I love Christmas. It is my favorite time of the year, with Halloween following as a close second. I love picking out gifts for people that I know they will like and the looks on their faces when they realize I paid attention however many months ago they mentioned they liked a specific item. One example is the time my sister Laura offhandedly joked that all she wanted for Christmas was a bag full of quarters. So I got her a bag with $30 worth of quarters. To me, gift giving isn’t just an obligatory action to be taken, it’s an act of love, showing the people in your life that you listen and that you care.
Christmas Day is celebrated by millions of Christians around the world, usually on December 25th. It is also a popular holiday celebrated by non-Christians.
Christmas Day is an annual celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Although the exact date of Jesus’ birth is unknown it is estimated to have been between 7 and 2 B.C. with the actual time of year being closer to Spring. The date of December 25th was chosen in the 4th century to coincide with the (more popular at the time) festivity known as Yule.
The popular customs of celebrating Christmas include gift-giving (my favorite part), sending holiday cards (that I write long mushy messages in), Christmas trees (full of ornaments that light up or make noise) and lights, caroling (try and stop me when I start singing, I dare you), a feast and church celebrations.