What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Christmas’? Snow and snowmen? Trees? Pretty lights? Cheesy pop music? Or maybe the man himself, Father Christmas?
Christmas is perhaps the most well-known and well-loved of all the Christian festivals. It takes place each year on December 25th. At its heart is a very special celebration – the birth of Jesus Christ. This is where the name comes from: Christmas is ‘Christ’s Mass’. At Christmas, Christians tell and retell the story of the Angel Gabriel’s visit to a young woman called Mary, with the remarkable news that she would give birth to a very special baby boy, Jesus. Jesus is the most important figure in Christianity – more than a teacher or prophet, for Christians he is the Son of God. At Christmas, Christians celebrate that God himself became a human being (the Incarnation, literally God ‘in the flesh’) to live with the people He made and loved and be their Saviour.
This may seem a long way from what we often associate with Christmas. But many of the things we know and love about Christmas come from Christianity. Lights are symbolic in Christianity of Jesus, the ‘light of the world’. The original Santa Claus was a kindly Bishop known for his generosity. Even the race to Christmas No. 1 is a modern-day version of creating popular Christmas carols. And as for the turkey, chocolate, cakes and crackers on Christmas Day – well, why not? For Christians, Christmas is the biggest birthday in all of history and deserves the biggest party!
Browse our articles and watch the films to learn all about the Christmas story as the Bible tells it, and why Christians find it the most wonderful time of the year. And discover more about some of the traditions that make it so special. Maybe you could start by finding out what a Christingle is?Bookmark