An Essay Discussing The Christian Holidays Christmas And Holy Sunday. Compare/Contrast The Two And How They Effect The Religion And Modern American Society.

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Christianity EssayChristianity as a whole has many different holidays and "days of obligation", from The Sabbath, which occurs every seven days, to holidays like Christmas and Easter which are observed only once a year.Christmas is probably the most note able of all these. Not only is it observed by the Christians but it has become so ingrained in modern American society it is expected by all to receive a "Christmas break" in late December. Employers often give a Christmas bonus around the time to all of their employees, regardless of religious beliefs. The year's most noted holiday is celebrated on December 25th, both in homes and churches worldwide. The meaning for Christmas is to celebrate the birth of their Messiah, Jesus Christ. During the fourth century the Bishop of Rome set December 25th as Christ's birth date, though the exact birth date is note known. Some authorities claim that the choice of December 25th was made because it coincided with Chanukah, Mithraic's feast of the sun god, and the people of northern Europe's winter solstice feast. The winter solstice is the time of year in the Northern Hemisphere when the noon sun appears to be farthest south. Modern scholars believe Christ was actually born sometime in the spring, based upon data gathered from a roman census.Many note worthy symbols of Christmas time festivities are set up during late December. Evergreens or Christmas trees have long been adopted as the symbol of eternal life and are used for Christmas time decorations. The Christmas wreath represents everlasting life and the endless love of Christ. Kissing under mistletoe supposedly started out when early Roman enemies stopped fighting when they met under mistletoe. Holly is the most known Christmas greenery, and there are several legends about it. One is that Jesus' crown was made of holly, and the holly berries represented his blood. The Christmas tree, an evergreen trimmed with lights, decorations, and tinsel, is derived from a "paradise tree", or the tree in the Garden of Eden. The use of the Christmas tree began early in the 17th century, in Strasbourg, France, spreading from there through Germany and then into northern Europe. In 1841 Prince Albert introduced the Christmas tree to Great Britain, where from there immigrants brought it to the United States.For many gift giving is the most important aspect of the Christmas celebration. The beginning of gift giving during Christmas started from the three wise men, with their three gifts for the Christ child. Since then people have made up different things to tell their children where their Christmas presents came from. The historical Saint Nicholas was known in early Christian legends for saving storm-tossed sailors, standing up...

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