Cristale Adams is an online author and publisher. Her articles vary in topics and focus on real life. She always enjoys learning new things.
Top Seven Reasons Why Christmas is Magical!
There are many different reasons why Christmas is more magical, from the obvious to the not so obvious. This holiday season is the most unique of its kind and is highly popular with adults as well as children. Most people are celebrating this holiday earlier each year with Christmas trees being put up as early as Halloween. There is always a Christmas magic in the air that begins at the beginning of December and will linger until New Year's Eve. This list of the top 7 reasons why Christmas is magical and it only gets better with each passing year.
1. The True Meaning of Christmas Is LOVE
The first reason why Christmas is magical really isn't about decorating, parties, or gift-giving. Since the true and real meaning of Christmas is to celebrate our Lord and Savior Jesus, who is love, then the real meaning of Christmas is love.
Christmas is about doing nice things for family, friends, and even strangers. Christmas is about the love, peace, and joy that make this season so special. Studies have proven that many people are kinder, abundantly empathetic, generous, and increasingly compassionate during the Christmas season because it's the most wonderful time of the year!
2. The Christmas Tree Is Very Warming
Because it demonstrates the real meaning of Christmas. Since the real meaning of Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ, there are many different elements of Christmas traditions that represent this fact. The American Christmas tree traditions that represent the real meaning of Christmas can include:
- The Christmas tree represents the world during the time of Jesus's birth. The Christmas tree is usually an evergreen conifer with spruce, pine, or fur. The tree can also be artificial, traditionally made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The tree is decorated with festive lights, garlands, bulbs, and other Christmas décor.
- Lights that decorate the tree represent the stars that shine bright in the world during Jesus' birth.
- The star on top of the tree represents the earth's largest star, called the North Star. The North Star is what guided the shepherds and people to the place where Jesus was born so they could see him and bring him gifts.
- The bulbs that decorate the Christmas tree represent the villages that existed during Jesus' birth. Shepherds and people who lived in those villages traveled near and far to visit the newborn baby Jesus.
- The presents that are exchanged during Christmas represent the gifts that were brought to baby Jesus. These were special gifts that the shepherds and the people from the different villages brought to the newborn baby. The gifts were to show appreciation, acceptance, and love for the baby.
3. Christmas Snow Is Always Magical!
Snow and the magic of Christmas go hand in hand. The cold weather and snow are how the earth cleanses itself for a new year and for new life to begin, byways of death or hibernation. Playing in the snow is very fun; start with a snowball fight or build a snowman!
The snow looks amazing during the day or at night, as it glistens in the light like white diamonds. The snow also brings in a cold breeze with a special chill in the air that can only be experienced during Christmas, which may or may not be accompanied by a sweet aroma. There's nothing like going outside on Christmas morning with the smell of fresh Christmas snow and fireplaces burning. It is a great feeling and makes Christmas even better.
4. Yum, Christmas Treats Are the Sweetest
Christmas treats make the season that much more magical because this is the time when most people's diet and discipline take a vacation. Treats are the sweetest during Christmas because of the special once-a-year decorations, flavors, and spices. Unique scents and aromas fill the air as candy and sugar sales increase.
Some of the sweetest treats for Christmas include:
- Spiced/spiked eggnog
- Rice crispy treats
- Cakes and cupcakes
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5. The Surplus of Christmas Dinner :)
This elaborate holiday feast only happens once a year and is the most memorable dinner of the year besides Thanksgiving.
There are always traditional Christmas dishes prepared using seasonal recipes, and the leftovers from Christmas dinner are popular lunches during the week after. Many people will spend hours and sometimes days in the kitchen to prepare for a Christmas dinner.
Some of the most common foods for Christmas dinner are:
- Turkey or Ham
- Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Green Bean Casserole
- Dinner Rolls
- Cranberry Sauce
- Pies, Cakes, Cookies
6. A Kiss Under the Mistletoe, Mwuah!
The history of mistletoe can be traced back to the ancient Greeks when they would reconcile differences by kissing under the mistletoe. Kissing under the mistletoe during a holiday first began during the festival of Saturnalia, celebrated on December 17th to commemorate the year of work, and later in marriage ceremonies. The mistletoe is a parasite that will attach itself to a host, such as a tree or a plant, to absorb all the nutrients and water, and sunlight until the host eventually dies.
Many varieties of mistletoe are poisonous, and ingesting their toxic white berries is known to cause a variety of stomach problems. Some poison control centers send out "holiday safety" fliers every year to avoid mistletoe incidents. Mistletoe is a relative of sandalwood, but unlike sandalwood, mistletoe seeds are dispersed by berry-eating birds, allowing the plant to grow on branches high above the shade, freeloading on other trees' sunlight. Since mistletoe can be harmful, it is a tradition to kiss under it and admire it from afar. This only happens during Christmas.
