Christmas is not the Same for Everyone

The Traditional Christmas Holiday is not the Same for Everyone


The Christmas holidays are celebrated by Christians as the day of the birth of Jesus. The holiday season is a time for gift giving and receiving among friends and family.The traditional day of celebration is December 25th.

Holiday customs will include baking, visiting St. Nicholas, sending Christmas greeting cards and the Christmas feast. Adding twinkling lights, garlands and a decorated tree making homes festive and filled with the holiday spirit as part of the tradition.Everyone is filled with the good feelings of this time of the year.

Christmas Eve is celebrated in many countries; in others Christmas day and Christmas Eve and still others, December 26th is celebrated with Boxing Day. The 6th of January is the day the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates Christmas and Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates this day on January 7th. Each faith has their own tradition rather than being based on the actual day that Jesus was born.

The two words, Christ and mass are the origin of the word Christmas. Many of the traditional ornaments are age-old coming from the manger and the giving of gifts to the baby Jesus and the star that led the three wise men.

During the Middle Ages, Christmas was celebrated as a festival. Christmas Day was chosen by King William I in 800 as the day he was crowned King of England.

Reformation era Protestants condemned Christmas and did not believe in the religious aspect of this holiday.

From 1659 to 1681, Christmas celebrations were banned in Colonial America as the Puritan did not approve of celebrating this holiday. The residents of the states of New York and Virginia did not adhere to this ban and continued to celebrate Christmas.

In 1843 a book by Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol” was published which had much to do with the recovery of compassion and goodwill for the season. “Twas the Night Before Christmas” was written by Clement Clark and many short stories were written by Washington Irving restoring the Christmas spirit.

Controversial issues surrounded Christmas during the 20th century as people tried to decide if it was a religious or non-religious holiday. Trying to determine if Christmas being a federal holiday violated church and state laws, this issue was brought to trial many times. Ganulin vs. United States in 1999 was rendered a verdict that said Christmas as a legal public holiday did not violate this law because it had a non-religious purpose. Abiding by the original ruling in 2000 was the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in 2000.The belief among many Christians is that Christmas is becoming too commercialized rather than staying with the true meaning and this is heard quite a lot around this holiday.

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