The war between Jesus and Santa begin as we start this Christmas Season. However, most of our Christmas traditions started out with a basis of faith in Jesus. Here are some examples:
The word “Christmas” came from when Christians would have a Mass or Communion celebrating Christ. It was called “Christ’s Mass” thus we get our word Christmas.
We don’t know Jesus’ birthday. But, during the Roman empire they celebrated the shortest day of the year partying and worshiping idols, especially the god of the sun. This day was December 25th. Then the Roman empire started following God and becoming Christians. They decided to keep the celebration, but instead of worshiping the god of the sun, they would celebrate God’s Son, Jesus. Thus, we keep this tradition today and celebrate Jesus’ birthday on December 25th.
Martin Luther was the first to add lights to Christmas trees; he did so to point to Jesus as the “light of the world” (John 8:12).
Holly wreaths with their sharp, pointed leaves were chosen to represent the crown of thorns Jesus wore on the cross; their small red berries symbolize his drops of blood. Evergreen wreaths likewise signify eternal life in Him.
St. Nicholas was a real person and a real saint. He went around giving to the poor and helping others for the glory of God. I wonder what his thoughts would be on how he is perceived now?
You might think it silly, but there is a 12 Questions of Christmas on JellyTelly where each day you and your children can learn all about our Christmas traditions in just a few minutes. My family highly recommends it.
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