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The Origin of Christmas

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Christmas literally means "Mass of Christ." Christmas holiday is a traditional holiday in the Christian Calendar.The festiva.The festival of Christmas takes place on 25th December.Every year on 25th Decemberate the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is also celebrated as a secular holiday throughout the world, even in countries with small Christians populations, like India.


The History of Christmas

The history of Christmas dates back to 2000 years ago.In ancient days the region Judea(now part of Israel),was ruled by the King Herod.In this city, God sent the angel Gabriel to a young woman living in the northern city of Nazreth.The girl's name was Mary and she was engaged marry Joseph.


The angel Gabriel told Mary: "Peace be with you! God has blessed you and is happy with you." Mary was very surprised by this request and what the angel meant. The angel said to her "Do not be afraid, God has been very kind to you.You will become pregnant by the Holy Spirit and give birth to a child and shall call his name Jesus. He will be the Son of God and his kingdom will never end. " Mary was very afraid but she trusted God. "Let It Happen as God wills." She said the angel. Gabriel also told Mary that her cousin Elizabeth, who everyone thought he was too old to have children, would have a baby boy whom God had chosen to prepare the way for Jesus.


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Mary says goodbye to his family and friends and went to visit her cousin Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah.Elizabeth was very happy to see Mary. She knew that Mary had been chosen by God to be the mother of his Son. An angel had told Zechariah that Elizabeth's baby would prepare people to accept Jesus. He was to be called John. Santa Claus Mary abode with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to Nazareth.


Joseph became concerned when he discovered that Mary was pregnant before her marriage had taken place. He wondered whether he should delay the wedding altogether. Then an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife." The angel said that Mary had been chosen by God to be the mother of his son and told Joseph that the baby would be the name of Jesus means "Saviour", as he would save people. When Joseph woke up, did as the angel told him to do and took Mary as his wife.


The land where Mary and Joseph lived as part of the Roman Empire. The Roman emperor wanted a list of all the citizens of the empire to make sure they paid taxes. He ordered everyone to return to the town where their families originally came from, and enter their names in a register (or census) there. Mary and Joseph have traveled a long distance (about 70 miles) from Nazareth to Bethlehem because Joseph's family is come here. Most people walked, but some lucky ones had a donkey to help carry items needed for the trip. Joseph and Mary traveled very slowly, because Mary's baby was due to be born soon.


When they reached Bethlehem, they had trouble finding a place to live. So many people had come to register their names in the census, that every house was full and every bed was taken in all of the Inns. The only shelter tthat they could was a cave or stable with animals. In this poor area Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Son of God. In those days it was the custom to wrap the baby in a long piece of fabric called "swaddling clothes". Jesus bed was the manger that the animals ate their hay from.


In the hills and the fields near Bethlehem, the shepherds tending their flock by night. As the new day begins, suddenly an angel appeared before them and the glory of God shone around them. The shepherds were very, very scared, but the angel told "Don't be afraid. I have good news for you and everyone. Today in Bethlehem a Saviour has been born for you. You will find the baby lying in a manger."


When Jesus was born, a brand new bright star appeared in the sky. Some elders in distant lands they saw the star, and guessed what it meant. They were very wise men who studied the stars and had read ancient writings that a new star appears when a great king was born. They tried to find the new king and give him gifts.


The Wise Men followed the star to the land of Judea, and when they came to the capital called Jerusalem began to ask people: "Where is the child who is born to be king of the Jews?" Herod, the king of Judea, heard and he was very angry to think that somebody might going to take his place as king. Herod sent for the Wise Men to come to him. He told them to go on the star up that they found the child king. He said: "When you have found him, let me know where he is, so that I can go and worship him ". But Herod did not tell them he was really a diabolical plan to kill the spirit of the new king.


The Wise Men followed the star towards Bethlehem (where it is said that the king would be born in the ancient writings). It seemed to stop and head straight down on the place where Jesus was.


The Wise Men came to the house where they lived is now Jesus and Mary, fell down and worshiped him. The Wise Men spread the gifts they had brought before Jesus. Gifts were gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Wise Men were warned in a dream, by God, do not return to Herod. So they returned to their home countries of Eastern Europe, which in different ways.


When the Wise Men had gone, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream. 'Get up,' the angel said, "take Jesus and Mary and flee to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, Herod is trying to kill Jesus." Joseph rose and took Jesus and Mary during the night and went to Egypt, where he stayed until Herod died.


When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Wise Men, he was enraged and ordered to kill all children two years of age in Bethlehem and its surroundings. This was to try and kill the new King, as his plan to find the location of the new king from the Wise Men had failed.


After Herod died, Joseph had another dream in which an angel appeared. The angel said "Arise, and take Jesus and Mary and return to Israel, for those who tried to kill Jesus died. "


So Joseph got up, took Jesus and Mary and they went back to Israel. But when he learned that the son of Herod was king of Judea, he was afraid to go there. So instead they went to Galilee, and lived in their old town of Nazareth.