Are you ready to make this Christmas best? Yes! The festival season is coming! The countdown has begun, so hold your heartbeats and start preparing for this fantastic festival. After all, you were waiting for this occasion for so long. Weren’t you? Everyone from kids to teenagers, adults to old people is waiting for this. This festival is celebrated in different countries all over the world, and people of different cultures celebrate this festival. Everyone hates to stay single on this day; hence it is celebrated with friends and family. There is an interesting story about this amazingly stunning festival. Let is reveal the cards here.
What is Christmas?
You might know that what happened on this day. Do you? Yes, you are guessing right. Jesus Christ was born on this day. Billions of people celebrate this festival in different cultures and religions. You will be happy to know that this day is a public holiday in various nations. Jesus was born in Bethlehem; it is a city in Jerusalem. Joseph and Mary (parents of Jesus) arrived in the city but inn had no room and so they were offered a stable. The Christ Child was soon born in this stable with angels proclaiming this news to shepherds. You will surprise more after knowing that the month and date of Jesus’ birth are unknown, the church in the early fourth century fixed the date as December 25.
Christians believe that God came into the world in the form of man to atone for the sins of humanity.
How People Celebrate?
This festival is celebrated in many ways. The festival is combined with customs from pre-Christian winter celebrations. People decorate their homes on this charming day. People living away from the home visit family or friends. People love to exchange gifts on this happy day. Some groups arrange meals, shelter or charitable projects for people without a home or with very little money.
Famous Places To Celebrate?
Now as the festival is special, places should also be special right? So let us discover famous places to celebrate Christmas. This festival is all about glamour and glitz.
New York City
There is no better place than NYC. So get ready to enjoy the timeless traditions in an apple on Christmas. Enjoy ice-skating in the central park. You can spend your evenings in the enlightened holiday markets of NYC. Don’t forget to adore the Rockefeller Christmas tree in NYC. It is also known as the pride and joy of NYC. You can also adore the city’s most beautiful holiday decorations on the treks after scoping out the tree at Rockefeller Center.
Churches in NYC
People usually pray in Churches on this day. Here is the list of Churches in NYC.
- Patrick’s Cathedral
- Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
- Trinity Church Wall Street
- Church of St. Mary the Virgin
- Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew
- Judson Memorial Church
Chicago is another glamorous place to celebrate Christmas. You can do several things in Chicago at Christmas. You can attend the grand Chicago’s Holiday Events; you can go to a Chicago Blackhawks game. Ice Skating at Millennium Park is another adventurous activity to do on Christmas Eve.
You can do holiday shopping along the Magnificent Mile. Don’t forget to watch the holiday Flower Show at Lincoln Park Conservatory if you are in Chicago.
List of Churches in Chicago
- City Church Chicago
- Saint John Cantius Church
- Renewal Church of Chicago
- Mary of the Angels Catholic Church
Cripple Creek is another amazing old-fashioned place for Christmas celebration. You will see dazzling light displays throughout this area. Besides that, you can enjoy skating around the Christmas tree. Christmas Parade is another highlight of this day. Furthermore, you can celebrate your Christmas in Durango. Durango is a municipality in Colorado. It is named in the top 10 towns in America to celebrate Christmas.
List of Churches in Colorado
- Discovery Church Colorado
- New Life Church
- Church for All Nations
- Pulpit Rock Church
If you are celebrating Christmas in Canada check-out these places
Toronto is the most happening place to celebrate Christmas in Canada. This is the largest city of Canada holding the annual Santa Claus Parade. Kick off the festival with the lighting of a massive Christmas tree in front of the City Hall at Nathan Philips Square. Never miss this event.
List of Churches in Toronto
- Grace Toronto Church
- Little Trinity Anglican Church
- C3 Church Toronto West
- Metropolitan United Church
If Ottawa is the next place in your mind then you are right. Capital city drowns the Parliament Buildings in dramatic lights on this cheering day. Often Prime Minister flips the switches. Hot chocolate, melodious Christmas Carols and Beaver Tails are the inclusion in the ceremony.
List of Churches in Ottawa
- Ste-Anne Catholic Church
- Clement Parish
- Brigid Church
- Anthony of Padua Church
How can you ignore Niagara Falls? Give a boom to your Christmas with the musical and majestic Niagara Falls. You will see more than 3 million lights throughout the city on this day. Fireworks over the falls treat the guests with an awesome feeling.
Rituals on Christmas
Everyone exchanges gifts on this day. You may say that the exchange of gifts is an integral part of Christmas. This ritual is derived by ancient paganism, namely the Roman Saturnalia and Kalends festivals. It is told to the lids that these gifts are given to kids by Santa Claus.
On the occasion of this beautiful festival, people bring Christmas trees to their homes. They decorate this tree with lights and other decorates. People also place candles on the branches of the Christmas tree. Rituals include decorating homes with greenery to ensure a good harvest the following year.
Christmas Card & Bells
Exchanging Christmas cards is another tradition of this day. People give Christmas cards to their beloved ones to show affection. It is known as the symbol of sending good vibes. Ringing bells on this eve is another interesting ritual of this day. It is believed that ringing bells drive the evil spirits away.
People enlighten their places with candles at this festival. Nowadays candles are replaced with fairy lights. People lit a candle as a symbol of Jesus as the light of the world.
Summary: This is how this cheering festival is celebrated all over the world. People spend their days with the family friends and dear ones with a feeling of love and enthusiasm. So get ready to celebrate this fantastic festival.