15. Christmas Day
The Christmas season and all its activities are geared to the big
Dec. 25, which is Christmas Day. The word Christmas is derived from
English 'Christemasse' and Old English 'Cristes maesse,' both of which
'Christ's Mass.' The day is celebrated by Christians as the day that
Christ was born, although the true date of Jesus' birth isn't really
Given the religious significance of Christmas Day, it therefore
that attending church is a big tradition on that day. It is seen as
for devout Christians and for others who are concerned about retaining
sacred meaning of the day. Many people fear that the sacred aspects of
are being lost and overshadowed amid the bustle of commercial activity
associated with the entire season.
Church services therefore take place early on Christmas morning.
those services is the first official activity that many people do on
Day. Unlike the Midnight Mass and other earlier church services on
Eve, Christmas Day services do not usually include the dramatization of
birth of Jesus. They may be more subdued with a sermon that recounts the
of Jesus and his purpose to save mankind. The congregation is then
exalted to be
as giving as Jesus and to help out those who are in need.
Consequently, many people will take some time on Christmas Day to
volunteer in a charitable activity such as serving dinner to the poor and
at a church, charitable organization or other social services center.
will also work with charitable organizations to distribute toys to needy
children at shelters, hospitals and other places.
As part of the religious aspect of Christmas Day, groups that sing
carols will also be out very early on Christmas morning.
Although Christmas Dinner is the most significant meal of the day, a
breakfast will also be served in most households that will be shared by
family members. The occasion of all family members having a meal together
disappearing tradition in many American households and so Christmas is
seen as a
perfect time to return to the tradition. Christmas Day after all, is all
family, sharing and togetherness.
Throughout the day, greetings of 'Merry Christmas' will be exchanged by
telephone calls with family, friends, acquaintances, and loved ones who
located elsewhere in the country and overseas. It is a common occurrence
many people to be trying to make international calls to loved ones and
on Christmas Day that telephone communication systems to some countries
are overwhelmed. The availability of technology and the Internet eases
somewhat nowadays however, as emails and instant messaging can also be
other communication channels to exchange greetings on Christmas Day.
Christmas Day Dinner is undoubtedly the central activity of the day.
friends gathered for dinner take pleasure in enjoying and sharing a
meal and also are mindful and thankful for the opportunity to be able to
the meal, to have each other and for the material things that make their
comfortable and give them happiness.
Some of those material things are then shared in absolute delight as
will gather around or near to the Christmas tree after dinner to exchange
open Christmas presents. It's an activity that is relished and which is
with much laughter, happy chatter and merriment, especially by children
usually much delighted to get a toy that they had wished for.
After dinner and the exchange of presents, adults may have light
play games or even watch a movie. Children are often taken up with
or playing with their new toys. It has also become a tradition on
for members of some families, such as teenagers and young adults, to end
Christmas Day by attending the movie theater on Christmas evening or
night to see a recently released film.