Sharing And Spreading Love

Christmas is the most important festival of Christians. Celebrated on Dec 25th, this was the day when Baby Jesus Christ, son of Joseph and Mary was born in the world. The Lord gave the world His own son in the form of Jesus to the world, to sacrifice His life for others’ sins. Christmas is a big festival in the European and American countries. Though the basic festivities are the same, there are small changes in the Christmas Customs that are followed.
The Santa Claus, originally named as St. Nicholas is a mandatory part of Christmas traditions around the world. Parents, grandparents or other relatives in the family dress up as Santa Claus and bring presents to the children of the house. The Christmas tree is another important Christmas custom that is followed, irrespective of the country in which the festival is celebrated. Every house has a beautiful tree that is decorated with colourful objects. Presents hang from these to the children’s surprise. Planning for the size of the tree, the decorative objects and the presents to be hung on the tree is a month-long activity in every Christian household.
The next important aspect that is conducted as part of Christmas traditions around the world is special prayers that are conducted in heavily illuminated churches. Almost all churches conduct a midnight mass where special verses from the Bible are read out by the Father of the Church. At the stroke of midnight, all people who are present in the church welcome Christmas as one big family.
Some of the Christian missionaries keep singing carols all through the night to spread the joy of the festival. Carol Singing is famous in Boston. All American countries have roast turkey for dinner on the day of Christmas. Of all the traditions that are closely associated with Christmas, the one that is particularly followed in England is the dish that is eaten just before the Christmas feast. Porridge made of corn, known as Frummenty was the traditional dish eaten by the English the day before the Christmas. The colours that define Christmas are green, red, gold, white and blue. Green represents the tree, red denotes the apples, gold denotes sunlight, and white denotes purity and blue represents Mother Mary.
One of the most religious Christmas customs is the midnight prayers conducted at churches. Legend has it that Jesus Christ was born during the 25th midnight of December, which is why that hour is welcomed with prayers that exude positive belief and hope. Choir singing is also an important Christmas custom that is followed in churches. Hymns and songs praising the Lord and heralding the arrival of Jesus are considered to bring lot of positive vibrations in one’s life and provide solutions to the problems that one faces. When Jesus was born in a manger, the Three Wise Men who came to visit the baby showered Him with presents. Owing to this, till date, presenting gifts to friends, family and kids especially is considered to be an important custom during the Christmas festival. Countries like Germany, Portugal and Sweden consider the day before Christmas quite auspicious to exchange gifts and goodies.