Whats your meaning of Christmas? How do you celebrate in your Country/culture?

Whats your meaning of Christmas? How do you celebrate in your Country/culture?
It is that time of year again the festive season and we all rushing about also looking for deals. A time where Toy merchants are making their money with toys sales and much more. But sure toys are great for the children and time we spend with a family over the holiday period but what is the meaning the true meaning of why we have this special day. When I say true meaning am I on about presents, trees and decorations and why would we have an angel on top of the tree. The true meaning of Christmas is celebrating the birth of Christ yes remember at school the baby Jesus this is what the meaning is. When the archangel Gabriel came and told Virgin Mary that she would give birth to a baby called Jesus.

Which also an angel came to speak to Joseph and which in his dreams told him, he would indeed be Jesus father. The angels then appeared up in the sky over the city of Bethlehem. They appeared above and announced the birth of Christ 'Jesus'. But also this can be a great indication of why the angels are then placed on top of our Christmas trees, as in the story angels were up high looking down this is why we put them on top of our trees.

Different cultures may have different views and opinions about what they do or believe about Christmas. I am in the UK and in the UK we can go to church Christmas eve night before Christmas. This is normally midnight on Christmass eve (Mass) we call it. I think most countries also celebrate this, and then we have Santa Clause we all know him with is big red suit who brings the presents by delivering them worldwide on Christmas Eve while the children sleep ready for Christmas morning.

Different cultures have different names for Santa Clause, like Father Christmas, Saint Nick and Saint Nicholas there are few beliefs and different ways of which Santa works. So where ever you are and whatever your beliefs how do you celebrate Christmas time ...

Comments

Pixie
I love Christmas as this a time for the whole family to get together and have some fun. It is also that period of the year where everyone seems to be happy. In my country, we often have massive sales on the eve of Christmas and you will find most people rushing to the shops. I volunteer for a charitable organization and each year for Christmas we go to visit poor children. We often have lunch with them after which we give them their gifts.
Posted by Pixie on 11-24-2017
Mehano
Well, Christmas is obviously related to Christianity but even though I'm an atheist we do celebrate it. We just do what most countries do. We all gather up as a family and have a nice big Christmas lunch where we relive the past years, the memories, in the end, we give each other presents and then that's it.

We set the tree up a few weeks before Christmas.
Posted by Mehano on 11-24-2017
iamawriter
I have come to a stage where I no longer search for the meaning of Christmas. It is a season to be jolly and being jolly for me is to prepare sweets at home, do up the house, play carols and last but not the least spend a day with the less privileged by throwing a party for them.
Posted by iamawriter on 11-24-2017
vinaya
I am a Hindu, therefore, I don't celebrate Christmas. I live in a country with a predominantly Hindu population. More than 80 percent of the total population are Hindus, the second largest population by faith is Buddhist, third is Muslims. The Christains come fourth, thus, Christmas is not very popular here. However, the country is a secular state and Christmas is a national holiday.
Posted by vinaya on 11-24-2017
lovely
As a Christian Christmas is celebrated as the birthday of Jesus Christ.We Christian believes our lord and personal Saviour was born in this period and we set aside 25th of every year to celebrate his birthday. it always a day of merriment, visitation, exchange of gift and show of love towards one another.
Posted by lovely on 11-24-2017
potentialwriter
Christmas is known as a festival celebrated by Christians in the whole world to mark the birth of Jesus Christ. It is usually celebrated around December, usually on 25th December of every year in all countries of the world. Christmas is a kind of celebration that was not specifically mentioned anywhere in the scripture for Christians to be observing. The Bible rather specified that the Lord's supper should be celebrated in His remembrance till He returns. Those who observe and celebrate Christmas are not sinning, but are just doing the unnecessary without knowing.
Posted by potentialwriter on 11-25-2017
vinaya
I did not know that Christmas was not mentioned in the Bible. If the festival is not mentioned in the Bible, how did the Christians end up celebrating Christmas? Did they burrow the celebrations from other cultures and made this their own? I guess the original meaning of festivals are being forgotten.
Posted by vinaya on 12-26-2017
Corzhens
The Christmas season is the longest celebration in our country. Christmas decorations are up early in November, they are visible in commercial establishments particularly malls and even the streets are decorated with lights. Christmas carols can be heard almost anywhere, in malls and in offices as well. Some houses are fully decorated already at this time. Christmas is actually a reminiscing for me of my childhood days, the best years of my life. And as a thanksgiving, I see to it that gifts are in order even if I have to spend all my money to buy gifts for my family, relatives and friends.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-25-2017
Tania997
Christmas here in Italy is just like any other holiday, with the exception of good sales and the Christmas tree. Since a lot of people here are catholics, the story behind it is pretty much the same. Being an atheist, I don't mind Christmas but I won't go out of my way to celebrate it. It's a good time to be with the people you love though.
Posted by Tania997 on 11-25-2017
Rhodolite
I don't celebrate it. It completely has lost all of its supposed original meaning here in favor of greed. Besides, culturally speaking the beliefs of my ancestors don't match with Christianity as a whole so it's moot point to me anyhow. Those that celebrate have fun with your family- I'll rack up holiday hours and over time instead.
Posted by Rhodolite on 11-25-2017
Sue
I love Christmas. It is my favorite time ofnthe year. Christmas is about spending time with family and friends and for making wonderful memories. Christmas has become very commercialized and I find that sad. Of course for Christians Jesus is the reason for the season so going to church is a huge part of the holiday season.
Posted by Sue on 11-25-2017
foxchannel
Christmas Day is a happy day but no extravagant fanfare. In accordance with tradition, we put up a lovely Christmas tree. Perhaps some gifts will be under the tree on Christmas Day (if we can afford them). Gifts or no gifts, a wonderful meal is prepared and eaten with family. We play games, have lively discussions with each other, and maybe watch a holiday movie. It's a spirit of joy and thankfulness because we recognize that we've almost made it through another year and hope to be celebrating New Year's Day.
Posted by foxchannel on 11-26-2017
Zyni
I celebrate the birth of Jesus. I know, many people will huff that it's not the real date of His birth, but it's still the day that we celebrate it. I believe in the Reason for the season.

