By Michelle Rojano
December in the United States and many other countries marks the beginning of Christmas festivities. Christmas day is Dec. 25. This day is adopted by most because it is nine months after Jesus Christ is believed to be conceived. A large part of the population celebrate the holiday. The holiday itself is considered Christian since it celebrates the birth of Christ, who is the figure of Christianity. Despite that, many cultures celebrate the holiday even if Christianity isn’t the official religion.
The word “Christmas” is derived from the phrase “Christ mass,” according to new advent.
Although the holiday is supposed to be celebrated on the 25th, many celebrate on it the 24th of Dec.. Festivities include gift giving, decorating and dinner.
As time has passed many traditions have been added to the holiday, like caroling, gift giving and Christmas cards. The way in which the holiday is celebrated varies from country to country. In the United States, the gift giver is Santa Claus. The Santa Claus that is now popularly known was created by a cartoonist in New York according to John Steele Gordon. He is described as a big man in a red suit and white beard. On the other hand in Scandinavia the gift giver is thought to be a gnome.
Since the central idea of Christmas has become giving or receiving gifts, the holiday has become one of the most profitable events for retailers. People not only are spending hundred in electronics and toys for children, but are going as far as financing gifts with programs like “Lay Away” offered by Walmart, which allows you to set aside an item months in advance and make payments on it.
Despite the business side of the holiday, many families still practice family traditions and use the holiday to spend time together. It is unlikely that the holiday will every die down given the benefit from businesses to families.