The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
Why is Christmas Day on 25th December?
It is believed that Jesus Christ is the Son of the God and we celebrate Christmas to remember his birth.
You will be surprised to know that ‘Christmas’ comes from the Mass of the Christ or Jesus. In a Mass Service the Christians remember that Jesus died for us and then later he again came back to life. This service was allowed to take place after sunset or before sunrise the next day. So the people had all midnight. This is how we get the name Christ-Mass, shortened to Christmas.
It doesn’t matter if people are Christians or not, they still celebrate the festival of Christmas with full enthusiasm. At this time all our friends and family come together and remember the good things which they have and feel lucky. Children are always very excited when Christmas is around the corner as they get and receive presents!
The Date of Christmas
No one exactly knows the real birthday of Jesus! There is no specific date given in the Bible, so why do we celebrate it on the 25th of December? There were many arguments amongst the early Christians as to when it should actually be celebrated! Even the birth of Jesus didn’t happen in the 1st year, but it was actually slightly earlier. Constantine was the first Christian Roman Emperor and it was during his rule that first Christmas was celebrated on 25th December 336. Then after few years, it was officially declared by Pope Julius 1 that Christmas would be celebrated on 25th of December.
There are numerous traditions and theories as to why we celebrate Christmas on 25th December.
A very early Christian tradition said that it was on 25th March that Mary was told that she would have a very unique baby. Nine months after the 25th March is the 25th December! Most of the Christians believed that on 25th March the world was made and it is the same day when Jesus died when he was an adult.
Christmas Traditions and Customs in Canada
We celebrate Christmas in a similar way as it is celebrated in other Western countries. It is an official holiday on 25th of December and some of the people take off on the afternoon of the 24th, which is the Christmas Eve Day.
All of you are aware that Canada is a multicultural country and that’s why there are many other holiday traditions which are observed throughout the year. Toronto and Montreal have large number of Jewish population and that’s why Hanukkah celebrations are very popular there.
How is Christmas celebrated in Canada?
On 25th of December, we celebrate Christmas in Canada with our family and friends at home. Everything related to retail and services is almost closed on this day and only the occasional convenience store is open.
On 24th December, that is the Christmas Eve, you will get the last chance complete your shopping for Christmas.
Santa Claus Parades
Most of the cities hold a Santa Claus Parade in the month of November and some of them are spilling over into December. You will be surprised to know that Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade holds the record for the longest standing children’s parade and has also successfully marched the jolly man across the town for more than a century.
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