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Christmastime is here and it’s the most wonderful time of the year. It comes in December and brings with it all the joys of Christmas: the lights in the windows, the gifts under the tree, cards in the mail and turkey dinners with family and friends.
All year long we look forward to snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and the shouts of “Merry Christmas” to people passing by on the street. We love the joy and merriment we all share at this time of year as we celebrate the Season and spirit of Christmas.
How Christmas Started
Christmas can be a season of great joy, for believers and non-believers. For many it is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength, because Christmas is when people celebrate the birth of the Christ child.
It started long ago as the celebration of the birth of baby Jesus, the Christian Saint who lived 2000 years ago. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event (His birth). There was even a star that stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for the special child.
Today it is still celebrated and even non-believers have a great time at Christmas. Yes, it’s time to start getting in the mood for the festive period.
If you love Christmas half as much as I do then you will most likely want to be getting organized now so you can make the most of enjoying all of December. It is winter so be sure to be ready for it.
We remember wintertime, the biting cold, sullen skies, north wind and chilling temperatures, but why is it that, in reality, it always seems so much colder than we’ve remembered?
We always try to recall the good things about the season: the warm crackling fireplace, the fuzzy thick blankets, the snuggly teddy bear jackets, the lovely things that make the season more bearable and even delightful.
We love all the fuzzy warm items that make the season great – from mittens to slippers to blankets — so here is a list of our must-have favorites!
12 Extras for staying warm:
- Fuzzy Leopard Slippers
- Cozy Thick Bathrobe
- Sherpa Throw
- Flannel Pajamas
- Sport Hybrid or Fur Jacket
- Warm Fingerless Gloves
- Knit Beanie
- Winter Boots
- Fuzzy Red sweater
- Cashmere Muffler scarf
- Cable Knit Over-the-Knee Socks
When it’s cold we can love it still and there are lots of good things to do even if it gets cold.
The Celebration of Christmas
Christmas is celebrated mostly in the month of December but officially is marked as Advent, the lead up to Christmas.
Advent is the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas and observed by some Christians as a season of prayer and fasting. It is from Latin meaning “arrival, appearance,” and the Advent season marks the beginning of the Christian year across many western churches in the United States.
Its length varies from 22 to 28 days, starting on the Sunday nearest St Andrew’s Day and encompassing the next three Sundays, ending on Christmas Day.
These weeks of Advent prepare us for the Christmas Day and it is wonderful to think beyond the usual and have an excuse to enjoy every minute of the festive period.
Things To Do At Christmas
Christmas is very much a time of coming together and most people do it with family and friends. Since we have mainly the whole month of December then we thought we’d put together a list of some great things to do during Christmas Season.
35 Things To Do At Christmas:
1. Send Christmas cards
2. Prepare Christmas pudding
3. Bake your own gingerbread
4. Cover the house in fairy lights
5. Visit a plush department store for festive shopping
6. Go sales shopping
7. Organize a Christmas party
8. Build a snowman (of course, we need snow for that)
9. Make paper snowflakes
10. Visit your Grandparents, parents, relatives (or volunteer to help the elderly in your community)
11. Order your turkey or Christmas Day meat
12. Make your own advent calendar
13. Decorate your Christmas tree
14. Make a wreath for the front door
15. Compile your own Christmas playlist
16. Tell someone you love them
17. Sit around a fire and warm yourself (or feet and hands)
18. Feed the birds
19. Write a list of everything you are grateful for
20. Make hot chocolate
21. Decorate the house with festive cheer
22. Create your ideal Christmas Day menu
23. Kiss under the mistletoe
24. Make some homemade gifts
25. Play board games
26. Make a wish
27. Drive around to see the Christmas lights in your neighborhood
28. Buy yourself a Christmas present and wrap it for under the tree
29. Light a candle and give thanks
30. Put out a brandy for Santa
31. Wear a Santa hat
32. Visit a town or village you’ve never been to before
33. Wear lots of layers and take a winter’s walk in the woods
34. Do a random act of kindness
35. Write a letter to Father Christmas
Giving Gifts at Christmas
One part about Christmas that we all know and love is the giving of gifts. Gift giving is an act that shows you are thankful. Giving and receiving is the purest of reasons to give gifts.
The receiver will truly feel your gratitude when you give gifts, often with feelings of elevated happiness and wellbeing. Usually a Christmas gift is a gift given in celebration of Christmas and they are often exchanged on December 25th (Christmas Day.)
For Christians one of the main reasons we practice giving and receiving presents at Christmas is to remind us of the presents given to Jesus by the Wise Men: Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh. The Frankincense was a perfume used in Jewish worship and so it showed that people would worship Jesus. These were gifts of gratitude and being thankful.
Gift Giving Around the World
People in the entire world practice gift giving and there are various ways they show their traditions.
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.
In North America the morning of December 25 has become the time for the exchanging of gifts.
In Mexico, on days leading up to Christmas, the people reenact the search of Mary and Joseph for a place to stay. Also the children try to break a pinata (baloon) filled with toys and candy.
In India they don’t use the fir as Christmas tree. It is replaced by a mango tree or the bamboo tree, and the houses are decorated with mango leaves.
In Japan, which is primarily Shinto and Buddhist, they celebrate the holiday with Christmas trees and decorations, along with the singing of Christmas songs like “White Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”.
Christmas is a wonderful holiday and a season we celebrate all over the world, with family and friends and also many celebrate it as a day the world is united, one people on one planet.
For some it is religious and others a day of sharing and giving thanks. It can be both joyous and solumn yet everyone shares in the joy and the spirit of this holiday season in a world with so much brotherhood.
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Photo credit: Christmas candles By Micha L. Rieser