Christmas Cheer!!

BY: Katelyn and Felicia (Alexis/Lexi)

Merry Christmas! Christmas is coming up VERY soon, and we need to know some things about Christmas. NO ONE should be celebrating Christmas without knowing what it’s about, right? So now, I am going to tell you some information about Christmas. First of all, Christmas is an annual festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Christmas is normally celebrated on December 25th, and is the first day of the Christmastide, which ends after twelve nights. Christmas is not only celebrated by Christian people, but is also celebrated by many non-Christian people. “Christmas” is a compound word that originated from the term “Christ’s Mass” and is also known as Midwinter, Natiuiteo, Noel, and Geola.

Have you ever wondered why people wear red and green for their Christmas clothing? People wear green because of evergreen plants like holly, ivy, and mistletoe, which has been used for thousands of years to decorate and brighten up buildings during the long, dark winter. They also reminded people that spring would come and that winter wouldn’t last forever. An early use of red was as apples on the paradise tree. They represented the ‘Fall of Adam’ in the plays. Red is also the color of holly berries which represents the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross.

But… how about Santa and his reindeers? Santa, also known as Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, and Kris Kringle, is a figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins. Santa is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children on December 24th, or Christmas Eve. Santa is believed to make a “naughty or nice” list every year, and gives presents to the nice kids, and coal to the naughty kids. However, kids will have to REALLY believe in Santa Claus to receive gifts, and they WILL get gifts. DO NOT doubt Santa Claus!

Rudolph, however, is a fictional character created by Robert L. May in 1939, when he wrote a book named ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” Rudolph doesn’t have any legendary, historical, or folkloric origins, and is just a made up character by the author. There is now also a song “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” which is very popular during Christmas season. 

So again, MERRY CHRISTMAS!  

AWESOME WEBSITES TO VISIT:

https://santatracker.google.com/#village  

http://trackingsanta.net/

http://www.noradsanta.org/  

Mistletoe, example of green
Mistletoe, example of green
Santa Claus
Santa Claus
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
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