Celebrating a Secular Christmas
. When you hear Christmas songs, instead of being grumpy (ever heard of Ebenezer Scrooge) smile and whistle along.Being cheerful during the Christmas season really will help in spreading Christmas spirit to those around you, plus it helps you enjoy it more too.Wish others a Merry Christmas if you know they celebrate Christmas.If youare not sure, just say Happy Holidays! Either way, you are spreading the holiday cheer.
Enjoy your country Christmas traditions
. Let yourself be a kid again and enjoy the holiday spirit.Whether it is leaving cookies out for Santa Claus, watching for Baba Noel out the window, or leaving your clogs by the fire for Sinterklaas, indulge in a little holiday tradition and give into the magic.
Decorate your house for Christmas
. The possibilities for decorating are nearly endless.Put Christmas lights on your house.Hang mistletoe in the doorways (particularly if you know that special someone is coming over,) hang a homemade wreath on your door, or put Christmas figurines like Santa or Rudolph out on your counters.
Buy and decorate a Christmas tree
. Go with your family to your local Christmas tree farm to cut your own or head to a lot selling pre cut Christmas trees.Pick out a Christmas tree that fits your house.After you have gotten your tree situated, wrap it in lights and begin hanging the ornaments.Do not forget to water it occasionally and safeguard it from pets!You can decorate your tree with family heirloom ornaments or try something new by decorating a tree with Star Trek or superher
Join up with friends and family
. For many people, Christmas is about gathering with friends and family to enjoy each others company and celebrate the holiday.The day is a national holiday and most folks get a day off work.Take advantage of this time to reconnect with friends and family.Create your own traditions or celebrate with the traditions that have been passed down in your family.
Invite your friends or family over for Christmas dinner
. Make it a potluck if you want to keep expenses (and the workload) manageable.The important thing is just to get together with people you love and make the winter a little warmer by sharing the warmth of caring with them.Consider making a traditional Christmas dinner complete with roast turkey, or create your own traditions by branching out and making whatever you want!
Go Christmas caroling
. Either have it at your home, go door to door, or go to an old folks home and do it.Learn some Christmas or seasonal songs, and sing! It is fun, and even if your voice is not great, hopefully, you wo not be singing alone you will get some cover from your more talented friends! If you can not go caroling for some reason, blast Christmas music throughout your house, while youare wrapping presents, or during your Christmas party.
Watch Christmas movies
. Have a movie night during which you invite friends or family over and serve hot apple cider and popcorn or cocoa and cookies.Play Christmas movies like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, It is a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story or any number of other seasonal movies.
Do a generous act
. This is in the spirit of spreading joy, kindness, beauty and love during the Christmas season.Maybe you can volunteer at a homeless shelter, or maybe you could help with a local toy drive or food drive for those who have less than you do.
Consider giving gifts wrapped in lovely wrapping paper
. You do not have to spend big bucks on gifts small tokens are fine.Some families enjoy giving gifts to one another to show their appreciation for one another.You can buy gifts or make them yourself.Learn how to become an expert gift wrapper here.Gather around the Christmas tree with your family on Christmas morning and exchange gifts.Or, sit by the fire with your loved one and enjoy Christmas together.
Do something fun with your family outdoors
. Head down to the beach or the local park.In colder areas, go sledding or build a snowman! If there is no snow, bundle up and go on a crisp walk or hike with your loved ones.It is always great to get out of the house and breath in the fresh air.If you live in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or other countries in the Southern Hemisphere, your Christmas is likely to be a warm one.This gives you the opportunity to get outdoors and appreciate the
Deal with Scrooges gracefully
. If someone says Let us cancel Christmas or something else negative, simply say something disarming, like, Sorry you do not enjoy this holiday.You are still welcome to come and join us for the day if you have not got anyplace else to go.The Scrooge issues that will prevent him or her from celebrating may keep him or her from accepting your invitation, or may cause him or her to accept, but make frequent disparaging remarks.Just blow them off as ki
Reflect on the reason for Christmas
. If You are not sure about it or You are rusty on the background, do some research.In the Bible, you can find the Christmas story in the Gospel according to Luke, Chapters 1 and 2, as well as the Gospel according to Matthew Chapters 1 and 2.Consider reading these chapters aloud as part of your family holiday.Ask members of the family for their own impressions of the stories given, to personalize their understanding.Talk to children regularly about
Invite God to come and celebrate the day with you
. Some people choose to do this by attending a Christmas Eve service.Some do it by sitting before the Christmas tree and silently inviting God to just be with them.However you decide to do it, for the Christian, making God a part of your day is vital.
Spend time quietly being thankful for the gift of Jesus to the world that we celebrate on Christmas
. This is the day that Christians have set aside to celebrate the beginning of the greatest gift mankind has ever received.Coming into the Christmas season with a grateful heart is essential if you really want to make the extension from Jesus giving of His amazing gift to your giving and receiving.
