Christmas Remains A Religious Holiday
Christmas is a day when Christians come together in a holy celebration to mark the birth of Jesus Christ, a savior of our world. Even though the actual birth date of Jesus is unknown, there is no clear documentation towards that. Christians, as well as religious scholars, declared December 25th as the day Christ was born. Christians all over the world mark this day with many festivities, including feasting, dancing, decorating houses, wearing costumes, giving gifts, as well as drinking. The etymology of Christmas shows that Christians observe this day as a religious holiday and that most sovereign states have come to declare it sacred. This is because it is a holiday linked to faith or religion, and it is recognized in the whole world.
There is a lot of argument as to whether Christmas should be considered a religious holiday or a secular holiday. Other religions claim that Christianity has received a lot of favor and privilege that they tend to think that they out rightly deserve what they ask for. The reason behind it rests on the ground that Christianity forms a larger percentage of religion worldwide. Consequently, when the day was observed as holy, nations found it’s difficult to change that day again into being a secular day. Ideally, other religions also have their special days, which they mark annually, like the Muslims who celebrate Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Therefore, it becomes difficult for nations to strike a balance between which religion should be given respect in observance of their holy day without favoring any.
In a real sense, it would not be easy to refer to Christmas as a secular day when actually the events surrounding it are all religious. The birth of Jesus Christ is recorded in the Holy Bible in the New Testament book of Mathew and Luke. The two holy books account that Jesus was born of Virgin Mary and Joseph as the father in Nazareth. However, the bible does not mention the actual date of birth of Christ, during the 4th century after the death of Christ, Pope Julius 1 set December 25th as a Christmas date. The main reason for this action was to sanctify the Pagan commemorations that were marked in December annually.
Christians have honored Christmas and taken it as a holy celebration where church members gather on that day for thanksgiving before marking the New Year. Unfortunately, some use the celebration to engage in unholy activities like alcoholism and immorality, this becomes hard for people to identify Christmas as holy.