Christmas and Christmas Eve 2017
#Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December every year. It is an annual religious and cultural festival celebrating the birth of #Jesus Christ among billions of people around the world. It’s traditionally characterized by tinsel-decorated trees, mince pies, present-giving and a turkey dinner.
Squeezing in a fir tree into your living room, beside the fireplace and remembering the good times with friends and family, being in that holiday spirits while the children look forward to a visit from Santa Claus and his sack of presents. That’s what Christmas is about.
In some countries, celebrating Christmas Eve has the main focus rather than the Christmas Day. Christmas Eve is the evening, or the entire day before Christmas Day, the festival commemorating the birth of Jesus. While Christmas day is observed around the world, Christmas Eve is widely observed as a full or partial holiday in anticipation of the Christmas Day.
Together, both days are considered one of the most culturally significant celebrations in Christendom and the Western Society.
A common thought
Jesus was born so one day the price could be paid for the things we have done that are wrong. The Bible says that all have sinned. We are all born with a sin nature. We do things that do not please God. Through the sins of Adam and Eve, we have all inherited that sin nature. We need to have that removed. The only way is through Jesus.
Jesus came so He could die on the cross for ALL of our sins. If we believe that Jesus died for our sins, we can ask Him to come into our hearts and forgive us. Then, we are clean and made whole. We can know that a heaven is a place where we can go to when this life is over.
The Date of Christmas and the History
No one knows the real exact birthday of Jesus! This is the day that Jesus is said to be born. The early Christians had many arguments as to when it should be celebrated. Yet, in 137 AD, the Bishop of Rome ordered the birthday of The Christ child is celebrated as a solemn feast. In 350 AD, another Roman Bishop named Julius I, choose December 25th as the observance day of Christmas (The Mass of Christ).
- Each year, 30-35 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States alone. There are 21,000 Christmas tree growers in the United States, and trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.
- Today, in the Greek and Russian Orthodox churches, Christmas is celebrated 13 days after the 25th, which is also referred to as the Epiphany or Three Kings Day. This is the day it is believed that the three wise men finally found Jesus in the manager.
- In the Middle Ages, Christmas celebrations were rowdy and raucous—a lot like today’s Mardi Gras parties.
- From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was outlawed in Boston, and law-breakers were fined five shillings.
- Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States on June 26, 1870.
- The first eggnog made in the United States was consumed in Captain John Smith’s 1607 Jamestown settlement.
- Poinsettia plants are named after Joel R. Poinsett, an American minister to Mexico, who brought the red-and-green plant from Mexico to America in 1828.
- The Salvation Army has been sending Santa Claus-clad donation collectors into the streets since the 1890s.
- Rudolph, “the most famous reindeer of all,” was the product of Robert L. May’s imagination in 1939. The copywriter wrote a poem about the reindeer to help lure customers into the Montgomery Ward department store.
- Construction workers started the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition in 1931.