There are so many things to love about the Christmas holiday—the winter-themed drinks, the festive parties, the outrageous decorations, the silly traditions, and the delicious food. The great thing about Christmas is that there is a joyful festivity for everyone to enjoy. Although Christmas has roots in Christianity and honors the birth of Jesus Christ, it has evolved over two millennia into a worldwide celebration that’s both religious and secular and chock full of fun-filled, family activities. Every year on Dec. 25, we celebrate Christmas, a day for spending time with family, honoring Christ’s birth, partaking in lighthearted traditions, or just spreading some holiday cheer!
Why We Love Christmas
A. It has deeper meaning
The Christmas holiday focuses on honoring the sacred birth of Christ in Christian religion. The Christmas traditions as we know today stemmed from this story—the three wise men came to see the newborn Jesus bearing gifts and embody the seasonal spirit of giving gifts to others. It helps us remember the gestures of love, kindness, and forgiveness.
B. It's joyful, merry, and bright
Let's face it, Christmas is one of the most joyful holidays! Some celebrate it just to partake in its holiday fun or to spend time with family. Houses are decked out in colorful lights and beautifully decorated pine trees, the delicious smell of hot cocoa and spices fill the air—there's nothing that quite tops the beautiful Christmas spirit.
C. It's sweater season
Christmas is the one time of year where collections of finely knit, red-and-green light-up sweaters adorned with bows, glitter, and knick-knacks emerge after being stowed away in cardboard boxes all year. These glorious garments (some of which might twinkle with lights or sing a Christmas song) make their debut only during this special season.
How to Celebrate Christmas
1. Make your own advent calendar
Spread the holiday excitement by making a calendar filled with sweet surprises for the month. Create your own advent calendar by using paper bags, a muffin tin, envelopes or other accessible items around the house and include a cute and quirky present to celebrate each day. These make perfect holiday gifts or a great way to #treatyourself every day in December.
2. Spread cheer
The holidays are the perfect excuse to spread cheer to those around you and in doing so, help you enjoy the holiday more too. Whistle along to your favorite Christmas tune, smile at other, and wish everyone a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. Your joyful holiday spirit will be contagious.
3. Organize a Christmas potluck
Organize a special potluck dinner with your friends and family. One of the most important traditions of the Christmas season is to gather with those you care about and make winter a little warmer by sharing the warmth of compassion with them. Your friends and family will leave with stomachs full of food and hearts filled with happiness!