Christmas Traditions


Christmas was just one of the most recent Holidays besides New Years, Christmas is known to be a time to spend with family, sing carols, decorate the tree, host a Christmas party, or decorate your house with Christmas lights. Many religions have their way of celebrating Christmas, like some religions believe that Jesus was born on Christmas so they celebrate Christmas for the birth of Jesus. Or they just celebrate Christmas with their family and friends as a small celebration of the season. People celebrate by giving gifts, having big meals, stockings, Christmas movies/stories/music, or even putting out milk, cookies, and carrots for Santa and his reindeers. Now it’s time to hear from some students who will share their Christmas traditions.

Allison Mak an AdVenture STEM student, has shared a few things about how she celebrates Christmas. She says she celebrates Christmas with her family and her family alternates every year for Christmas to either have family at her house or her aunt’s house. “Christmas means to me a time to spend with family” Allison says. For Christmas, Allison says she bakes, puts lights up or glowing decorations around the house, decorating a Christmas tree, and has a “big feast”.

Christmas can be celebrated in many ways, for example the original – by having a decorated Christmas tree, a decorated house with colorful lights, spending time with family, Christmas parties, and much more. They could celebrate Christmas with a religion. Christians believe in one God and believe that he was on Christmas. Some might also celebrate Hanukkah. “The eight-day Jewish celebration, or Hanukkah commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt”.

In the article, Christmas written by Hans J. Hillerbrand, the author, writes another way of explaining Christmas in a more shorter summary, “The German word Weihnachten Denotes “hallowed night.” Since the early 20th century, Christmas has also been a secular family holiday, observed by Christians and non-Christians alike, devoid of Christian elements, and marked by an increasingly elaborate exchange of gifts. In this secular Christmas celebration, a mythical figure named Santa Claus plays the pivotal role”.

Introducing Kayla Brown, a seventh grade student that attends AdVenture STEM, says she celebrates Christmas with her family both rotating through her house, and her Nana’s house for Christmas. The family always has a Christmas Eve and a Christmas day dinner meal. “It’s good,” Kayla describes the food they have every year, she also said their family has the same food for a meal during Christmas eve dinner and Christmas dinner. Her family decorates inside and outside their house with Christmas lights or any other decorations they have. They also open presents on Christmas morning and then temporarily around noon her family goes to her Nana’s house. “I always have. My family celebrates Christmas so I do too.” Kayla says. She did not give a full explanation of why she celebrates Christmas, but her family celebrates Christmas so she does too.

The result is, lots of families celebrate Christmas the way a lot of people do, set up a Christmas tree, go to other family member’s house, and enjoy a lovely Christmas Eve and Christmas day with their family. They set out cookies, milk, and carrots out near the fireplace for Santa Claus and his Reindeer, sing carols, open presents on Christmas morning, and maybe have family over and celebrate.