Celebrating a Secular Christmas
. When you hear Christmas songs, instead of being grumpy (ever heard of Ebenezer Scrooge) smile and whistle along.Being cheerful during the Christmas season really will help in spreading Christmas spirit to those around you, plus it helps you enjoy it more too.Wish others a Merry Christmas if you know they celebrate Christmas.If youare not sure, just say Happy Holidays! Either way, you are spreading the holiday cheer.
Enjoy your country Christmas traditions
. Let yourself be a kid again and enjoy the holiday spirit.Whether it is leaving cookies out for Santa Claus, watching for Baba Noel out the window, or leaving your clogs by the fire for Sinterklaas, indulge in a little holiday tradition and give into the magic.
Decorate your house for Christmas
. The possibilities for decorating are nearly endless.Put Christmas lights on your house.Hang mistletoe in the doorways (particularly if you know that special someone is coming over,) hang a homemade wreath on your door, or put Christmas figurines like Santa or Rudolph out on your counters.
Buy and decorate a Christmas tree
. Go with your family to your local Christmas tree farm to cut your own or head to a lot selling pre cut Christmas trees.Pick out a Christmas tree that fits your house.After you have gotten your tree situated, wrap it in lights and begin hanging the ornaments.Do not forget to water it occasionally and safeguard it from pets!You can decorate your tree with family heirloom ornaments or try something new by decorating a tree with Star Trek or superhero themed ornaments, or with little trains, or with Disney characters for example.It is really up to you be as creative or traditional as you like.
Join up with friends and family
. For many people, Christmas is about gathering with friends and family to enjoy each others company and celebrate the holiday.The day is a national holiday and most folks get a day off work.Take advantage of this time to reconnect with friends and family.Create your own traditions or celebrate with the traditions that have been passed down in your family.
Invite your friends or family over for Christmas dinner
. Make it a potluck if you want to keep expenses (and the workload) manageable.The important thing is just to get together with people you love and make the winter a little warmer by sharing the warmth of caring with them.Consider making a traditional Christmas dinner complete with roast turkey, or create your own traditions by branching out and making whatever you want!
Go Christmas caroling
. Either have it at your home, go door to door, or go to an old folks home and do it.Learn some Christmas or seasonal songs, and sing! It is fun, and even if your voice is not great, hopefully, you wo not be singing alone you will get some cover from your more talented friends! If you can not go caroling for some reason, blast Christmas music throughout your house, while youare wrapping presents, or during your Christmas party.
Watch Christmas movies
. Have a movie night during which you invite friends or family over and serve hot apple cider and popcorn or cocoa and cookies.Play Christmas movies like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, It is a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story or any number of other seasonal movies.
Do a generous act
. This is in the spirit of spreading joy, kindness, beauty and love during the Christmas season.Maybe you can volunteer at a homeless shelter, or maybe you could help with a local toy drive or food drive for those who have less than you do.
Consider giving gifts wrapped in lovely wrapping paper
. You do not have to spend big bucks on gifts small tokens are fine.Some families enjoy giving gifts to one another to show their appreciation for one another.You can buy gifts or make them yourself.Learn how to become an expert gift wrapper here.Gather around the Christmas tree with your family on Christmas morning and exchange gifts.Or, sit by the fire with your loved one and enjoy Christmas together.
Do something fun with your family outdoors
. Head down to the beach or the local park.In colder areas, go sledding or build a snowman! If there is no snow, bundle up and go on a crisp walk or hike with your loved ones.It is always great to get out of the house and breath in the fresh air.If you live in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or other countries in the Southern Hemisphere, your Christmas is likely to be a warm one.This gives you the opportunity to get outdoors and appreciate the beauty of nature and enjoy some of your Christmas Day swimming, walking, resting on the grass or playing a game outside together.Be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat!
Deal with Scrooges gracefully
. If someone says Let us cancel Christmas or something else negative, simply say something disarming, like, Sorry you do not enjoy this holiday.You are still welcome to come and join us for the day if you have not got anyplace else to go.The Scrooge issues that will prevent him or her from celebrating may keep him or her from accepting your invitation, or may cause him or her to accept, but make frequent disparaging remarks.Just blow them off as kindly as possible and continue your celebration, showing compassion to the poor Scrooge.
