The Holidays are here once again. As Christians the world over celebrate the birth of Christ every 25th of December each year, families and friends distribute gifts as part of the Christmas tradition. Many of them will attend church services on the days leading to Christmas and on the Eve, and later gather to have Christmas dinner with the entire family.
During the festive Holidays we not only observe the humble birth of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem, we also celebrate the events surrounding Christ's birth, like the angel's appearance to the shepherds who were keeping watch over their flock. Also how the Three Wise Kings visited the newborn Christ and His Virgin Mother.
Throughout the centuries Christians have developed certain Christmas traditions, such as feasting, going to church services, christmas tree decorating, hanging lanterns and lights, and specially, gift giving.
One of the most prominent Christmas traditions, however, is the belief in Santa Claus. Specially among children. Many believe that this jolly tradition was inspired by Saint Nicholas of Myra, a fourth-century Christian figure known for being generous to the poor.
Many families have embraced the idea of Santa Claus, specially the children who believe Santa delivers gifts to good boys and girls on Christmas Eve.
To many Christians, Christmas embodies the spirit of giving. The Holidays is truly a most happy occasion, a festive season, and a time for families and friends to gather around in the spirit of unity and love.