Often when the Christmas season rolls around you’ll hear the phrase “Jesus is the reason for the season.” Whether you’re the person who plays Christmas songs in July or you’re a grinch until December 1st, remembering the true reason why we are celebrating is so incredibly important. It is all too easy to get caught up in the excitement of presents, mistletoe, wreaths, decorated trees, and the story of “Santa” or Saint Nicholas. Why did Christmas become such a popular holiday in the first place? Christians began to celebrate Christmas because it was the anniversary of Jesus Christ’s birth. Strangely enough, however, the Bible does not mention an actual date for the birth of Jesus Christ. Pope Julius I decided on December the 25th to be the day, since the Bible did not mention a legitimate date. In fact, December 25th became a federal holiday in the year of 1870. At the end of the eighth century, the tradition of celebrating Christmas spread even to Scandinavia. However, it wasn’t until the nineteenth century that Christmas came to America. While all of this is not bad in nature, and can create amazing memories for generations to come, it still shouldn’t be the main reason why we feel joy in this season. With so many different traditions, both secular and religious, mixed into this season, it can be hard to decide where to draw a line. The solution just may be that instead of compromising on fun traditions for the family, we simply begin to teach the history of why Christmas is so incredibly important. As cheesy as it may sound, Jesus is the true reason for the season and that is why we need to make sure we’re celebrating Christmas for the right reasons.
Written by an NICS student