Christmas Traditions Clarified

Posted on December 4, 2017 by

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Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus of Nazareth was a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of Christianity.

Popular customs of Christmas include exchanging gifts, decorating a Christmas tree, attending church, sharing meals, and waiting for Santa to arrive with ample gifts.

Many students in the Fleetwood Area School District celebrate Christmas, but how many actually know what certain, simple traditions mean? Some examples of these traditions are the Christmas tree and getting up early Christmas morning.

The Christmas tree is a part of a long tradition involving evergreen trees. Evergreen trees represent the nature of life, even in the cold, dying winter. The Germans were among the earliest Christians to adopt the use of decorated trees.

Many people have different meanings of Christmas.

“[Christmas is about] getting together with family, especially family that lives far away because you don’t get to see them a lot. And the excitement of Christmas definitely fades away once you get older, this is why you need kids around to bring the Christmas spirit back,” English teacher Ms. Debra Mahnken said.

Mrs. Sarah Wilkinson, another English teacher at Fleetwood, said her meaning of Christmas is “spending time with family.”

“Christmas does fade away once you get older, but now that I have my child, it makes it more exciting again. I must wake up bright and early at 6:30 a.m. on Christmas morning,” Wilkinson said.

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