So here it is, Thursday December 13, 2012, and about 11 days remain until Christmas, depending on where in the world you live. And this being an international site has me pondering an interesting question, how do we all, as Christians, celebrate Christmas the same, and how do we celebrate differently, because of our local or cultural traditions?
Let’s look at the date first. Not all Christians celebrate it on the 25th, some celebrate it on January 6th, in connection to the Epiphany. And in many countries, such as Japan, Iran, North Korea, etc., there is no public holiday.
But how do we celebrate Jesus’ birth? This varies, too. A quick look at a post about Christmas on Wikipedia will have your head swirling. Parades, gift giving, fasting, family reunions, cards, carols, Santa, church attendance, etc. There are as many ways to celebrate Christmas, as there are ornaments on some people’s trees.
So what about those decorations. Lights on houses, holly, Nativity scenes, paper chains, Christmas trees, ornaments, poinsettias, mistletoes, garland, villages, trains, candy canes, stockings, wreaths, the list is endless.
And then there’s the food, which is a whole thesis in itself.
Nevertheless, however you celebrate Christmas, I hope it’s merry, and I wish you all a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
And I’d love to hear from you! Please share some of your most beloved Christmas traditions. What are some things you must see or do on Christmas to make it special for you.
I love going to church on Christmas Eve, and it’s always even more special if there’s snow. I couldn’t imagine Christmas without my family, spending time with them is the most enjoyable part of the holidays, and we open our gifts on Christmas morning, followed by another day of celebrating and feasting, where we always have a birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.
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