By Dino Jevric ’19 and Reem Hamaida ’19
The people of the world officially mark it “the most wonderful time of the year” on December 25. Christmas is an annual holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, and it is mostly celebrated by christians.
According to The Biblical Archaeology Society, Christmas was celebrated from the first century way before Jesus was born because the birth of Jesus was never stated in the Bible. The church adopted December 25 as Jesus Christ’s birthday in the fourth century. Originally people before Christ was born used to celebrate in December because they celebrated the winter solshe’s and they would bring evergreen trees into their houses and burn wooden logs for luck. After the greek bishop Nicholas died, the idea of santa came to be (good kids will be rewarded with presents while bad ones will have nothing) then as Christianity became more popular it wasn’t hard for the church to choose the 25 of December to celebrate.
Many of the traditions still stand, now on Christmas people decorate a Christmas tree, spend time with family at church and gift each other(or get gifted by “santa”). Although the holiday begun being celebrated for religious purposes, it was later celebrated by more than just Christians and became a time of cheer where anyone can celebrate.
Although Christmas is a holiday that has a religious aspect, many enjoy the time people get off work and school to spend with their families. In a way it’s a celebration to all!
“A little extra time with family and friends means a lot for people who do celebrate or don’t,” said Max Talov
Even though many people don’t celebrate Christmas, the holiday spirit is felt by many who don’t even celebrate the religious aspect of the holiday.
Carmen Hernandez, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority employee, said, “I think everyone is always happy on Christmas, its a sense of joy that makes you feel that way, is just being away from work that makes me happy.”
Some might tend to go overboard on Christmas decorations; however, at a time when most people are joyful is it really a bad thing to be extra on Christmas?
Stores tend to put out their Christmas products and decorations sometime by the end of October or beginning of November.
Because it’s such a widespread holiday, people seem to get carried away and start the decoration process way before the holiday season starts. Very big franchises such as Kohls, Marshalls and Macy’s started their holiday campaigns at the beginning of November.
Kendrick Browne, a Macy’s Herald Square employee said, “I’m a scrooge when it comes to Christmas. Most of my friends scold me because of it but it’s probably because I work at a place that’s known for its Christmas décor and the famous Thanksgiving Day parade.”
Others believe that getting an early start to the holiday season is the best way to start.
“I feel like Christmas is never too much. The more the merrier,” said Carmen Hernandez
Although Christmas is a holiday that has a religious aspect, many enjoy the time people get off work and school to spend with the families. In a way it’s a global celebration.
“Christmas is really special to me. I work throughout the year so Christmas is the only time I spend with my family,” said Hernandez
The holiday is a way for people to escape the real world and enjoy the little things in life… or sometimes big. According to www.ama.org, this year alone Americans are estimated to spend over six billion dollars on Christmas decorations. Are we going overboard? Or is it not enough?
Marcell Jacobs, an entrepreneur and economics teacher at New York University, said, “That’s way too much money for one holiday, people should really start saving their decorations for the next year.”
But this news doesn’t stop some folks from cloaking their homes with various colored lights and Christmas décor. Some streets are covered with holiday lights and inflatable figures from santa’s to snoopy’s. One woman’s house was so bright that the neighbors called the cops because they were so blinding and keeping them up at night.
David Shumaker is one of those people. Every year he covers his home in various colored lights, this year red white and blue.
“I wanted to make this year’s decoration a salute to my country. We’ve been through a whole lot this past year and I wanted to brighten up that dark tunnel… with these beautiful lights,” Shumaker said.
On average ninety-two percent of people celebrate Christmas according to www.pewforum.org, as a religious holiday or cultural celebration. Then there is the other seven percent of people who just let out a simple ‘bah humbug’. The factors that can lead up to the absence of celebration are religious practice or something as simple as holiday tunes.
People of different religions do not partake in the holiday because it interferes with their beliefs and religious practices. Different religions give Christmas a different perspective.
“I don’t celebrate Christmas, in my religion we believe that Jesus Christ is a prophet of god so therefore we don’t participate in the festivity,” said Sara Elshaer ’19
Christmas music is a way to enjoy the holidays just a little more for some of us. But some it so often that the songs become nails on a chalkboard. According to Evening Standard magazine, playing Christmas music too early can affect one’s mental health. People who work in places that play this music can find themselves being very unfocused and mind-drained.
Katrina Ivankhiv, a waitress at Joanne Trattoria in the upper west-side, said, “The music is really good for a while until you’ve had enough and it becomes exhausting and gives you major headaches to the point where you never want to hear them again.”
Some believe it’s never too early to start the Christmas festivities. So we better put up our Easter decorations before it’s too late.