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Christmas in India – 25 Dec 2014


Christmas marks the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, founder of Christianity religion. Christmas or X-Mas as it is popularly known as is observed each year on 25th December across the globe.

The age-old story behind celebrations of the festival of Christmas revolves around Baby Jesus and Mary mother. According to the holy Bible, it is known that Jesus was born to Mary and her husband Joseph, in the city of Bethlehem. The instances from the history tell that Lord Jesus was born on 25th December, in a stable which was surrounded by plenty of animals. Jesus Christ was a messenger of God who spread the message of humanity amongst one and all.

Since then, this day is celebrated as Christmas day across all parts of the world and is considered as one of the most sacred festivals amongst the Christian community.

Christmas Celebrations

On the Christmas Day, people make special preparations. The festival of Christmas is primarily associated with three colours-red, green and golden. Hence, the use of these colours is an integral part of Christmas celebrations. People plant the Christmas tree in their house and decorate it with different ornaments such as Christmas bells, ribbons, flowers, plastic candies etc. Following the decorations, all the family and friends gather to offer prayers to the God who sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to remove all the sins and sufferings. They sing Christmas carols & jingles and make merry. It is believed that Jesus Christ used to give away presents by himself; hence the tradition of giving gifts holds a great significance on the occasion of Christmas. Kids primarily associate this festival with Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas, the Father of Christmas. This is so because children are narrated stories that on the Christmas Eve, a saint popularly known as Santa Claus arrives in every child’s house to fulfill their wishes. Since then, children hang their best socks/stockings at the bedpost in anticipation of receiving their favourite gift.

How to celebrate Christmas at home?

  • Narrate the story behind celebrating Christmas by reading some instances from the holy Bible.
  • Illuminate your home with lights, candles, Christmas bells etc. Involve your children in decorating the Christmas tree.
  • Together with your children bake cakes and cookies.
  • Teach your children some of the famous Christmas carols: “Jingle Bells”, “We wish you a Merry Christmas”, “Joy to the World” etc. and sing along with them.
  • Visit the nearby church with your family and attend the prayers on the Christmas Eve.
  • Involve your children in charitable activities. Let them spread joy by distributing food, books, clothes etc.

Since the festival of Christmas is round the corner, so, use the tips given above to celebrate it with your family and friends.

Wish you a Merry Christmas!!



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