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Why Celebrate Christmas?

Angel Major, Student Life Editor

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What is the true meaning of Christmas? Why do people celebrate it? Why is it such a big deal? Christmas is not such a big deal to me – it’s a waste of time.

Christmas is a holiday celebrated all over the world, and there are a wide variety of traditions and ways to celebrate it. Christians are said to celebrate Christmas as a day to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. No one knows the exact birth of Jesus Christ. In the Bible, it does not say the exact day in which Christ was born. It is a completely made up holiday – that is why I am so against it.  

A lot of places celebrate this holiday with giving presents and telling stories of a made up character known as Santa Claus, St. Nick or Kris Kringle to children. The tale is usually about a fat jolly old man dressed up in red flying to every house in the world to leave presents for the nice children and coal for the naughty ones. But why? Why do we tell our children about a made up tale of some stranger watching them and breaking into their houses to leave them gifts? It’s creepy. It’s weird. 

Why lie about it being about this made-up figure if it’s supposed to be about the birth of a being that is so sacred in the Christian community? Lying about one figure to say the holiday is about him when actually it is about another figure can cause confusion in children. Once they find out that Santa is not real, how can they believe that Jesus is real?

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Why Celebrate Christmas?