Christmas Day 2017
Christmas Day 2017 will be celebrated on Monday, December 25th. This religious celebration has evolved into a holiday for many cultures all around the globe. It is commemorated with church services, traditional and modern carols and songs, the story of Santa Claus, family gatherings, cookies, and gift giving.
When Do We Celebrate Christmas Day?
Christmas is always celebrated on the 25th day of December no matter what day of the week it falls on. The night before is commonly called Christmas Eve and may also feature celebrations and services.
This date was chosen as far back as 336 CE by Emperor Constantine, but made official by Pope Julius the First shortly thereafter. This ended many disagreements among early Christians. It is not believed that Jesus Christ was actually born on that day. It is, according to early traditions, nine months after the angel told Mary she would bear God’s son. It is also closely aligned with the Winter Solstice.
Why Do We Celebrate Christmas Day?
The holiday started as only a Christian celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth. These believers use it to glorify God’s plan and how he sent his son to absolve people of their sins on Easter.
Celebrations usually include:
• Church services
• Religious songs and carols
• A Nativity play
It has since spread to become a secular holiday as well. It is celebrated in various ways by many cultures and nationalities almost everywhere on Earth. The legend of Santa Claus and a focus on family togetherness and generosity prevail.
Some secular celebrations, which are shared by many religious folk too, include:
• Decorated Christmas trees and house lights
• Baking cookies and leaving some out for Santa
• Hanging stockings for small gifts
• Open presents wrapped in bright paper
• Watch holiday movies like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Different countries, religious sects, and cultures celebrate differently. For example, in Australia, Christmas comes at the start of Summer, so a trip to the beach is often included. The small population of Christians in China give paper-wrapped apples to their friends and family as a symbol of peace. In Zimbabwe, Christmas is a time to visit all your neighbors for food and fun and to blast holiday and traditional African songs in the street.