Reflect on the reason for Christmas
. If You are not sure about it or You are rusty on the background, do some research.In the Bible, you can find the Christmas story in the Gospel according to Luke, Chapters 1 and 2, as well as the Gospel according to Matthew Chapters 1 and 2.Consider reading these chapters aloud as part of your family holiday.Ask members of the family for their own impressions of the stories given, to personalize their understanding.Talk to children regularly about the meaning of Christmas and tell them the stories about Christmas.Find beautiful illustrations to accompany the Bible stories to capture their interest.
Invite God to come and celebrate the day with you
. Some people choose to do this by attending a Christmas Eve service.Some do it by sitting before the Christmas tree and silently inviting God to just be with them.However you decide to do it, for the Christian, making God a part of your day is vital.
Spend time quietly being thankful for the gift of Jesus to the world that we celebrate on Christmas
. This is the day that Christians have set aside to celebrate the beginning of the greatest gift mankind has ever received.Coming into the Christmas season with a grateful heart is essential if you really want to make the extension from Jesus giving of His amazing gift to your giving and receiving.
Create your own nativity scene
. A beautiful way to celebrate Christmas is to create a nativity scene within your house or on your front yard.If you have children, ask them to help you.They will love making the little angels and other figures.If you Do not have the ability to create your own nativity scene, consider attending a Nativity play at your local school or church.
Involve your children in your family traditions
. Wherever you live in the world, teach your kids your family is traditions at a young age.There is something about Christmas time that is absolutely magical to children.
Tell your kids Christmas stories
. You can do this by reading to them, telling them stories before bedtime, or watching Christmas movies with them.A great idea is to buy a book about all the Christmas traditions around the world.This will give your children an opportunity to learn about other cultures traditions.
Help you children believe Santa Claus
. Explain who Santa is and how he is going to come visit your house.To really help your children belief in Santa, help them leave cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve.When they are asleep, eat the cookies, leaving some crumbs as evidence and drink the milk (if any was left out.) If your child leaves Santa a note, create a note from Santa thanking your child or answering questions that he or she may have asked.Make sure you write the letter in a different handwriting than your normal one.You can also leave carrots out for the flying reindeer.Have your kids leave carrots out for the reindeer and when theyare asleep, nibble on the carrots, leaving some gnawed pieces behind as evidence.
Decorate Christmas cookies
. Whip up a batch of sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies and have your children decorate them (heck, you can decorate them too!) Your kids will love making their cookies into colorful, delicious creations.
Show your children how to hang stockings by the hearth
. If this is part of your Christmas tradition, your children will love the anticipation of hanging their stockings by the fire and waiting for Santa.A cute idea is, when your children are asleep, to fill their stockings and then take them off the hearth and leave them at the foot of their bed.In the morning, ask them to bring their stockings into your room and you can all open your stocking gifts on your bed.
. Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed generally on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.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 public holiday in many of the world nations, is celebrated culturally by a large number of former or non Christian people, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.While 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 currently corresponds to January 7 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 compound word originating in the term Christ Mass.It is derived from the Middle English Cristemasse, which is from Old English, a phrase first recorded in 1038 followed by the word Cristes messe in 1131.Crist (genitive Cristes) is from Greek Khristos, a translation of Hebrew and m
. The Chronography of 354 AD contains early evidence of the celebration on December 25 of a Christian liturgical feast of the birth of Jesus.This was in Rome, while in Eastern Christianity the birth of Jesus was already celebrated in connection with the Epiphany on January 6.The December 25 celebration was imported into the East later in Antioch by John Chrysostom towards the end of the 4th century, probably in 388, and in Alexandria only in the following century.Even in the West, the January 6 celebration of the nativity of Jesus seems to have continued until after 380.In 245, Origen of Alexandria, writing about Leviticus 12.1 8, commented that Scripture mentions only sinners as celebrating their birthdays, namely Pharaoh, who then had his chief baker hanged (Genesis 40 20 22), and Herod, who then had John the Baptist beheaded , and mentions saints as cursing the day of their birth, namely Jeremiah (Jeremiah 20 14 15) and Job In 303, Arnobius ridiculed the idea of celebrating the birthdays of gods, a passage cited as evidence that Arnobius was unaware of any nativity celebration.Since Christmas does not celebrate Christ birth as God but as man, this is not evidence against Christmas being a feast at this time.The fact the Donatists of North Africa celebrated Christmas may indicate that the feast was established by the time that church was created in 311.Many popular customs associated with Christmas developed independently of the commemoration of Jesus birth, with certain elements having origins in pre Christian festivals that were celebrated around the winter solstice by pagan populations who were later converted to Christianity.These elements, including the Yule log from Yule and gift giving from Saturnalia, became syncretized into Christmas over the centuries.The prevailing atmosphere of Christmas has also continually evolved since the holiday inception, ranging from a sometimes raucous, drunken, carnival like state in the Middle Ages, to a tamer family oriented and children centered theme introduced in a 19th century reformation.Additionally, the celebration of Christmas was banned on more than one occasion within certain Protestant groups, such as the Puritans, due to concerns that it was too pagan or unbiblical.
