Christmas is an annual festival held to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ by Christians. People decorate homes and light the streets up while children hope they would receive something special from Santa Claus. Besides this shopping stores offer huge discounts in the last days before Christmas. However, as cool as it may sound people often face difficulties while celebrating Christmas with their families, hence, it’s recommended to plan everything in advance. But the question is from where shall we start? This is why today we are going to learn more about Christmas and its origin. We will also share some key points that you shall keep in mind before the Christmas season starts.
History Of Christmas
In the early centuries, Europeans celebrated the light and birth
of Jesus in the darkest days of winter. Many people celebrated winter after the
worst of the season was behind them and they could look forward to longer days
and extended hours of sunlight.
In Scandinavia, people celebrated a tradition which was known as “Yule” from December 21 onwards, till the end of January. To acknowledge and thank God for giving them sunlight again, fathers and sons would bring home large logs, which they would set on fire. The people would feast until the log burned out, which took approximately 12 days. The people of Scandinavia believed that each spark from the fire represented a new pig or calf that would be born during the coming year. Whereas, if we talk about other parts of Europe, they used to slaughter cows and pigs so that they could not be fed throughout the winter season. This was the only time when people got fresh meat. Moreover, during this season fermented wine and beer were finally available to people for drinking.
Tips And Hacks To Celebrate Your Christmas Day This Year
Share Some Cookies With Your Loved Ones
This is probably the best way to spread happiness and show
compassion towards your loved ones. Search for the best recipes for cookies
online, bake them and you are good to go! However, if you live away from your
loved ones due to some reason then you might consider bearing expenses for the
delivery of your precious cookies through the mail.
Make Santa Visit Your Home This Year
Let’s be honest here, without Santa Claus the whole
Christmas day would be incomplete. So, if you are not comfortable visiting
Santa at a local mall try having a family member dressed as Santa Claus for
your children. But if nobody is willing to become Santa this year you can watch
him live at the North Pole.
An Outdoor Party Could Be The Right Choice
That’s right! Having an outdoor party in your backyard
could be the key to winning the hearts of your loved ones. So, if the weather is
mild try having a party outside in your garden with some distant chairs and a
Christmas tree. You can add several dishes to your menus such as roasted
chicken, spaghetti, and hot chocolate to make the occasion memorable and epic.
Add Some Christmas Classics To Your Table
Watching movies after the party’s over could be a great way to end your Christmas eve. You can add Christmas movies of different genres. However, you need to make sure that the movies you play on your television could be watched by everyone including adults. Besides this, you can also chow down on your food while watching a movie. For me, this could be a great way to celebrate Christmas eve.
Create A Lovely Light Display
Planning the setting and décor of your home while getting ready for Christmas could be quite challenging. So, in order to avoid these problems, let your child’s creativity come into play. This means letting your children decorate your home by lighting up trees, and walls and changing the setting of your home as Christmas is a festival where only children can use their abilities to transform your home into something different.
Go Ice Skating
Ice skating is a seasonal activity that is only enjoyed in winter and is only enjoyed by people who live in cold areas. It could be a really fun activity if you are doing it with your family and your loved ones. However, make sure you get your gear and helmet before going ice skating as sometimes you can land on it with a thud which could get very dangerous.
Plan A Christmas Breakfast
If you are someone who likes to live in his comfort zone and don’t want to spend your Christmas eve on roads then why not make something cool in breakfast for yourself and your loved ones? You can add sweet and savory dishes to your menu and make your Christmas breakfast memorable.
Now by following the above-stated tips you can celebrate a great Christmas eve with your family. However, there are people who can’t celebrate Christmas due to poverty, hence, let’s take a step forward and help the families who are really in need. Who knows? It might become a family tradition.