I have fun with all the shopping and wrapping, giving and receiving gifts, having nice meals and treats, but there is a greater purpose. Oh come let us adore Him.
Posted by Zyni on 11-28-2017
potentialwriter
Christmas is a kind of festival marked and celebrated by the world Christians to remember the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is a yearly celebration that is observed by Christians or lovers of Christ and marked towards the end of every year. People love this festival and would love to celebrate it every year just to be happy together. Christmas time is quite a beautiful time that everybody wants to celebrate yearly and a time when people would love to meet with friends and families in order to create some fun.
Posted by potentialwriter on 11-29-2017
Barida
Truly a time when we want to meet with friends and family members especially those we've not seen for quite a long time now. It is truly a time to relax and have fun with our loved ones.
Posted by Barida on 12-07-2017
wiseagent
Well... Christmas around here we have a real banquet (the food is simply delicious... it's definitely the best time of the year, haha) with the family around the table. is an idea time to try to reunite the maximum of relatives who live far away and in this way, kill a little of homesickness.
Posted by wiseagent on 11-30-2017
Barida
Christmas, in my understanding, is all about the period when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who is the son of the father, and a time we take some time off to visit the village or relax with friends and families in celebration of the good year we had. So, for sure, it is a happy period in which we enjoy every moment.
Posted by Barida on 12-07-2017
JoeMilford
Christmas in America, in my opinion, has been really twisted up by capitalism morays, but it is still a wonderful time of year. We celebrate it by getting together with family and friends and eating good meals, telling stories, and enjoying one another's company. We do exchange gifts and try to catch up on each other's lives because Christmas is a time of year when only some people come around, and then you do not see them again until the following year after. The best part of Christmas is being around people who you love, and as long as everyone remembers that, then the holiday has a special meaning.
Posted by JoeMilford on 12-09-2017
Wubwub
Christmas here really isn't that much different from how it is in other countries. For the most part, families just come together and eat a lot and exchange gifts. My own family has a bit of its own traditions though as we don't really celebrate fully until the new year, but I think it just evolved into that. Back then I remember we used to celebrate on the day itself mostly. Either way, we mostly just eat a lot and I am assuming that is similar to how others around the world celebrate as well.
Posted by Wubwub on 12-09-2017
kgord
We celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmastime. This is one of the things that people tend to forget about it. This is one of the options that we are looking for. It is just unfortunate that we seem to have lost sight of this in American society.
Posted by kgord on 12-12-2017
blank629
When christmas is coming, we start to decorate our house with christmas lights and christmas trees. We also start to buy what we need for christmas to avoid christmas rush. We play songs almost everyday about christmas. We also attend church in 9 straight days believing that our wish will be granted.
Posted by blank629 on 12-13-2017
potentialwriter
Christmas is deliberately marked and celebrated all over the world by Christians to mark and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Church leaders understand that this is not found anywhere in the Bible, but just do it to make it lively and interesting. So, doing it isn't a sin. It's just a matter of deliberately doing something to suit a desire.
Posted by potentialwriter on 12-17-2017
potentialwriter
Christmas is a kind of memorable occasion whereby you refresh yourself and have lots of fun with your people who have decided to spend some quality time together with you. People have done their thorough research about the birth day of Jesus christ, but when they couldn't find the exact date, it was agreed upon by Christians across the world to fix 25th December of every year in as much as the season of the birth of Jesus was around the cold one.
Posted by potentialwriter on 12-17-2017
ColdFlameChris