Relation to concurrent celebrations
. Prior to and through the early Christian centuries, winter festivals especially those centered on the winter solstice were the most popular of the year in many European pagan cultures.Reasons included the fact that less agricultural work needs to be done during the winter, as well as an expectation of better weather as spring approached. Many modern Christmas customs have been directly influenced by such festivals, including gift giving and merrymaking from the Roman Saturnalia, greenery, lights, and charity from the Roman New Year, and Yule logs and various foods from Germanic feasts.Pagan Scandinavia celebrated a winter festival called Yule, held in the late December to early January period.As northern Europe was the last part to Christianize, its pagan traditions had a major influence on Christmas there, an example being the Koleda, which was incorporated into the Christmas carol.Scandinavians still call Christmas Jul.In English, the word Yule is synonymous with Christmas, a usage first recorded in 900.
. Christmas Day is celebrated as a major festival and public holiday in countries around the world, including many whose populations are mostly non Christian.In some non Christian countries, periods of former colonial rule introduced the celebration (e.g.Hong Kong) in others, Christian minorities or foreign cultural influences have led populations to observe the holiday.Countries such as Japan, where Christmas is popular despite there being only a small number of Christians, have adopted many of the secular aspects of Christmas, such as gift giving, decorations, and Christmas trees.Countries in which Christmas is not a formal public holiday include Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bhutan, Cambodia, China (excepting Hong Kong and Macao), Comoros, Iran, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Mongolia, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Yemen.Christmas celebrations around the world can vary markedly in form, reflecting differing cultural and national traditions.
Commemorating Jesus birth
. Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary as a fulfillment of the Old Testament Messianic prophecy.The Bible contains two accounts which describe the events surrounding Jesus birth.Depending on one perspective, these accounts either differ from each other or tell two versions of the same story.These biblical accounts are found in the Gospel of Matthew, namely Matthew 1 18, and the Gospel of Luke, specifically Luke 1 26 and 2 40.According to these accounts, Jesus was born to Mary, assisted by her husband Joseph, in the city of Bethlehem.
. The practice of putting up special decorations at Christmas has a long history.In the 15th century, it was recorded that in London it was the custom at Christmas for every house and all the parish churches to be decked with holm, ivy, bays, and whatsoever the season of the year afforded to be green.The heart shaped leaves of ivy were said to symbolize the coming to earth of Jesus, while holly was seen as protection against pagans and witches, its thorns and red berries held to represent the Crown of Thorns worn by Jesus at the crucifixion and the blood he shed.
Music and carols
. The earliest extant specifically Christmas hymns appear in 4th century Rome.Latin hymns such as Veni redemptor gentium, written by Ambrose, Archbishop of Milan, were austere statements of the theological doctrine of the Incarnation in opposition to Arianism.Corde natus ex Parentis (Of the Father love begotten) by the Spanish poet Prudentius (d.413) is still sung in some churches today.In the 9th and 10th centuries, the Christmas Sequence or Prose was introduced in North European monasteries, developing under Bernard of Clairvaux into a sequence of rhymed stanzas.In the 12th century the Parisian monk Adam of St.Victor began to derive music from popular songs, introducing something closer to the traditional Christmas carol.By the 13th century, in France, Germany, and particularly, Italy, under the influence of Francis of Asissi, a strong tradition of popular Christmas songs in the native language developed.Christmas carols in English first appear in a 1426 work of John Awdlay, a Shropshire chaplain, who lists twenty five caroles of Cristemas, probably sung by groups of wassailers, who went from house to house.
