Literally meaning "Christ's mass", everything is so marvelous about the Christmas Day- the Christmas tree, decorations, carol singing, feasting, the nativity scene, where a small scene of Christ's birth is created with miniature figures, etc. As soon as the month of December begins, everyone starts waiting for Christmas. Every street, shop, town and house is decorated with the sparkling Christmas lights, shiny Christmas ornaments, wreaths, Christmas flowers and artificial snow sprayed everywhere. You would also be able to see the snow man outside the houses, dressed up as Santa.
Through the celebration of joy and happiness, love and compassion, faith and hope, Christmas literally enlivens, the otherwise dull Winter season. The festival is not about spending lots of money on decorations, parties or food, but about sharing memorable moments with your family and friends, and together evoke the birth, life and sacrifice of that Savior of mankind, the stories about whom we have been hearing from our parents and grandparents.
Most people prefer to start the day by attending a traditional mass in the church, especially during midnight, the believed time of Christ's birth, and then taking the celebrations to wishing each other, exchanging gifts and preparing the special meal. The menu of the meal depends upon the tradition in various countries, while a roast turkey with vegetables and sauces is a customary dish. The meal also contains various dessert items like rich, fruity Christmas puddings with brandy sauce or mince pies, pastry cases, chocolate fudge and the cakes. Wine or Champagne also makes an integral part of the meal, to raise a toast to the festive day. Another interesting activity during Christmas is the Children choirs, that visit houses and sing religious hymns and choirs at the doorsteps, which is considered to bring luck and grace to that house. Children also decorate a beautiful evergreen coniferous tree on Christmas to make Santa Claus, the mythical gifts bearer, happy and expecting a gift in return.
No matter how you celebrate Christmas Day, it is a secular holiday in most of the countries in the world and is marked with the spirit of fun and joy.
Last Updated On : October 21, 2011