I think Christmas is the holiday where all of you reunite again and together celebrate it with fun and with a feast. It's the birth of our Jesus Christ who does everything in order for us to be saved and for us to be reunited so we gather during Christmas as a sign of remembering Jesus Christ's sacrifices. I do celebrate it in complete attendance and with fun and games before Christmas Eve and then once the 12 MN strikes, that's the time that we give and open our presents and then feast to all the foods that are on the table. Truly a wonderful event to experience and a much-awaited every year.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 12-27-2017
mar06
For me it is the annual Christian celebration of festival where they celebrate Christ's birth and held ever twenty and fifth day of the month of December. And during Christmas season, we gather all my family and have some delicious food to eat and also to pray about Jesus Christ.
Posted by mar06 on 01-13-2018
MomoStarr16
Yes it is what Christian like me celebrates. Even though it is not the exact date, we still just commemorate that our Savior really lived with us.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-11-2018
JMS
Before Jesus was born, the winter equinox was celebrated as the birth of Horus. He was the son of Isis and Osiris. He was also born of a miracle as his father had recently died and his mother had yet to conceive. She conceived by Osiris's seed brought about by magical words. Prior to Mary and Jesus, there were statues of Isis holding the baby Horus. Then Jesus came and the religion of the ancient Egyptians died out. Most of the Christian rituals are brought about by old pagan rituals.
Posted by JMS on 01-15-2018
anahbello1206
Right now Christmas for me is spending time with my loved ones. To cherish them and be thankful for everything that has happened in my life good or bad and t o be thankful for the savior who redeemed my soul.
Posted by anahbello1206 on 02-05-2018
cubo
I live in Venezuela so, we celebrate Christmass starting the December 24th. If there are children in the house, we send them to sleep before 12:00 am or, someone in the family distracts them while another member of the family put their gifts dow or near of the Christmass tree. If they went to sleep, they open their gifts the next morning but, if they were distracted, they open their gifts right after that (this is what mostly happens). The grown-ups people bring together to talk, to play, to share stories, etc. Sometimes we visit some relatives, other times they visit us. On the table, there are always traditional meals like Hallacas, Pan de Jamon, chicken salad, pork leg, cookies and a cake.
Posted by cubo on 03-04-2018
Denis_P
For the most part, I celebrate Christmas in a very secular sense. I can acknowledge it as the day of birth of a very wise and compassionate man, Jesus Christ, but I do not treat it as a day of worship. For me, it is a day to exchange gifts and spend time with your loved ones. To share a dinner together and reflect on the importance of family and friendship. Besides that, it is also a holiday to welcome and celebrate the arrival of the Winter season.
Posted by Denis_P on 03-14-2018
MomoStarr16
Christmas is one of the most loved holiday in our family. One of the reason is that we are be with our family to enjoy something together. It is a day to celebrate things together and that is so enjoyable.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-11-2018
junrose123
Christmas for me as what I learned form my younger days that it was the time of birth of our beloved Jesus Christ. Christmas for me was a very significant one because this is the time were most of my family and relatives are reunited. It feels great to know that a family is complete and celebrating the Christmas with full of joy and happiness.
Posted by junrose123 on 04-11-2018
junrose123
Christmas is a very long months of celebration for the birthday of our lord Jesus Christ since we have many beer months out there. I love to see those beautiful lanterns and Christmas light at night. Many children are doing some caroling every night at start of December 16 - 24th day of the month which is really great because it is full of singing and people are everywhere that is the spirit of Christmas for me. It is one of the best month that I love during the whole year and it is definitely the December month.
Posted by junrose123 on 04-17-2018
hermessantos