7. Christmas Candles Smell Amazing
The different scents of the season always remind me of when I was a child, awaiting Christmas morning. Candles are an important aspect of Christmas, but the scented candles are unique. The candles really do smell like Christmas, from the scent of the tree to the aroma of goodies baking. These candles are also available in very vivid colors, like deep green and bright red.
Having some scented candles burning all day for Christmas Day can help to brighten the spirit since smells do affect the brain and memories. These candles are usually only sold during Christmas time!
The History of Christmas
Christmas is the most widely observed cultural holiday worldwide and is also known as Christ's Mass. This day is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ that took place approximately between 7 BC to 2 BC. The original date for the observation and celebration of Jesus' birth was January 7th, according to a historical Gregorian calendar.
The Greek Orthodox church was guided by a different calendar, called the Julian calendar, and therefore changed the date of observance to December 25th of each year. Although the exact date of Jesus' birth remains unknown today, it is still observed and celebrated on December 25th of each year.
The Romans celebrated Christmas during 345 AD with feasts, music, and festivities. Other countries began celebrating at later dates. To date, over 2 billion people worldwide celebrate this holiday on December 25th of each year.
Evidence states that on the day of Jesus Christ's birth, there were angels, shepherds, and people from other countries that traveled to see the newly born baby boy. They followed the North Star as a navigation tool to locate baby Jesus. As he laid in a manger with Mary and Joseph by his side, the traveling guests arrived bearing gifts for the child. Some did not have physical gifts for the newborn baby Jesus, so they played music instead. There are numerous Christmas songs and biblical stories that emphasize those facts.
On December 25th of each year, many people worldwide will come together to celebrate Christmas with traditions.
A Traditional American Christmas
Christmas festivities are celebrated each year in many different ways worldwide, varying by country, religion, and culture. Many historical Christmas traditions are followed by many people worldwide, while new traditions are created each year.
Every culture and every family has its own unique Christmas traditions that they follow every year, which makes them a tradition.
Examples of American Traditions
Some of the most popular Christmas traditions include:
- Decorating for Christmas, especially hanging lights on houses outside.
- Purchasing a Christmas tree, real or fake, big or small.
- Sending family. Christmas cards, sometimes with group pictures.
- Christmas gift exchange and playing games such as Left or Right or White Elephant.
- Leaving milk/eggnog and cookies out for Santa, then checking in the morning to see if they are gone.
- Hanging Christmas stockings, usually by the fireplace.
- Opening one small Christmas present before bed on Christmas Eve.
- Attending a special church service on Christmas Eve or Day, which is usually lengthy because there is a large worship and celebration volume.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Cristale Adams
Cristale Adams (author) from USA on January 10, 2019:
Thank you for reading! I hope everyone had a safe and merry Christmas.
Cristale Adams (author) from USA on January 10, 2019:
Thank you for reading!
Tori Leumas on October 09, 2018:
Great article! I love how you said that Christmas is about celebrating our Savior, Jesus Christ. I totally agree. I love Christmas. It is my favorite holiday.
Cristale Adams (author) from USA on October 08, 2018:
Thank you for reading and commenting on this article.
kirtidv2006 on September 26, 2018:
Beautifully explained. People are generally happy during christmas.
Ras Bahadur Rai from Kapan Kathmandu Nepal on September 03, 2018:
Cristale Adams (author) from USA on March 02, 2018:
Thank you for reading and commenting. My goal was to bring back those childhood memories and aromas from Christmases past.
Deborah Nessmith from Florida on December 07, 2016:
Well-written post. I love Christmas time, as a child we used to have Christmas parties at my grandmother's house before she past away. I can still remember the smells of cakes and pies baking for our Christmas dinner. However, those days are long past and the big family celebration has dwindled down to immediate family only. Although it's nice to celebrate with my siblings and parents, nieces and nephews; I miss the days of spending time with all my family.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 18, 2014:
i love christmas but never get to celebrate it after I was married
Joytotheworld on November 04, 2014:
Christmas really is a huge part of life. My memories of childhood and why I love this life so dearly largely revolve around Christmas. There is so much bad on the world. Christmas is a time to be kind to one another and to just be joyful and happy. The smell of a Christmas tree will always make me smile and close my eyes, feeling the warmth and coziness of years past.
Martin Kloess from San Francisco on December 04, 2012:
Thank you for sharing you thoughts on Christmas.
Jasmin from United Kingdom on December 04, 2012:
Lovely hub, christmas is by far my favorite time of the year! Did you mean to leave out Christmas in the poll :\ x