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The Real Sense of Christmas - Merry Christmas


The Real Sense of Christmas





Christmas, festival of birth of Jesus christian Christmas word in English ("Mass on Christ Day") is of a fairly recent origin. Earlier words can be derived from Yule Germanic j orl or Anglo-Saxon gennell, which refers to the festival of winter solstice. Related words in other languages- Navdad in Spanish, Natal in Italian, Noel in French-all probably reflect on Nativity. The German word Vihahinan has condemned "Holiday Night". Since the beginning of the 20th century, Christmas has also been a secular family holiday, marked by a rapid expanding exchanges of Christians and non-Christians alike, devoid of Christian elements, and gifts. In this secular Christmas ceremony, a mythological figure named Santa Claus plays a major role.



Why is Christmas in December?

No one knows when Jesus was born, so why is his birthday celebrated on December 25?


Origin and development

Early Christian Community among the date of the birth of Jesus and the celebration of the celebrated festival of that event. The actual observance of Jesus' birth was going on for a long time. Specifically, during the first two centuries of Christianity, there was a strong opposition to the recognition of Jesus for the birthday of the martyrs or for that matter. Many Church Fathers presented sarcastic comments about the pagan custom of celebrating a birthday, when in reality, saints and martyrs should be honored with their true "birthday", church view on the day of martyrdom.

The precise origination of specifying Jesus' date of birth as December 25 is not clear. The new rule does not give any clue in this regard. On December 25, the first 221 was identified as the date of birth of Jesus by Sextus Julius African and later became a universally accepted date. A comprehensive explanation of the origin of this date is that Christianity of the Davis Solis invicti nati ("day of birth without sun") was died on December 25, a popular holiday in the Roman Empire which celebrated the winter solstice as a symbol. Follow the sun's resurgence, winter casting and spring and summer reincarnation. Actually, on December 25, it was widely accepted as the birth date of Jesus, Christian writers often made connections between the rebirth of the sun and the birth of a son. One of the difficulties with this approach is that it suggests a non-interested wish to make a pagan festival favored by the Christian Church when the early church is clearly separated from the idolatrous beliefs and practices Intends to



Another view points out that 25 December is a primary reason from the date of birth of Jesus, who recognized the spring equinox as the date of creation of the world and the fourth day of creation, when the light was made as the day of Jesus' Conception (i.e., March 25). December 25, nine months later, then the date of birth of Jesus became. For a long time the celebration of the birth of Jesus was celebrated with his baptism, was celebrated on January 6th.

Christmas was widely celebrated in the 9th century with a specific litigation, but Good Friday or Easter did not attain the importance of litigation for two other major Christian holidays. The Roman Catholic Church celebrates the first Christmas month at midnight, and Protestant churches have organized Christmas Candellight services late on the evening of December 24. A special service of "text and carols" reads Christmas Carols while describing the fall, describing the emancipation from fall. The Garden of Eden for the arrival of Christ. E.W. This service, adopted by Benson and adopted at the University of Cambridge, has become very popular.


Contemporary Customs in the West

They do not have any origins in religious or popular beliefs of any custom of contemporary Christmas, and most are from the recent date. Renaissance humanist Sebastian Brant recorded the custom of having the branches of pine trees in houses in Das Narrationsif (1494; The Ship of Fools). Although there is some uncertainty about the exact date and origin of the Christmas tree tradition, it appears that the first cedar tree decorated with apples was first known in 1605 in Strasbourg. The first use of candles on such trees has been recorded by a Sianian duchess in 1611. Advert wreath - Made of cedar branches, in which there are four candles, which show four seasons of the Advent Season - especially in North America is even more original. The custom, which began in the 19th century, but had roots in 16th, originally included an FIR wreath with 24 candles (24 days before Christmas, beginning December 1), but having so many candles on the wreath The strangeity of the number has reduced to four. An analogue event calendar, which offers 24 openings, is to be opened every day since December 1. According to tradition, the calendar was created by the Munich housewife in the 19th century, which was tired to give an endless reply on Christmas. The first commercial calendar was printed in 1851 in Germany. The intense preparation of Christmas, which is part of the commercialization of the holiday, has blurred the traditional liturgical distinction between the Advent and the Christmas season, as can be seen by the placement of Christmas trees in the sanctuary. Well before 25th December. 




