THE THEORETICAL MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT CHRISTMAS
(A study of false beliefs about the true meaning of Christmas for Christians) Group 7
Angelica ReynanciaLouisse Marithae TanchingcoReyce Angelo ArabitRome Benzon Dela Cruz III-Diligent
Christmas plays as the best season every year. But first, what is Christmas? Christmas meaning "Christ's Mass" is an annual commemoration of the holy birth of Jesus Christ as the son of God and a widely observed cultural holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by millions of people around the world. Christmas has become such an important holiday for so many people around the world that it has developed its own traditions far beyond its original scope. Unfortunately, this means that many people have several misconceptions about Christmas and the events of Christ's birth. It is also considered to be a commemorated day to celebrate Christ’s birth. Meanwhile the birth year of Jesus is estimated among modern historians to have been between 7 and 2 BC, the exact month and day of his birth are unknown. His birth is mentioned in two of the four canonical gospels. By the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted in the East, although some churches celebrate on the December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which corresponds to January in the modern-day Gregorian calendar. The date of Christmas may have initially been chosen to correspond with the day exactly nine months after early Christians believed Jesus to have been conceived, or with one or more ancient polytheistic festivals that occurred near southern solstice (i.e., the Roman winter solstice); a further solar connection has been suggested because of a biblical verse identifying Jesus as the "Sun of righteousness". Christmas is a feast central to the Christian liturgical year; it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide, which ends after the twelfth night. Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season. The celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pagan, pre-Christian, Christian, and secular themes and origins. The researchers always give time for it. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, Christmas music and caroling, an exchange of Christmas cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, and Christ kind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore. Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world. But these are just some theoretical ideas of professionals. While these misconceptions are usually unintentional, they must still be careful not to add or subtract from God’s Word. The researchers pray that this series will help you pay closer attention as you read and study His Word, and that you will come to a deeper and more accurate understanding of the Bible. The typical story they hear repeated is: “It’s about 2000 years ago, the evening of December 25. Mary rides into Bethlehem on a donkey, urgently needing to deliver her baby. Although it’s an emergency, all the innkeepers turn them away. So they deliver baby Jesus in a stable. Then the angels sing...
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