Christmas is the best holiday ever if you ask me. I grew up with a Christmas tree every year, I was waiting for Santa Claus, had all my family together, and I went to the church as being part of the choir.
I remember that in the past we used to have cold days and a lot of snow. Now not so much but I still love Christmas. Doing my research for this article I discovered some new information that I didn’t know of. And I wanna share this with you, so stay close.
As Christians, we celebrate the birth of Jesus from Nazareth. On 25th December, on Christmas day, we go to the church and then we spend time with the family. I think it’s such a nice thing to do, especially if we’re not spending too much time with our family during the year.
But we also have some traditions that we try to keep alive every year, and that’s the decorating and preparing the dinner.
Early Europeans already had a celebration, the celebration of light in the darkest winter days, long before Jesus was born.
On 21st December, in Scandinavia, the Norwegians were celebrating Yule, the winter solstice. The fathers and sons brought home large logs which they set on fire, in gratitude for the sun that would bring the long days back. They thought that each spark from that fire represents a calf or pig that will be born next year.
On the other hand, in Germany, people were terrified of the god Odin. It said that he had flown at night and decided who would prosper next year and who would die. Since then, the Germans have decided to stay in the house on Christmas day.
Returning to Christmas in our days, everybody is impatient to see what Santa puts under the tree. With all the options and possibilities that we have, we can buy whatever we want and how many gifts we want. But we forget about something more important. Christmas is not about the presents but more about the time we spend with our family and the memories we make.
So far I discovered that Christmas was canceled from 1659 to 1681. In Boston, celebrating Christmas was outlawed and law-breakers were fined five shillings, which back then was a lot of money. Thankfully on June 26, 1870, the United States of America declared Christmas a federal holiday.
I remember from when I was a kid, that every year we’ve been visited by the carolers. We were standing in front of the door and listening. In the end, we used to give them fruits and hot chocolate. And they did that to every single house. In the kitchen, it used to smell like cookies and delicious oranges.
I was born and I grew up in Romania after Ceausescu died. We didn’t have much for gifts, but the happiness that surrounded the entire house was priceless.
The Christmas holiday is supposed to be about love, family, and memories. We spend too much time doing shopping, we buy too much and we forgot about what’s more important: FAMILY. Let’s try this Christmas to change a little bit. Merry Christmas!
Sources: history.com (History of Christmas) & Pinterest & Podmas Jurnalul meu verde (on Spotify)