The Meaning of Christmas

“It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters, it’s who’s around it…” ~ A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Magical Christmas

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Tis’ the season to be jolly! Have a wonderful holiday, Cushman family!

Jasmin Rossi, News Editor

You know that feeling when you wake up in the morning to find a stack of presents under the Christmas tree? That feeling when you drink some hot cocoa while observing a starry night sky? Yes, you do know it, but where do these traditions come from? Who is that mysterious and magical person who squeezes into our chimneys at night (no offense, Santa)! Who created the stockings we stuff with gifts? Why do we listen to Christmas carols and sing along to them off-key?

Well children, listen tight, for here is the story of the creation of our beloved holiday, Christmas.

Christmas, for us, is celebrated on the 25th of December. It is a sacred holiday but is also celebrated worldwide as a cultural and commercial phenomena and opportunity. Christians celebrate Christmas as the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose ideals contributed to the birth of their religion. Popular customs come with the holiday. These include gifts, Christmas trees, holiday meals, and much more.

However, it is not the religious aspect of Christmas that makes it so special, it is the legend that sparks imagination and love in children and adults all around the world.

So how did Christmas start? Well, around the world, the middle of winter has always been a time of celebration. Even before the arrival of the man named Jesus, Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. People could look forward to longer days and more hours of sun when the worst of the cold was behind them. Some celebrations included that of the Norse, called the Yule, which began on December 21st, the winter solstice, through January. Ancient Romans celebrated Saturnalia, which, ask Ms. Ley-Sepe (the Middle School’s Latin teacher), was a very special holiday. Germanic and Scandinavian people honored the pagan god Oden during the winter holidays. Along the lines of these are many more ancient holiday traditions, the “cancelling of Christmas”, the reinvention of it, and so much more. Then somehow, the holiday we know as Christmas finally came to life.

Even now that we know how Christmas was born, there’s still one question that leaves us baffled. Who in the North Pole is Santa Claus, and how was his legend (or maybe not) created? His story begins way back in the 3rd century. This was when Saint Nicholas walked the Earth and became the face of the saint of children. Admired for his kindness, he became subject to many legends said among children and adults around the world. It is said he even travelled around the world to help the poor and sick. Santa Claus, or Saint Nicholas, soon gained the popularity he deserved! Today, holiday fanatics around the world celebrate the legend (or possibly not) of Santa Claus, his faithful elves, and of course Mrs. Claus!

Now we know of the history of Christmas, but the title of this article is “The Meaning of Christmas”, and not talking about love and gratitude would not allow the content of this article to be true to its name. It doesn’t take much to acknowledge how lucky you are this Christmas. Just do this one thing, when you unwrap your Christmas gifts on December 25th, say thank you like you mean it. Do something good. Spread the joy these holidays. Be grateful. When you are sitting down on the couch with your family drinking hot cocoa, tell them how much you love them. You never know how many holidays you will get to spend with your family (especially the older members of it), so count your blessings!

Christmas is a time of love, joy, and happiness, so remember that!

From the whole Chronicle Crew, staff, and friends, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

P.S So, what are you asking Santa for Christmas? Oh, and, don’t forget to leave milk and cookies for our friend Santa! Ho ho ho!

 

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