Now that the festivities have somewhat passed…Hope all of you had a lovely Christmas and Santa brought round all that you have wished for, and even more! With that aside, what does Christmas really means to us?
Christmas is the most popular holiday of the year, having millions travel to see their family, spend quite a bit on gifts, smile, give and share memories together with gifts, decorate our homes and trees, and, last but not least, have a famous Christmas Dinner. Let’s not forget it is a heavily marketed period where we get assaulted with adverts and promotions at every corner!
People love this period for various of reasons such as family, the joy of giving and receiving, but also for religious reasons. All are valid reasons, in my opinion to celebrate. Yet, when one reason is being pushed forward way too much it becomes annoying and even more if it is done so without any background knowledge. I am pointing out to all the Facebook, Twitter and other social media posts with “Christmas is for celebrating the birth of Jesus, hence CHRISTmas” or similar.
Yes, that is true, but it is not why it is called Christmas! And Christmas is not a religious celebration at roots! We merely overlapped the events! You are merely making a fool of yourself publicly because you could not do a quick, 5-minute-search to see the origins of Christmas.
So here is a little lessons in history:
The origins of Christmas go waaaay back before the actual birth of baby Jesus, where many ancient cultures celebrated changing in seasons, or even more specifically, the smallest day of the year, in the northern Hemisphere. That day was coincidentally the 25th of December. It was a day/time/period where, like today, everything shut down for a number of reasons: crops couldn’t grow, the days were cold, most people spent the time indoors.
For example, in the famous Roman empire, the government of that time would shut down for a period of two weeks or so, and, would celebrate the holiday of Saturnalia. When Christianity began, they imported the festivities of Saturnalia with hopes to overlap and attract the masses of pagans as well, which is probably why today we make this common mistake.
Of course there is more to it, but I did not have quite the time for a full lesson. And let’s not even mention Santa… However, I am sure Google is more than happy to help with that!
I do not mind the random reminders that we also celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, it is part of my culture, but please, do your homework if you do feel the need to shove Jesus up others throats. Also, not to forget, it is a time where family should be cherished and always spent time with.