The Season of Christmas

Christmas is an international holiday celebrated every year on December 25th.


Sydney Dunn, Contributor

A lot of people celebrate Christmas, but most don’t know what it really is about. People tend to just go with the flow, give presents, listen to holiday music, bake Christmas cookies, and watch holiday movies. Sometimes, the true meaning of Christmas gets lost. What is Christmas really about?

          Christmas is a Christian festival that celebrates the birth of Jesus. Christmas is an English term that means “mass on Christ’s day.” The first date that Christmas was celebrated, and was recorded, was in 336 during the rule of Roman Emperor Constantine. The national holiday takes place every year on December 25th.  

People celebrate Christmas in many different ways, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t classic traditions. They include putting up Christmas trees, hanging stockings, Christmas caroling, and putting out milk, cookies, and carrots for Santa and his reindeer. The most common and popular tradition of them all has become giving presents. It started with Santa Claus, a well known figure, who brings presents to well behaved children on the night of Christmas Eve and the early hours of Christmas day. If you don’t behave well he will bring you coal.

 In 2018, the average American family spent $1,536 on Christmas. When that all adds up, in the U.S. alone over $1 trillion was spent throughout the holiday season in 2018. Christmas is the largest commercial holiday. People spend more money throughout the Christmas season than all the other holidays combined.

Christmas has grown in many ways over the years. Although it may have started out as a small holiday, over time it has become a huge international event. Christmas today is celebrated all over the world. No matter what your traditions are, or how you spend your holiday, have yourself the merriest Christmas ever!

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