The name Christmas is actually derived from two words: Christ Mass. It is one of the biggest festival celebrations of the year, taking place on the 25th of December. The reason of the celebration is simple. It commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, the savior of Christians and the founder of Christianity.
The exact date of the birth of Christ is unknown, but today it is celebrated on the 25th of December. It is a public holiday, and often offices and business are shut off in advance for the preparation of the celebrations. The festivities usually go on till the 12th day of Christmas. Some of the major customs involve gift giving, Christmas tree presentation and the holding of feasts for family and friends. A number of Christmas myths have developed over the ages and none is stronger than that of Santa Claus. Kids are encouraged to hang out their stockings to receive gifts from an imaginary man, who rewards them for the good deeds done.
Christmas has become a key part of the economic and social fabric of society. A lot of ˜Christmas’ discounts have sprung up recently, as retailers have discovered the true potential of this day. Socially, people tend to gather at feasts and dinners, which is a considerable change from an otherwise busy routine. It is much more than merely a holiday, and is quite an awaited day for Christians and non-Christians alike.
Christmas is therefore the celebration of the birth of Jesus. But more recently, it has become a symbol of Christian unity and faith. It truly marks one of the most distinct days in the Western world, and affects it economically, socially and even politically.