: Make it a family gathering by allowing each member to choose a particular ornament to be put on the tree.
Baking Christmas cookies with your family: Spend time in the kitchen preparing Christmas delights like cookies or gingerbread, and then enjoy them as a family.
Reading Christmas Stories: Start a tradition of reading holiday stories, either from books or as a family, before bed on Christmas Eve.
Volunteering: Participating in a volunteer activity, like as wrapping gifts for a local charity, may teach your children the value of giving back.
Gift Exchange Game Night: Host a fun and interactive gift exchange game night. Choose games like Secret Santa, White Elephant, or a festive scavenger hunt to make the gift-giving experience even more enjoyable
Making Homemade Gifts: Encourage your children to express their creativity by crafting handcrafted presents for friends and family.
Writing Letters to Santa: Help your children write letters to Santa that show their Christmas hopes and dreams.
Wrapping Gifts Together: Make gift wrapping a fun and festive family activity by wrapping presents together.
Singing Christmas carols: Take a walk around your neighbourhood while singing holiday carols and wishing your neighbours a Merry Christmas
Alternatively, encourage your family to come up with a new holiday tradition that you can do every year, such as a special Christmas morning breakfast or an afternoon game tournament.
Why We Celebrate Christmas?
Christmas is an annual event which holds immense religious and cultural significance. The name Christmas is derived from the words ‘Mass of Christ’.
As per record, the first recorded date of celebration of Christmas was in 336; it was during this time of Roman Emperor Constantine, who happens to be the first Christian Roman Emperor.
The most common story around Christmas observation was when Mary, the mother of Jesus, was told that she will be having a special child from the Lord. It is said that Mother Mary got this prediction on March 25 and nine months later on December 25 Jesus was born. This might be one of the theories where December 25 was arrived at as the birth of Jesus and hence is celebrated.
Post this prediction, Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem. Gregorian calendar, based on which Christmas is celebrated today, did not exist during that time hence there is no proof that he was born on December 25.
One of the theories talk about Europeans. This theory states that several centuries ago, early Europeans marked both light and birth in the darkest days of winters. As they looked forward to longer days and extended hours of sunlight they celebrated the winter solstice.
The Importance of Christmas
Christmas is a day of religious significance for those who have faith in Christianity. On this day these people remember Jesus Christ, recall his sacrifices and do a mass service.
In the mass service, Christians remember how Jesus died and how he comes back to life later.
Many believe this day to be the truth of spiritual life. They believe that before the birth of Jesus the world was full of hatred, greed, and hypocrisy; however the birth of Jesus eradicated all the evil things and prevailed happiness in the world.
Christians celebrate this change of world which had happened after the birth of Jesus.
They believe that since he came to salvage the entire humanity of all the suffering his ultimate sacrifice during crucifixion needs to be commemorated.
No discussion around Christmas is complete without a mention about Santa Claus. The mythical creature Santa Claus is closely associated with Christmas and kids are seen waiting for the Santa to arrive on a sleigh and leave them gifts. This tradition has been kept alive to this date and at several places people engage in playing the game of Secret Santa.