This is the biggest religious event for the American Christians. Christmas Day is celebrated on the 25th of December. The Holy Child of the God, Jesus Christ was born on this day. Decorating Christmas tree, paying visit to relative’s home and special foods are the actual attraction of the day.
Celebration of Americans on the Christmas Day
There is a lot of ways to celebrate the Christmas properly. The preparation starts two or three weeks ago. Every family create a Christmas tree and decorate it with lights, stars and other ornaments. Turkey is a traditional American dinner of the Christmas. You can find a plenty of food on the table. The most awaited person of the Christmas for a children is Santa Claus. They believe that Santa sends gift to them. Gifting has made Christmas extremely commercialized. A huge part of the income goes for buying gifts for children and food for the family dinner.
Almost every social community and church organize different type of events including church services. Spreading the teaching of Jesus Christ is one of these events. Concert is a common thing among these sort of celebrations. Helping the deprived persons during the Christmas is a philanthropic way of observing the day. Young generation participate with fundraising and providing support to these poor people.
Life in Public
Christmas is an official holiday. Every organization except churches remain closed. Paying a visit to relative’s house is the major thing for every person. They exchange gifts. It may create a temporary congestion of transportation. The system of public transit does not go by their regular routine. Everything comes at a standstill position.
Background of the Christmas Day
The exact meaning of the day is a mass or special service to spread the happiness of the arrival of Jesus Christ on the planet. This birth of Jesus has an important role in the Christianity. There is another reason of celebrating the day. Many people celebrate it as the festival of Pre-Christian winter. To celebrate this festival, they lit candles, trees to symbolize the evergreen characteristic of the Nature.
The festival is inspired by the Roman dynasty. People used to spend the time in partying and making merry. They also exchanged gifts with each other. Scandinavian regions traditionally celebrate a twelve-day long festival starting from the 25th December. It lasted till the first week of January. Burning logs and organizing parties were the major way of celebrating. Americans are influenced by these customs of Scandinavian people.
There is no precise date of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bible. The collaboration of 25th December and his birthday is also unknown to people. The approximate date of starting the day as Jesus Christ’s birthday is 200 AC. Primarily, the day was not celebrated as it is now. The European culture influenced people for such celebration. The culture of partying and decorating houses strongly inspired Americans in the Mid-age.
Till the 18th Century, Christmas was not celebrated by partying or making merry. It was considered as unchristian celebration. In 1840, the celebration was started to spread all over in the USA. After thirty years, it became a federal holiday. The day has become more special since then.
Signs of Christmas Day
There is a various type of symbol and signs for representing Christmas Day. Newborn Jesus, Three Kings and Nativity are the most common of them. Santa Claus, elves and reindeer are also popular signs. Fairy lights and ornaments for home-decoration are common in everywhere. The day has become a commercially popular religious celebration.
When Is Christmas Day?
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Fri||Dec 24||2010||Christmas Day observed||Federal Holiday|
|Sat||Dec 25||2010||Christmas Day||Federal Holiday|
|Sun||Dec 25||2011||Christmas Day||Federal Holiday|
|Mon||Dec 26||2011||Christmas Day observed||Federal Holiday|
|Tue||Dec 25||2012||Christmas Day||Federal Holiday|
|Wed||Dec 25||2013||Christmas Day||Federal Holiday|
|Thu||Dec 25||2014||Christmas Day||Federal Holiday|
|Fri||Dec 25||2015||Christmas Day||Federal Holiday|
|Sun||Dec 25||2016||Christmas Day||Federal Holiday|
|Mon||Dec 26||2016||Christmas Day observed||Federal Holiday|
|Mon||Dec 25||2017||Christmas Day||Federal Holiday|
|Tue||Dec 25||2018||Christmas Day||Federal Holiday|
|Wed||Dec 25||2019||Christmas Day||Federal Holiday|
|Fri||Dec 25||2020||Christmas Day||Federal Holiday|
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