Christmas for many of us around the world is a time for festivities. It is a time when we all come together mostly those who believe in the Christian faith come together and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The basic aim is to celebrate; we decorate our houses, put up Christmas trees, hang mistletoes and mostly have a good time with friends and families. However, this is just the basic summary of what Christmas means to the mass today. There are deeper meanings to the actual concept of Christmas and it should be known to all who come together every year on the 24th and 25th of December to celebrate the auspicious (mainly for Christians) occasion.
The story of the sun of God
It all began, when Mary who was a virgin till then was visited by a Holy Spirit which told her that she would give birth to a son. Mary at that time was betrothed to Joseph, who by profession was a carpenter. Joseph, who was initially enraged at Mary “infidelity” when visited by the angel in his dream and was, convinced that Mary’s story was true. He was also informed by the angel, that Mary’s son was to be named Jesus and he was to be the protector of mankind. While in Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to the child in a stable. Jesus’s birth was followed by a series of extraordinary events as heavenly beings appeared there. There were three wise men of the East who saw a bright star in the sky and knew that the savior of mankind had been born. The star implied to them that the being who was to be the king (of the Jews) was born.
Thus, following the star the three men travelled to Bethlehem to see the child and gave him gifts of gold and incense. This is roughly, the story how Jesus, who was referred to as the son of God was born. This story is found in the Bible, the holy book of the Christians. Jesus grew up to become a preserver of mankind and to redeem the human race from their sins and evils he happily sacrificed himself to God. He was crucified by Pontius Pilate who ordered his death on grounds of preaching doctrines which proved harmful to their power equation. Milton in Paradise Lost states that God himself sent his son to save the world from the sins committed by Adam and Eve when they ate the forbidden fruit. There are many speculations and criticisms but this is the general belief.
Christmas – today
On the 25th of December everyone gather around to celebrate the birth day of Christ. There are however, doubts as to whether this is the actual date of the birth of Jesus. Following the Julian calendar, this date holds true today. There have been alternative theories though. Christmas today for us is to get together, pay homage to the son of God and a time of the every year when one spends a good time with their family and friends.
Christmas, till date is the time to celebrate the spirit of Humanity; something which Jesus stood and sacrificed for.