. A special Christmas family meal is traditionally an important part of the holiday celebration, and the food that is served varies greatly from country to country.Some regions, such as Sicily, have special meals for Christmas Eve, when 12 kinds of fish are served.In the United Kingdom and countries influenced by its traditions, a standard Christmas meal includes turkey or goose, meat, gravy, potatoes, vegetables, sometimes bread and cider.Special desserts are also prepared, such as Christmas pudding, mince pies, and fruit cake.In Poland and other parts of eastern Europe and Scandinavia, fish often is used for the traditional main course, but richer meat such as lamb is increasingly served.In Germany, France, and Austria, goose and pork are favored.Beef, ham, and chicken in various recipes are popular throughout the world.The Maltese traditionally serve Imbuljuta tal Qastan, a chocolate and chestnuts beverage, after Midnight Mass and throughout the Christmas season.Slovaks prepare the traditional Christmas bread potica, buche de Noel in France, panettone in Italy, and elaborate tarts and cakes.The eating of sweets and chocolates has become popular worldwide, and sweeter Christmas delicacies include the German stollen, marzipan cake or candy, and Jamaican rum fruit cake.As one of the few fruits traditionally available to northern countries in winter, oranges have been long associated with special Christmas foods.Eggnog is a sweetened dairy based beverage traditionally made with milk and or cream, sugar, and whipped eggs (which gives it a frothy texture).Spirits such as brandy, rum or bourbon are often added.The finished serving is often garnished with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon or nutmeg.
. Christmas cards are illustrated messages of greeting exchanged between friends and family members during the weeks preceding Christmas Day.The traditional greeting reads wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, much like that of the first commercial Christmas card, produced by Sir Henry Cole in London in 1843.The custom of sending them has become popular among a wide cross section of people with the emergence of the modern trend towards exchanging E cards.Christmas cards are purchased in considerable quantities, and feature artwork, commercially designed and relevant to the season.The content of the design might relate directly to the Christmas narrative with depictions of the Nativity of Jesus, or Christian symbols such as the Star of Bethlehem, or a white dove which can represent both the Holy Spirit and Peace on Earth.Other Christmas cards are more secular and can depict Christmas traditions, mythical figures such as Santa Claus, objects directly associated with Christmas such as candles, holly and baubles, or a variety of images associated with the season, such as Christmastide activities, snow scenes and the wildlife of the northern winter.There are even humorous cards and genres depicting nostalgic scenes of the past such as crinolined shoppers in idealized 19th century streetscapes.Some prefer cards with a poem, prayer, or Biblical verse while others distance themselves from religion with an all inclusive Season greetings.
Why is Christmas Day on the 25th December
. No one knows the real birthday of Jesus! No date is given in the Bible, so why do we celebrate it on the 25th December.The early Christians certainly had many arguments as to when it should be celebrated! Also, the birth of Jesus probably did not happen in the year 1AD but slightly earlier, somewhere between 2BC and 7BC (there is not a 0AD the years go from 1BC to 1AD!).The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336AD, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor).A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th December.There are many different traditions and theories as to why Christmas is celebrated on December 25th.A very early Christian tradition said that the day when Mary was told that she would have a very special baby, Jesus (called the Annunciation) was on March 25th and It is still celebrated today on the 25th March.Nine months after the 25th March is the 25th December! March 25th was also the day some early Christians thought the world had been made, and also the day that Jesus died on when he was an adult.December 25th might have also been chosen because the Winter Solstice and the ancient pagan Roman midwinter festivals called aturnalia and Dies Natalis Solis Invicti took place in December around this date so it was a time when people already celebrated things.
The History of Christmas Trees
. The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and Christian) for thousands of years.Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come.The Romans used Fir Trees to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia.Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God.Nobody is really sure when Fir trees were first used as Christmas trees.It probably started about began 1000 years ago in Northern Europe.Many early Christmas Trees seem to have been hung upside down from the ceiling using chains (hung from chandeliers lighting hooks).Other early Christmas Trees, across many part of northern europe, were cherry or hawthorn plants (or a branch of the plant) that were put into pots and brought inside, so they would hopefully flower at Christmas time.If you could not afford a real plant, people made pyramids of woods and they were decorated to look like a tree with paper, apples and candles.Sometimes there were carried around from house to house, rather than being displayed in a home.It is possible that the wooden pyramid trees were meant to be like Paradise Trees.These were used in medieval German Mystery or Miracle Plays that were acted out in front of Churches on Christmas Eve.In early church calendars of saints, 24th December was Adam and Eve day.The Paradise Tree represented the Garden of Eden.It was often paraded around the town before the play started, as a way of advertising the play.The plays told Bible stories to people who could not read.