By the end of the 18th century, the practice of giving gifts to family members was well established. Religiously, on the day of the feast, the Christians recalled the gift of God to Jesus, as after the arrival of the wise men, or Maggi, Bethlehemgassthye said that Christmas was somehow related to the gift. The custom of giving gifts, which goes back to the 15th century, contributed to this view that Christmas was a secular holiday that focused on family and friends. It was one of the reasons that Puritan celebrated Christmas in Old and New England and succeeded in banning it in both England and the United States.


The tradition of celebrating Christmas as a secular family holiday has been painted by many English "Christmas" carols such as "Here is a message we came here" or "Deck the Hall", as well as in the practice of sending Christmas. Can be seen. The card, which began in England in the 19th century In addition, in countries such as Austria and Germany, the relationship between Christian festival and family holiday has been made by identifying the child as a donor of gifts to the family of Christ. In some European countries, St. Nicholas brings a small gift of candy and other gifts to children on the day of their feast (December 6). In the growing central role of Santa Claus, the pre-Christmas role of Christian Saint Nicholas in North America was changed to the effect of the poem "A visit from St. Nicholas" (or "Tove the Night Before Christmas"). As the source of Christmas gifts for the family. While both name and dress - a version of the traditional dress of Bishop of Santa Claus - reveals his Christian roots, and his role of telling children about their past behavior imitates St. Nicholas, he is a secular person is seen as. In Australia, where people participate in the open-air concert of Christmas Carols and eat their Christmas food on the beach, Santa Claus wears red swim trunks as well as white beards.




In most European countries, gifts are exchanged on Christmas Eve, December 24, in keeping with the notion that the baby Jesus was born on the night of the 24th. The morning of December 25, however, has become the time for the exchange of gifts in North America. In 17th- and 18th-century Europe the modest exchange of gifts took place in the early hours of the 25th when the family returned home from the Christmas mass. When the evening of the 24th became the time for the exchange of gifts, the Christmas mass was set into the late afternoon of that day. In North America the centrality of the morning of the 25th of December as the time for the family to open presents has led, with the exception of Catholic and some Lutheran and Episcopal churches, to the virtual end of holding church services on that day, a striking illustration of the way societal customs influence liturgical practices.




Given the importance of Christmas as one of the days of a major Christian festival, most European countries see Christian Christmas as a second Christmas holiday on December 26. This practice reminds the ancient Christian literary notion that the celebration of Christmas, as well as the Easter and Pentecost celebrations, should be carried out throughout the week. However, the day celebrated at the end of the week had gradually reduced on Christmas day and there was an extra holiday on December 26.




The Eastern Orthodox Church respects Christmas on December 25. However, for those who continue to use the Julian calendar for their controversial observation, the date corresponds to 7 January on the Gregorian calendar. The Church of Oriental Orthodox Communion celebrates Christmas in a variety of ways. For example, in Armenia, the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion, the Church uses its own calendar; The Armenian Apostolic Church honors Christendom as January 6. In Ethiopia, where Christianity has a home from the 4th century, Ethiopian Orthodox Tevahedo ChurchSenbratts Christmas on January 7th. Syriac Orthodox Patriarchies of Antioch celebrate Christmas on December 25; In Church of the Nacetylt in Bethlehem, however, the Syrian Orthodox celebrates Christmas on January 6th with the Armenian Apostolic Church. Congratulations to the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandru on the Julian calendar, the date of December 25, which corresponds to Khiaak 29 on the ancient Coptic calendar.



Contemporary customs in other areas

With the spread of Christianity beyond Europe and North America, the Christmas celebration was transferred to non-Western societies around the world. In many of these countries, there are no Christian majority population, and therefore, religious holiday has not become a cultural holiday. Christmas customs in these societies often resonate Western traditions in this way because people were exposed as a religious and cultural artwork of the West in the form of Christianity.




In South and Central America, unique religious and secular traditions mark the celebration of Christmas. In Mexico, by the day of Christmas, a place is to be found for Mary and Joseph to live, and kids try to break the pianata full of toys and candy. Christmas is a great summer festival in Brazil, which includes picnics, fireworks and other festivities, as well as a grand procession of priests in the church to celebrate Midnight Mass Festival.

In some parts of India, evergreen trees are replaced by mango tree or bamboo tree, and homes are decorated with mangoes and paper wires. Christmas is a Christian holiday to a large extent and otherwise it is not widely celebrated.

Japan acts as a different kind of illustration. Mainly in Shinto and Buddhist countries, the secular aspects of the holiday-Christmas trees and decorations, even singing of Christmas songs such as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" or "White Christmas" - rather than religious aspects .

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