According to a new survey, the average mother spends 13 days getting ready for Christmas. This includes an enormous 288 hours shopping, 4.19 hours of wrapping presents, and 3.03 hours decorating the house, not to mention nine hours preparing and cooking Christmas dinner.But is it all necessary?
Christmas is celebrated on 25th December in remembrance of the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary. The usual tradition requiresfamilies to distribute gifts that Santa Claus left under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning. Not only this, several individuals attend church on the Christmas Eve and gather for family dinner. The true meaning of Christmas is hence, the love of God that is cherished with celebrations marked with gifts, grandiose parties and extravagant food.
Christmas is incomplete without Santa Claus who appears to be the most humble person. The history and origin of Santa is more than just considering him being available to circumnavigate the globe in one night. Santa Claus originates from an ancient kind leader of Myra (present day Turkey) known as St. Nicholas. Nicholas was neither fat nor jolly but developed a reputation as a fiery, wiry, and defiant defender of church doctrine during the “Great Persecution,” when Bibles were put to the torch and priests were made to renounce Christianity or face execution.Nicholas defied these acts and as a result, spent several years in the prison. Finally, Constantine brought Christianity to prominence in his empire andNicholas rose to prominence among the saints. This was because he was the patron of so many groups, ranging from sailors to entire nations.He then began to be known as a patron of children and magical gift bringer after incidents of rescuing prostitutes by financially helping their parents, and by punishing the culprits of a robbery at that time. His popularity continued to grow until he was defamed by highlighting the duty of gift bringing attributed to parents. With time, the legend did not vanish and came out in terms of Santa Clause enveloping the same purpose of spreading love and gifts.
Christmas is therefore, celebrated in a number of different ways around the globe. Let us look at how various countries celebrate the occasion