Create your own nativity scene
. A beautiful way to celebrate Christmas is to create a nativity scene within your house or on your front yard.If you have children, ask them to help you.They will love making the little angels and other figures.If you Do not have the ability to create your own nativity scene, consider attending a Nativity play at your local school or church.
Involve your children in your family traditions
. Wherever you live in the world, teach your kids your family is traditions at a young age.There is something about Christmas time that is absolutely magical to children.
Tell your kids Christmas stories
. You can do this by reading to them, telling them stories before bedtime, or watching Christmas movies with them.A great idea is to buy a book about all the Christmas traditions around the world.This will give your children an opportunity to learn about other cultures traditions.
Help you children believe Santa Claus
. Explain who Santa is and how he is going to come visit your house.To really help your children belief in Santa, help them leave cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve.When they are asleep, eat the cookies, leaving some crumbs as evidence and drink the milk (if any was left out.) If your child leaves Santa a note, create a note from Santa thanking your child or answering questions that he or she may have asked.Make sure you write the letter in a d
Decorate Christmas cookies
. Whip up a batch of sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies and have your children decorate them (heck, you can decorate them too!) Your kids will love making their cookies into colorful, delicious creations.
Show your children how to hang stockings by the hearth
. If this is part of your Christmas tradition, your children will love the anticipation of hanging their stockings by the fire and waiting for Santa.A cute idea is, when your children are asleep, to fill their stockings and then take them off the hearth and leave them at the foot of their bed.In the morning, ask them to bring their stockings into your room and you can all open your stocking gifts on your bed.
. Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed generally on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide, which ends after the twelfth night.Christmas is a public holiday in many of the world nations, is celebrated culturall
. Christmas is a compound word originating in the term Christ Mass.It is derived from the Middle English Cristemasse, which is from Old English, a phrase first recorded in 1038 followed by the word Cristes messe in 1131.Crist (genitive Cristes) is from Greek Khristos, a translation of Hebrew and m
Relation to concurrent celebrations
. Prior to and through the early Christian centuries, winter festivals especially those centered on the winter solstice were the most popular of the year in many European pagan cultures.Reasons included the fact that less agricultural work needs to be done during the winter, as well as an expectation of better weather as spring approached. Many modern Christmas customs have been directly influenced by such festivals, including gift giving and merry
. Christmas Day is celebrated as a major festival and public holiday in countries around the world, including many whose populations are mostly non Christian.In some non Christian countries, periods of former colonial rule introduced the celebration (e.g.Hong Kong) in others, Christian minorities or foreign cultural influences have led populations to observe the holiday.Countries such as Japan, where Christmas is popular despite there being only a
Commemorating Jesus birth
. Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary as a fulfillment of the Old Testament Messianic prophecy.The Bible contains two accounts which describe the events surrounding Jesus birth.Depending on one perspective, these accounts either differ from each other or tell two versions of the same story.These biblical accounts are found in the Gospel of Matthew, namely Matthew 1 18, and the Gospel of Luke, specifically Luke 1 26 and 2 40.A
. The practice of putting up special decorations at Christmas has a long history.In the 15th century, it was recorded that in London it was the custom at Christmas for every house and all the parish churches to be decked with holm, ivy, bays, and whatsoever the season of the year afforded to be green.The heart shaped leaves of ivy were said to symbolize the coming to earth of Jesus, while holly was seen as protection against pagans and witches, its
Music and carols
. The earliest extant specifically Christmas hymns appear in 4th century Rome.Latin hymns such as Veni redemptor gentium, written by Ambrose, Archbishop of Milan, were austere statements of the theological doctrine of the Incarnation in opposition to Arianism.Corde natus ex Parentis (Of the Father love begotten) by the Spanish poet Prudentius (d.413) is still sung in some churches today.In the 9th and 10th centuries, the Christmas Sequence or Pros
. Christmas cards are illustrated messages of greeting exchanged between friends and family members during the weeks preceding Christmas Day.The traditional greeting reads wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, much like that of the first commercial Christmas card, produced by Sir Henry Cole in London in 1843.The custom of sending them has become popular among a wide cross section of people with the emergence of the modern trend toward
Why is Christmas Day on the 25th December
. No one knows the real birthday of Jesus! No date is given in the Bible, so why do we celebrate it on the 25th December.The early Christians certainly had many arguments as to when it should be celebrated! Also, the birth of Jesus probably did not happen in the year 1AD but slightly earlier, somewhere between 2BC and 7BC (there is not a 0AD the years go from 1BC to 1AD!).The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in
The History of Christmas Trees
. The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and Christian) for thousands of years.Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come.The Romans used Fir Trees to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia.Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God.Nobody is really sure when Fir trees were first used as Christ