Essay about The Cultural Aspects Of The Christmas Season

2551 Words Dec 4th, 2014 11 Pages
Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, Frohe Weihnachten, Buon Natale; so many ways in so many languages just to say Merry Christmas. Oftentimes, during the holiday season, we say this without really thinking about it. We intend it as a friendly greeting. We are wishing them well and hope that they are happy. We want people to be happy during this holiday celebrating family and love. But, are we really merry during the holidays, or are we collectively as a whole unhappy as some songs and research suggest? Or are we truly happier during the holiday season? Also, where do many of the traditions around the holiday season come from? Why do we have a decorated tree in our houses, and why do we feast? Why is gift giving a huge part of today’s holiday season? In order to figure out all of these things we got to understand the historical and the cultural aspects of the Christmas season; as well as analyze the so well known, memorable, and loved songs surrounding this holiday season. Christmas has a long and storied history that is filled with both religious and pagan traditions. The most commonly told story is that of the birth of the Christian savior Jesus of Nazareth. This story says that one night a virgin by the name of Mary was told by the angel Gabriel that she was found holy in the eyes of God and would give birth to a son and call him Emmanuel, or Jesus. Back in those times the people had a time in which they were engaged, but with a lot stricter rules regarding that period of time.…

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