Essay on Christmas : A Day Of Religious Celebration

1053 Words Dec 7th, 2015 5 Pages
Holiday Paper

The month of December is a time filled with traditions of many faiths and ethnicities. Of these traditions, the most commonly celebrated is Christmas. The holiday was originally a day of religious celebration for people with Christian beliefs, but Christmas has evolved over the years, and now many people celebrate even if they are not Christian, Although the Christmas sprit of generosity and cheeriness has not changed, many of the traditions of Christmas have changed drastically.
Early Christmas traditions were based in religion. During the middle ages, Christmas was more of a time to honor Jesus rather then to celebrate with gifts. Also in the middle ages, only nobles enjoyed a Christmas feast. Turkey was not included in a feast then because the Americas had yet to be discovered by Europeans, and turkeys were not native to Europe. Another interesting holiday day tradition that has evolved is Santa Clause. Gift giving during Christmas was originated by the three kings bring gifts to the newborn king.
Christmas is a widely popular. It is celebrated by nearly all Christians (96%), but even though the U.S. is only seventy percent Christian, eight out of ten Americas celebrate Christmas. Because not everyone has to agree with the holiday’s religious meaning, the face of the holiday is not as much religion but is more secular based now. In fact, as much as religious symbols, Christmas is most often paired with secular symbols like Santa Claus, and even the…

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