The holidays around the corner, many people around our world are preparing for various festivities. Based upon religion or other tradition and I asked myself again; Why do you celebrate Xmas?
A bit history and traditions
Researching and thus surfing around our virtual world, I dived once again into the history. I already knew that Christmas, originally had nothing to do with the birth of Jesus. The Christmas tree stems from the decorations of the Romans and Germans and Santa Claus was a figure, based upon Saint Nicholas or maybe even older; upon Odin.
However, regardless the historical reason or which religion you believe in; gifts and gathering together for a big festive meal has always been a tradition.
Lights and new beginnings
Another custom that seems to be recurring in all the stories, myths and religious based information is the use of lights. Back then, of course, by candles and nowadays all sorts of electrical lights. The reason varies: either to celebrate the birth of Jesus, or to celebrate Winter Solstice (the days will lengthen again daylight-wise).
While we are used to celebrate the New Year and thus a new beginnings at Silvester, it is originally both Winter Solstice and Christmas was about.
Why do you celebrate Xmas?
Since I am not religious, neither is my husband, we don’t celebrate Christmas for religious reasons. As woman of the Sun, as I like to label myself, I prefer to celebrate the fact that daylight will lengthen again and Spring is on its way. I do decorate with lights and candles and accessories which are probably not that traditional. The last years, I’ve been paying more attention to Winter Solstice: this year December 21, 16.58 hours.
In addition, I love to search for presents and give them away. Even more as receiving them. Last, but definitely not least, the holidays are a great opportunity to Connect. Off -or Online.
Do you know, why you celebrate Xmas?
ps: For many years we no longer have a real tree, because of our dogs. A bit too dangerous. However, it might also not a good idea thinking of our Climate troubles ; -)