Christmas - the birth of Christ

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Christmas is celebrated with joy and grandeur by Christians all over the world on the 25th of December. It starts from the 24th of December midnight. It signifies the birth of Jesus to Mary and Joseph.

Mary had been engaged to Joseph and she was carrying a baby through holy spirit. Both Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem to get registered. While they were there it was time for Mary to deliver the child. Since accomodation could not be found in the inn, Jesus was born in a manger. At this moment angels appeared to a group of shepherds and mentioned to them that the Lord was born that night in a manger. Hearing this the shepherds went looking for the newly born and they found Joseph and Mary. They told Mary and Joseph about what happened. The shepherds returned glorifying and praising the Lord.

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem wise men came from the east to Jerusalem asking where they could find the child who would be the king of Jews since they observed the star at it's rising and wanted to pay homage. The king of Herod secretely sent them to Bethlehem. The kings saw that the star they saw at it's rising lead them the way to where Jesus was born. The kings paid homage to Jesus and offered gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Christmas is celebrated with friends and family. Christmas trees are decorated with ornaments and lights. Houses are decorated and lighted. People go to the church on the night of the 24h for the midnight mass and offer prayers to the Lord. Carols and songs are sung in praise of Lord Jesus. On the day of Christmas people exchange gifts. Kids believe that Santa Claus comes from the North pole through the chimney, on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, with gifts they had wished for and leaves the gifts under the Christmas tree on the night of 24th. Santa is portrayed as an overweight, bearded, jolly man dressed in a red suit with white trim. He greets people with a "Ho Ho Ho". In the western countries a huge Christmas tree is placed at an important location in the city. Cultural events are held during the period. The cities are decorated with lights and wear a festive look during the holidays. Santa Claus is seen in the shops and gatherings.

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