Christmas is round the corner and we know we can’t control the excitement that runs in your veins. More than 160 countries celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus and Christmas is believed to be the biggest celebration for Christians. Oh wait! No.
Christmas is NOT the most important holiday of Christians! No no, now don’t pack your decorations. Christmas is definitely an important event but Easter is celebrated longer than Christmas. Christmas celebration lasts for a week or so whereas Easter is considered very sacred and goes on for two months. Never mind, let’s wear those red velvet Santa caps from our shop and wait for Santa to make the celebrations big.
Santa! Santa! Where is my favorite Panda?
Who actually is Santa Claus? The answer is quiet tricky. Let’s go back in time. In the fourth century there lived a Turkish bishop by the name St. Nicholas. He spent his life giving money to the poor and his favorite method was to secretly leave money in people’s stockings at night. He died on December 6 and we commemorate the day as St. Nicholas Day as well. Every year on, kids are instructed to leave their socks outside on the eve of December 6 so “St. Nick” could fill them with Candy, nuts, toys and fruits.
By 16th century Europeans got bored about the day yet loved the gifting tradition. So, they changed “St. Nick” to “Father Christmas”. 15th century writings portray him as a Partying dude mostly holidaying and merry making. When Dutch settlers emigrated to the U.S, they brought the story of “St. Nicholas” whom they called “SINTERKLASS”
In the U.S “St. Nick” became “Kris Kringle”. So “Father Christmas” and “Kris Kringle” brought gifts on Christmas not on December 6.
This Americanized and became what we globally know as “Santa Claus”. Ta-Da!!!
So, our dear Santa, a round–bellied, white- bearded old man,
Dashing thru the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O’er the field we go
Laughing all the way!!!
Lets talk about the three kings
It is believed that Caspar (or Gaspar), Melchior and Balthasar, the three kings from the east followed a large and bright star and travelled a long way to see baby Jesus with Gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Bible never mentioned “KINGS”. Bible says Magi came from east following a star looking for the King of Jews. Magi are wise men and not kings. Also, the number of Magi is never detailed in any writing. Furthermore, Bible says that the wise men arrived when Jesus was a young child not an infant in a manger or stable.
Since the number of gifts is mentioned as three in the Bible, scholars assume that the number of men should also be three. There aren’t any names of this three wise men but a mosaic, in the Basilica di Sant’Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy, contains the names Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasa.
Christmas is time for gifts! So baby Jesus also needs them. Have you bought our nativity sets with the trio of king figurines?
If no, stop and shop right away. If yes, let’s buy the ICON of Christmas.
Oh yes! It’s Christmas tree.
The most beloved traditions of Christmas is decorating a Christmas Tree, an evergreen conifer. We think that it’s been around forever but time to break the myth. It’s a very recent holiday tradition. Encyclopedia Britannica says, “The use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands to symbolize eternal life was a custom of the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. Tree worship was common among the pagan Europeans and survived their conversion to Christianity in the Scandinavian customs of decorating the house and barn with evergreens at the New Year to scare away the devil and of setting up a tree for the birds during Christmas time.” In the 18th century, German immigrants made this tradition famous in London. In her 13 years, Queen Victoria in her journal for Christmas eve in 1832, recalled how she had two trees with decorations in the drawing room and presents below it. Victoria and Albert popularized the Christmas tree when they were pictured with one in the Illustrated London News in 1848.
Are you ready to set our new Christmas Tree with some garlands, baubles, tinsel and some electric lights for this X-Mas?
Is it wrong to say X-Mas? Did you just panic for removing Christ’s holy name from the holiday and replacing with a simple alphabet X? Oh Jesus!!! Do not cry, Xmas is not against the son of God. The word Christ in Greek is written as “Χριστός.” If you notice the first letter is “X”, or Chi. Chi is also written as an X in the Roman alphabet. Therefore “Xmas” is a logical nick name.
So folks, awaiting for the gifts from Santa, let the decorations for Xmas begin!!!