At Christmas, we celebrate God's visit to our land, our home, and our heart. To celebrate Christmas, for Christians, is to celebrate the truth that God has become close to us, better, God became one of us, made our brother and with us always walks. For He came into our story to never leave it again. On the contrary, God became part of our history to transform it into joy and hope. At Christmas, God, able to do whatever he wants, without limiting himself to time or anything else, chose to limit himself to the conditions of a poor boy, without even having a place to be born worthily. He became man without ceasing to be God to communicate to us His infinite love that makes all things new. This is why Christmas is a time of hope and fulfillment of dreams: we see in the crib the fulfillment of God's dream of saving us, through His love, a life locked in our selfishness, limitations and death. It gives us the greatest gift: a life full of meaning!
Posted by hermessantos on 04-17-2018
jaymish
I absolutely love christmas, in my opinion it is the best time of the year. I love going around my city looking at all the christmas decorations. Life is just bright and happy, everyone is celebrating and laughing and loving.For me Christmas is not commercial its not about what you get or what you buy. Its about life slowing down and celebrating with family and friends. i stop working a week before christmas. I spend that week visiting and socializing with friends. I plan my Christmas day from breakfast, lunch and dinner. On Christmas we have a party and celebrate Jesus birthday.
Posted by jaymish on 09-07-2018
jeffreyjose48
Christmas is celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Here in the Philippines every December 25 had been declared as a national holiday in order to celebrate his birth. Almost all homes and offices has Christmas decorations.
Posted by jeffreyjose48 on 09-09-2018
mark86
Christmas in the Philippines is the most long christmas celebrations in the world. It started in September and it ends in January the next year. As early as September,people started arranging their christmas decorations like christmas tree and christmas lights. They also started playing christmas jingles and carols in their music player. I would say that christmas in my country is the best christmas celebrations ever.
Posted by mark86 on 09-25-2018
mdayrit
Christmas in our country is about family. It is a gathering where everyone wants to be with their family and not being able to celebrate it with them felt like something is missing. Christmas is where each family goes to church to celebrate Christ birthday and Eat together simple meals prepared during "Noche Buena".
Posted by mdayrit on 09-27-2018
nrnlss
I don't believe in Christmas since I am an agnostic, however my parents are really religious (ironic isn't it?) and they are big in celebration so before Christmas we buy ingredients and ready to eat food for "noche buena" and cook it, we also wait until 12am to and called it "sugat sa pasko"
Posted by nrnlss on 10-18-2018
cmoneyspinner
My Xmas celebrations are the typical traditions: Christmas tree, gifts, holiday meal, etc. These additional comments are sort of related to this discussion. There is an old movie which starred Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. It's one of my favorite movies. My husband likes to watch Indian movies. I have noticed that some of the Indian movies are a “version” of the American movies. Of course because of culture differences there are certain changes that are made to suit the viewing audience. I noticed this particular Indian movie had a familiar plot. As I continued to watch it, I said to my husband is an Indian version of the movie “An Affair to Remember” (1957). He says “How do you know?” I say “It's the same plot.” I watched the movie all the way through. I liked both the American and the Indian films. But I noticed that whereas in the American film they celebrated Christmas, in the Indian film they celebrated Diwali. During this time of the year (Oct/Nov) Diwali is celebrated.

For those who celebrate Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas.

For those who celebrate Diwali, Happy Diwali! https://superiorthan.c...lights-Diwali-Do-you-4221
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 10-20-2018
cks003
In my country Malaysia, Christmas is the time to gather around with family members. In the eve of the day, whole family will be busy preparing for the big dinner, school will be closed and kids are all around. The atmosphere is very memorable and fun. When the evening falls, all the members will congregate at local church and submit ourselves to God. That is the time when the family members from far and near come together to visit and celebrate.
Posted by cks003 on 10-27-2018