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. If this were a list about strange monarchs, Peter the Great would top the list. Peter the Great was the Czar of Russia in the 18th century. Seeing how backwards Russia was, he decided to tour Western Europe in order to find ways to modernize his coun
. Due to elegance of English ivy it become the best choice for indoor plants and it gels into furniture decor. Plus, it's super easy to start a new plant for yourself or a friend by cutting a section of the stem. English Ivy likes moist soil and cool
Rules to play Hiking
. Be environmentally aware. Natural environments that facilitate great Hiking experiences are being threatened enough as it is so do not add to this. Do not damage any flora and fauna that you may encounter.Do not litter. Take all your waste with you a
Benefits of Cumin
. Cumin helps to lower blood sugar levels and thus helps in maintaining proper blood content levels in the body. This is a great boon for people suffering from Diabetes. Cumin seeds are not a commonly allergenic food and are not known to contain measur
Sunil Bharti Mittal
Lets hear some facts it in his own words
. Practice is the real thing, rest is all theory. I didnt go to a B school, instead learnt lessons on the streets and at every opportunity, tried to assimilate, gather and absorb some of the practices that were required to create an enterprise.I dream
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How does someone win
. White elephant is a game where everyone wins because each person ends up with a present and the party itself is a gift of fun.
Beat The Heat
Have pool party
. It is a perfect time to have a pool party. Have it late evening and cool yourself with friends over a number of interesting mocktails and salads.
Rules to play Yoga
. Kundalini yoga is an ancient practice designed to bring forth the Kundalini, or reservoir of energy, stored at the base of the spine. Through the use of breath, posture, chanting and meditation, this energy is stimulated and consciously directed thro
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Product in search results
. Before committing to a purchase, take the time to inspect item listings and seller profiles. Click on the name or image of any product in search results to see its full listing. Sellers often provide descriptions of the item, or include a list of fea
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Another Case of a Pop of Neon
. Here is another example of what a pop of neon could to the final look of your nails. The color applied here too is a dull grey, no doubt with a certain shine that somewhat enhances the loveliness of the nail color. But with the pop of neon designed i
Benefits of Gooseberry
. The anti inflammatory properties in amla juice help in reducing the swelling in the joints caused by arthritis. By reducing inflammation, it also protects and eases the tissues of the digestive tract. A teaspoon of powdered dried Amla mixed with 2 te
U S interstate highway system
. The Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways, inaugurated in June 1956 by the Federal-Aid Highway Act, is a 41,000-mile (66,000-kilometer) network linking 90 percent of the major cities whose population exceeds 50,000 and many o
What to Eat in punjab
. Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. It has a cooling, slightly bitter, and astringent
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Most Ridiculous Chocolate Flavours
Raspberry pink pepper truffles
. Truffles loaded with raspberry puree with a hint of ground pink peppercorns.
Choose a licensed and professional rafting outfitter
. When shopping for an outfitter, ask them questions. See how long they have been in business under the current ownership. Ask them what kind of training their guides have and what government entity manages their outfitters permit and training practi
Precautions while using Oxygen Therapy
Oxygen therapy while on aircraft
. In the United States, most airlines restrict the devices allowed on board aircraft. As a result passengers are restricted in what devices they can use. Some airlines will provide cylinders for passengers with an associated fee. Other airlines allow p
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Instant Radiance Check your expression
. Whenever you remember (and especially during periods of intense concentration), check whether you have slipped into bad facial habits. Are you frowning? Is your jaw clenched? Do the sides of your mouth pull downward? Donít judge, just notice, then sm
. Doctor Maulana Karenga, a Professor at California State University in Long Beach, California, created Kwanzaa in 1966. It is a holiday celebrated by millions of African Americans around the world, encouraging them to remember their African heritage a
Tips to succeed in an Interview
Remember your body language
. It is not what you say, but how you say it. During the interview, do not fold your arms and lean back or look to the floor! Sit upright and try to maintain good eye contact. Use your hands and lean forward when making a point. Many people cannot thin