The festive season is FUN, FUN, FUN.
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat and I for one am ready to ´stuff my face´, drink a lot of mulled wine and watch as much Premiership football as is possible.
Malaga looks super gorgeous at the moment, the street have been decorated, the lights are shining brightly and even my gym has a little Christmas tree with some scary dolls hanging from it. I love Christmas and all the silliness that you can get up to. At the weekend myself and my best friend set off some fireworks in a park, we were then chased by a pack of angry dogs, and finally I dressed up as an elf and went to work. If you´ve not seen me already, then this is your opportunity:click here
Christmas General Information:
Christmas or Christmas Day is a holiday observed generally on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. Although nominally a Christian holiday, Christmas is also widely celebrated by many non-Christians, and many of its popular celebratory customs have pre-Christian or secular themes and origins.
Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, music, an exchange of greeting cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various decorations such as Christmas trees, lights, garlands, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly. In addition, several similar mythological figures, known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas and Santa Claus, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season.
Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened spending among both Christians and non-Christians, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. Consequently the economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.
Nativity Scene: In many countries, a representation of the birth of Jesus is very popular.. Within some families, the pieces used to make the Nativity Scene are considered a valuable family heirloom.
Christmas Colours: The traditional colours of Christmas are green and red. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ that was shed at his crucifixion, while green symbolizes eternal life.
The Christmas Tree: The Christmas tree pre-dates the Christian festivities of Christmas and references can be found to it in some Roman celebrations. The tree should be evergreen symbolising the everlasting life that Jesus Christ brings, and should be decorated with fairy lights symbolising Christ as the light of the world.
Holly: The thorns of the holly bush have often been seen to represent the thorns of the ‘crown of thorns’ worn by Christ at his execution.
Mistletoe: Mistletoe is most certainly pagan in origin and formed an important role in the Druid mid-winter festivals. Mistletoe is by tradition not used to decorate Churches because of its association with paganism. Its white berries have been seen to symbolise the virginity of the mother of Christ. There are traditions of its fertility enhancing properties and it is traditional for those who meet under holly to kiss.