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Where do Italians celebrate Christmas?
Home is where Christmas is celebrated by Italians. The Italian people are strong in their commitment to family and friends. Holidays and important events are recognized and honored in the place that's most important to the Italian: the home.
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to remember when Jesus was born
There are many non-religious people out there and think of Christmas as a time of getting gifts for people. For religious people, it is the birth of Christ. The star on th…e top of the tree is based on the star that led all of the shepherds to the inn that Mary and Joseph stayed in to have Jesus. Many people also put angels on top of the tree.
The people who contribute to WikiAnswers come from many different religions and cultures, and they do not all celebrate Christmas, since they are not all Christians. But for m…ost mainstream Christians, December 25th is celebrated as the birthday of Jesus (although some historians note he was probably born in the spring or late summer), and it is one of the happiest holidays in the Christian faith, since it is supposed to commemorate the birth of the savior. There are some Christians who do not believe in celebrating Christmas-- most notably Jehovah's Witnesses, and others believe the holiday has become too commercial, and that its religious meaning has been lost. Some Christians observe the holiday by doing volunteer work at an agency that feeds the poor; others have a tree and exchange gifts.
Answer 1 Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ! _________________________________________ Answer 2 While the first answer is cor…rect, it is not entirely true. Christmas was actually a pagan tradition called Winter Solstice and had absolutely nothing to do with Christ. Winter Solstice was celebrated in December every year by pagans for hundreds of years before Christianity even existed. Christianity was losing the battle against global religious domination, mostly due to the popularity of Islam, Judaism and Paganism. So, instead of persecuting the pagans, they instead began to accept them, to an extent. Pagan festivals were deemed "ungodly" by the Christian church, however, ironically, almost every Christian tradition actually has pagan roots. Christmas being the biggest. The Christian church adopted the pagan Winter Solstice festival and changed the name to "Christ's Mass", claiming it was the day Jesus was born. However, the bible makes absolutely no reference of the date Jesus was apparently born. The Winter Solstice celebrated astronomy (science) rather than religion. Specifically the sun, when it appears at its lowest altitude at noon above the horizon. Similar traditions to Winter Solstice have been practised by prehistoric and neolithic man, as evidence shows. In modern times science has shown that Winter Solstice affects the fertility and mating patterns of animals and humans, making conceiving a baby twice more likely, as a result of astronomical movements. So there you have it. Christmas's true meaning, Winter Solstice. Not the birth of Christ (because we don't actually know when he was born).
Chistmas is a Christian holiday which is celebrated on December 25.
A majority of Italians are Roman Catholic. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Many Italians hold this belief and celebrate Christmas for their Lord and… Savior.
Only about 1/3 of the worlds population is Christian so celebrations of Christmas are limited to areas where they are present - primarily Europe, North and South American, par…ts of Africa and Australia. Christmas may be celebrated as a secular or commercial activity in some other areas. Many Muslim countries would have no Christmas celebrations. In countries where Christians are a minority, local communities and families may have private Christmas celebrations where ever they live.
Christmas is the most important festival in the whole of the religion of Christianity, and is one of the most widely celebrated festivals all over the world. It is celebrated …on the 25th December. It celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of God.
