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Why Do We Celebrate Christmas?

Why Do We Celebrate Christmas?

Picture of Mandy Marwaha
Updated: 6 January 2017
Christmas is one of the most magical times of the year, but many people have no idea why we celebrate it. Every year people take part in the glorious celebrations of Christmas and whether celebrating it or not, it is impossible not to be reminded of this time of year through media, marketing, shopping offers and other people. So, let’s take a look at the reason why we celebrate Christmas.

Of course, we all know that Christmas is a Christian festival that celebrates the birth of Christ and millions of Christians all over the world celebrate this.  However, even non-Christians are lured into the magic and excitement of this holiday, exchanging gifts, decorating homes with Christmas lights, trees and decorations,and even gathering around the table for a festive lunch or dinner.  The shops play Christmas music and everyone spends a little extra at Christmas for that special someone. Families have come to enjoy pulling crackers at the dinner table, opening presents and eating throughout the whole day and into the next, otherwise known as Boxing Day.  It has almost become fashionable in the West to take part in this celebration and for kids of all ages, Santa Claus cannot be denied to them.


For Christians, the celebration is all about the birth of Christ and from the decorations to the Christmas carols, every single element relates to this.  The star on top of the Christmas tree represents the star that lead the three kings to Bethlehem.  As for the rest of us, we celebrate by giving and receiving gifts, breaking bread and watching classic Christmas films, such as Home Alone. Christmas is that one occasion where family members travel to be with their loved ones, enjoy some well-earned time off work and spread festive cheer.