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A Christmas Story

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Christmas is the season of joy, peace, and happiness. It is the special season, not just celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Though it was the original purpose, the celebration of Christmas has grown to become a symbolic time for living in peace and love.

Christmas is essentially a reminder of why we should stick to the deepest parts of our humanity. Through this celebration, we are reminded that we should share, give to the less privileged, spend time with loved ones, and have a positive outlook on life in general. Many people assume Christmas is strictly a Christian celebration, and they would be right if modern evidence is to be considered. However, with regards to its origin, this notion cannot be further from the truth. In ancestral beliefs, Christmas originated a few decades after the birth of Jesus in the old Roman Empire.

Christmas originated as the pagan celebration of the concept known as Saturnalia. This celebration was aimed at celebrating the return of the sun and the end of winter. The celebration is usually a week-long affair; it is marked by lawless activity and a system of penal exemption from lawless acts such as housing breaking. In the 4th century, Christians adapted the last day of Saturnalia to be the celebration of Christmas. The aim was to get the pagans to associate this period with positive things. Consequently, lots of pagans converted to Christianity on the promise that they could still celebrate their traditions today. Whether Jesus was actually born on the 25th of December is not substantiated by historical evidence.

Why do we celebrate Christmas?
Why do we go the extra mile to celebrate, give, and create an atmosphere of merriment?
The answers to these questions are numerous, but we will mention a few.

1. Christmas reminds us of the importance of giving and sharing with friends and family and with those who need our help.

2. Christmas shows the importance of joy and happiness.

3. Through Christmas, we know that Jesus' birth is the beginning of great things in the world.

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4. It is an opportunity to correct actions we aren’t proud of in our lives.

5. It is generally an opportunity to think about nature, the reason for our existence, and our purpose in this world.

After this, we are still not done; there is still a new year's celebration. We celebrate it because we are still standing through the years that we've been through. Even the days was so hard and harsh to us but still we are standing. After the silent war we did, we knew that there were still new days to come; maybe tomorrow will be a new day, a great day greater than this one. The best version of ourselves has already been discovered this year, and the best we can do is leave the past, be alive in the present, and look forward into the future to live happily and contentedly. The past is the past; it might be hard to forget, but if you don't try to leave it behind, you are still the one who will suffer from it. Every new year God has given us means we still have a chance to give love and hope to ourselves and to other people.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2022 Marie Joy Pollo Olantigue

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