Essay on Social Construction Of The Christmas

802 Words Apr 8th, 2016 4 Pages
In the 21st century Christmas has developed from its original intent. This case study will investigate the social construction of the Christmas that we know today. Social construction is a phenomenon that embodies a set of ideas created by society and is acted upon on though cultural and social practices. Two billion people worldwide celebrate the traditionally Christian holiday of Christmas on December 25th. Christmas trees, Santa Clause, gift-giving, and decorations seem to now dominate the holiday form the day after Thanksgiving, known as “Black Friday”, until the start of the new year. In America alone consumers spent 630.5 billion dollars during the holiday season in 2015, and all time high. Christmas is now a consumerist holiday, and in some cases no longer celebrates the original meaning of the holiday. To discover why Christmas is celebrated by so many Christians and non-Christians alike, and how it has developed into the holiday we know today, we need to take a closer look at the history of the holiday.
Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For nearly two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices both religious and secular. For the Christian people the celebration of Christmas Day is known as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. During the 4th century Pope Julius I chose December 25th as the date in order to coincide with pagan mid-winter and…

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