We Wish You a Merry Christmas! Know the Meaning of Christmas

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December 25, 2019

Christmas is upon us once again, and people around the world, young and old, are looking forward to the day. There’s shopping, gifts and parties. The myriad activities associated with the season are the things that make the holiday special.

What is the Real Meaning of Christmas?

What does Christmas mean to you? Is it the presents you give and receive? Or is it the Christmas decorations, the Christmas cards, and sumptuous dinners? You hear people exchanging Christmas greetings, whether they know each other or not.

The meaning of Christmas differs from person to person. It may be a joyous occasion for many people. But not all people are happy around Christmas time. Some people want to do something special for Christmas but do not have extra cash to purchase presents. Some people are sad as they cannot be with their family because of work or geographical distance.

Christmas is a season of joy because God showers everyone with His love. The holiday is a time to heal and renew one’s strength. Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, an occurrence that prophets foretold hundreds of years before the actual coming of Christ.

Christmas is a time of giving and sharing. Moreover, it is a time to give thanks for the blessings a person gains throughout the year.

Some Things About Christmas Worth Knowing

The origin of the word ”Christmas” differs as well. According to some dictionaries, Christmas came from late Old English. Other dictionaries say that it is a 12th-century word. The old forms of the name include christmasse and cristes masse, which both means the mass of Christ or the festival of Christ. The festival replaced several pagan festivals held midwinter. At that time, the church was trying to convert the Romans to Christianity.

The word ”merry” in the traditional greeting of ”Merry Christmas” originally meant agreeable or pleasing. In the 14th century, the meaning became ”good cheer” as a result of being drunk.

If you are one of the people who do not like the use of the letter X, as in Xmas, do not go crazy over it. Using the letter X dates back to ancient times. It represents “chi,” a Greek symbol that is the first letter in Christ’s name. In Greek, Christ’s name is written as Χριστός, pronounced as Christós.

One of the most recognized symbols of Christmas, Santa Claus is said to evolve from Saint Nicholas, a Christian saint.

Jingle Bells is one of the most popular Christmas songs. But would you believe that it was initially composed as a song for Thanksgiving? James Lord Pierpont wrote and published the song in 1857.

The first ”artificial” tree was made from green colored goose feathers. In the 19th century, the Germans invented the artificial Christmas tree to help curb deforestation.

These are just a few of the many interesting things to know about Christmas. Each country has its own beliefs and customs when celebrating Christmas, some of which you can understand through translation services.

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Let us make a recommendation for Chocolate and Champagne as a great way to celebrate the holiday.

We at at eTranslation Services join the world in celebrating Christmas. We are thankful for all the blessings we have received this year. The year has been wonderful, and we thank our global staff and our clients for contributing to our success.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope that you’ll have good health and plenty of blessings.

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