- Christmas History 2022.

Christmas is a Christian festival that celebrates the birth of Jesus. It is typically observed as a religious and cultural holiday by all Christians around the world. According to the bible, Jesus was born on 25 December, which is why the day is celebrated.

The word "Christmas" is derived from Old English "Cristes maesse", which means "Christ's Mass". 

Christmas History:



No one knows the real birthday of Jesus! No accurate date is provided in the bible,  but still why have people choose to celebrate it on 25th December .

The first time Christmas was being celebrated was on December 25th was in 336, during the times of the Roman Emperor Constantine. It was not an official Roman state festival at this time.

A early Christian tradition says thats the day when Mary had been told that she would be giving birth to a special baby, Jesus ( Annunciation) was on March 25th - and it's  celebrated today on the 25th March. Nine months after 25th March is the 25th December , that's the day when christmas is celebrated.


Advent is a period of four Sunday before Christmas (or sometimes it is referred as from the 1st December to Christmas Day!). Advent means 'Arrival' in Latin. This is the arrival of Jesus into the world. Christians utilize the four Sundays and weeks of Advent for preparation and to remember the real meaning of Christmas.

There are three meanings of 'arrival' that Christians describe of Advent. The first, was  about 2000 years ago when Jesus came into the world as a baby and lived like a man and died for us. and The second one happens nowm as Jesus wants to come into our lives at present. And the third will happen most likely in the future when Jesus comes back to the world as Emperor .

Santa Claus:



Christmas is incomplete without santa claus isnt it .

But not many know that it was saint nicholas who is now known as santa claus.

It was believed that there was a monk named saint nicholas, he was a big man with a big heart, 

He would often give away his wealth and possessions to the ones who were needy.

Saint nicholas was believed to be born in 280 A.D, near Myra, in modern day Turkey.

as legends say he was smart kid.  he started reading bible at the age of 5 . There are many stories geniorisity too 

One that stands popular is the one by stands where he saved 3 sisters being sold into slavery by their father by giving them 3 bags full of money .

His story inspired people to give gifts and presents to each other, and it spread across all borders and thats how we got our santa claus.

Santa claus rides on a sleigh pulled by reindeers to keep gifts in socks of christmas tree. The name Santa Claus evolved from Nick's Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch translation for Saint Nicholas). 



Christmas Tree :


In ancient times people believed that evergreens symbolized eternal life because they remained green throughout winter, which led to the foundation of the Christmas tree.

The Christmas tree became a part of Christmas celebrations in Germany during the 18th century and it has been an important tradition ever since. The first recorded mention of the decoration of a Christmas tree can be traced back to 1605 , it was done in Strausberg ,where people hung trees with apples, nuts and "figures of birds". The first American president, George Washington, had a decorated Christmas tree at his house in the year 1793, . which increased its popularity among americans and  Americans started adapting the tradition. Since that time christmas tree has become an important icon of the christmas occasion, and the favorite part of the children too, because they love to decorate it.


- Christmas Song :


The most  popular song in Christmas is the song 'Jingle Bells'. The song was previously named  One Horse Open Sleigh and was originally published, in the USA, in September, in the year 1857 as a Thanksgiving song, it was not planned initially for christmas.  It became associated with Christmas because of lyrics associating with snow in it and bells in it . It was first recorded in the year 1889. Often times only the first verse (and chorus) are now sung. Because The other verses are about driving the 'one reindeer open sleigh' too fast and crashing it!

James Lord Pierpont was the writer of Jingle Bells, the original version had some s different words and different tune for the chorus than are used today. 


Christmas Food:

 


Christmas is a special time to spend with family members and loved ones. It is also a time for people to enjoy the delicious food that they usually don't eat throughout the year.

There are plenty of dishes that can be prepared for Christmas dinner such as .


1) Eggnog Pudding: 

 


The word “eggnog” derives from the word “egg-and-grog,” which refers to a drink that was popular in England in the 18th century.

Nog is an alcoholic beverage typically made with whiskey, rum, or brandy; toasted ground nutmeg; beaten eggs; and sugar.

Eggnog is usually made up of eggs, sugar, milk or cream, vanilla extract or other flavoring extracts, nutmeg and sometimes bourbon.



2) Turkey :


The roasted turkey is one of the most popular dishes served on Christmas.Roasted turkey is a traditional food for Christmas and this year we have prepared some of the best recipes to help you get your dinner on the table. In great Britain, they prepare a roasted goose is preferred instead of However, it is more than just a dish; it has become a symbol of family togetherness and warmth.

The main dish that you would find on every table during Christmas would be turkey, followed by ham or roast beef, while some households may choose to have chicken instead. The main vegetable dish would be mashed potatoes, which are usually served alongside cranberry sauce or sweet potatoes. What would Christmas be without all of these wonderful dishes ?


The roasted turkey is one of the most popular dishes served on Christmas.


3) Christmas fruitcake : 


Christmas fruitcakes are a traditional dessert that is eaten in the United Kingdom and Ireland. They are made with dried fruit, nuts, butter, flour, eggs and sugar.

The variations in ingredients depend on the regional preferences of the people who consume them. The traditional Christmas cake has raisins, candied fruit and nuts. However, nowadays there are many different types of Christmas cakes with a variety of ingredients including gluten-free options.


4) Christmas pudding : 


Christmas pudding was initially started by the British and the Irish people, but later on it got spread widely .

Christmas Puddings are desserts that are made by boiling a mixture of milk or cream, sugar, and seasonings in a deep dish. These ingredients are then thickened with either cornstarch or flour. This can be served hot or cold.

5) Candy cane:



Most people love candies, and christmas has its own form of candies.

The most consumed candy during occasions and holidays is candy canes.

A candy cane is a cane shaped hard candy stick.

They are white with red stripes and are peppermint flavored and are one of the kid's favorite parts of the christmas.


6) Christmas cookie:


Cookies come in different shapes and sizes, but the one for the christmas occasion have unqiue designs Vanilla crescents, cinnamon stars and shortbread.


7) Champagne : 


Christmas dinner is also accompanied by a bottle of champagne or an other alcoholic beverage RUM, but mostly Champagne is used as its more popular like a celebration drink among the west.

Indeed Christmas is a popular festival around the world, and it's traditions and culture, and it's emotional attachment with the history perfectly defines why the festival is so popular and widely acknowledged and celebrated as well with love and gifts.





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