The festive season of Christmas is packed with rich history and traditions. Each year many Christian people around the globe celebrate Christmas with reverence and exuberance.
Many people still enjoy Christmas by embellishing a Christmas tree. They even send Christmas gifts even if they do not adopt the religious view of the festival.
Let’s look at a few of the more famous Christmas traditions with their origins and explanations.
Various traditions are exclusively American. Even though the festival is celebrated by many diverse groups of people around the world, and in several ways.
For example, during the Christmas holiday season, American people watch special programs and movies, which provides them a chance to get into the holiday mood and relax during what might be a stressful time of the year.
A few of the cherished include Director Frank Capra’s “A Miracle on 34th Street,” “The Christmas Story,” “Home Alone,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” While planning your holiday program, continue eating popcorn, enjoy fireside chats, and keep watching these great movies.
2. The Christmas Tree
The first decorative signs, showing that the Christmas holiday season has arrived, is usually a decorated Christmas tree. These trees can be artificial or natural and are embellishes with all types of lights, baubles, garland, tinsel, and ornaments to suit the taste of people.
We are aware that there were mentions of evergreen trees being embellished in Estonia and Latvia around the 15th century. However, the history of the present-day Christmas tree is not inclusive.
It is always a great idea to decorate a Christmas tree for holiday fun. Invite friends to get along a unique adornment and enjoy with music and lights while you decorate the Christmas tree.
3. Candy Canes
These delightful candy treats are dated back to 1670, in Cologne, Germany. The most famous incident is when a choirmaster wanted to silence the children in church, Cologne Cathedral, at the time of their annual Living Cherche tradition every Christmas Eve.
He instructed a regional candy maker to produce what he called as sweet sticks for the kids. He stated that they should contain a crook on the top of every stick, for the children to recall the shepherds visiting baby Jesus.
He also stressed the color white to remind the children of Jesus’ sinless life and teach them about the Christian religion.
Supposedly this trend became popular rapidly and advanced throughout Europe, and various congregations started to give out the candy canes at the time of nativity plays. Also, candy canes are a great alternative to ornaments and bulbs for Christmas tree embellishments in America.
4. Gift Giving
The link between Christmas and giving Xmas gifts dates back to the initial Christmas when the three kings brought gifts for Baby Christ. Baby Jesus was gifted with gold, myrrh, and frankincense for his safety and in goodwill.
Today, the tradition of shopping for Christmas gifts for boyfriends, girlfriends, family, friends, and giving to others for the joy of giving is still celebrated by people at Christmas.
But people do believe that the modern-day Christmas festival has developed into a commercialized and degraded occasion, no longer carrying the original unselfish purpose of giving.
While you purchase gifts and exchange during Christmas, do it in a gentle spirit and treat others the way you would expect them to treat you. One can also send Christmas cake for their special someone in order to honour the Christmas spirit.
5. Christmas Cards
A great way to communicate with family, friends, and loved ones who live far away is sending and receiving Christmas cards. It lets them know that they are in your thoughts, and you are hoping the best for them during the Christmas season.
In 1822, when the sensation began in America, the Superintendent of Mails stated that he would have to hire sixteen additional mail carriers to handle the delivery of Christmas greetings.
In 1843 London started creating some of the Christmas gift cards. These cards were expensive, but most people loved the idea, and Christmas cards are still extremely famous to date.