Many people around the world celebrate Christmas by giving gifts, decorating, and having a special Christmas meal with their families. Children look forward to the arrival… of the gift giver (Santa). In addition, many countries have special customs and traditions, and many Christians attend special Mass or church services to celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. Let's visit some places around the world: In Spain, Christmas is deeply religious. It begins on December 9th with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Almost every home has a Nativity scene, and families gather around it on Christmas Eve. Bonfires are popular on December 28, which is the Feast of the Innocents, and one young boy acts as the mayor. He orders townspeople to do chores, like sweeping the streets, and refusal to comply results in fines that are used to pay for the celebration. Children receive gifts on the Feast of Epiphany (January 6). The night before, they fill their shoes with straw, carrots, and barley for the Wise Mens' horses and leave them on windowsills on January 6th. Canada and the United States celebrate Christmas similarly. Homes and businesses are decorated with a variety of decorations, including Christmas trees, wreaths, and lights. Children look forward to Santa arriving on Christmas Eve, and a special Christmas meal is eaten and gifts are exchanged on Christmas Day. Many attend special Christmas parties and activities, as well as church services and Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Christmas is celebrated in Ghana from December 20 to the first week of January with lots of activities and visiting with friends and family in other parts of the country. On Christmas Eve, there are church services that have drumming and dancing. Children often put on a nativity or other drama, and a choir comes out to sing while people dance. Songs are sung in the language that is understood the best, since there are 66 languages spoken in the country. Sometimes, the singing and dancing lasts all night long. Churches are full on Christmas Day, and traditional clothing is worn to the services. After church, people go home to exchange gifts and have a Christmas meal that traditionally includes stew or okra soup, porridge and meats, rice and a yam paste called 'fufu'. Some people celebrate Christmas Eve with fireworks and parties, and some go to church on December 31 to thank God for sending Jesus and to pray for a good and safe new year. Those who died the previous year are remembered. In Mexico, Christmas is celebrated from December 12th to January 6th. Children perform "Posadas," which are depictions of Mary and Joseph traveling and asking for room at the Inn, from December 12th to Christmas Eve. They carry candles and painted clay figures of Mary riding on a donkey and Joseph, and call on the houses of neighbors and friends. They sing a song asking for a room at the house, but hey are turned away. Eventually, they are welcomed in, and they say a prayer of thanksgiving and have a party with food, games, and fireworks. Manger scenes called 'Nacimiento' are popular in Mexico. Christmas trees are becoming more popular. The Poinsetta plant is called 'nochebuena' (Christmas Eve) flowers in Mexico. In some states in Mexico, children look forward to Santa arriving on Christmas Eve, while children in southern Mexico expect "The Three Kings" to leave presents on January 6th at Epiphany, which is known as 'el Dia de los Reyes'. It is traditional to eat a special cake called 'Rosca de Reyes' on Epiphany. Candelaria (also known as Candlemas) on the 2nd February marks the end of the Mexican Christmas celebrations. Many Mexicans have parties on Candelaria. A few days before Christmas in England, families put up Christmas Trees (fir trees with lights) and Christmas Decorations, including holly and mistletoe. The biggest tradition is for families to meet and have Christmas Lunch together - roast turkey etc. and Christmas Pudding, generally eaten late in the afternoon of Christmas Day. In the afternoon, some families watch the Queen's Christmas Speech on television. They also play games and watch other television programs. Families exchange Christmas Presents on Christmas Day. Children receive presents the night before Christmas delivered by Father Christmas (Santa Claus) on his sleigh drawn by reindeer. Singing Christmas Carols is also popular. Dubai is mostly Muslim, and Christmas is not celebrated by Muslims; however, Dubai is a popular tourist destination for many people who do celebrate Christmas, making Christmas celebrations optional. Christmas definitely has a high commercial status to keep tourists happy. Malls and hotels are decorated with Christmas trees, lights, Santa and other familiar Christmas scenes and decorations. Supermarkets play Christmas music and sell related foods. Restaurants and hotels offer special Christmas meal deals. Christmas Day is not a public holiday so life simply goes on for those who do not celebrate. Christmas comes in summer in the southern hemisphere, so Australians celebrate Christmas with barbeques and picnics, though their decorations are of a northern theme: icicles, snow, and "jingle Bells." Families come together on Christmas Day for a large meal, and Santa arrives on Christmas Eve night. When Santa arrives in Australia, his reindeer are given a rest and kangaroo pull his sleigh.
Christmas is the festival that celebrates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, founder of Christianity. Christians believe that Jesus is God, and so his earthly birth is of great s…ignificance. Christmas is also widely practised by non-Christians as a secular day of gift giving.
As a religious holiday Christmas is celebrated by Christians as the time of the birth of Jesus Christ. However, celebrations during the time we now know as December reach back… far into the past and December is a time of celebration for non-Christians as well, since Christmas became merged with ancient Solstice celebrations. Before Christmas, there were pagan celebrations of the Solstice. The Solstice is the longest night of the year. Pagans celebrated the return of the light as the days began to grow longer after the Solstice. The celebration of the birth of Christ at the same time as earlier pagan celebrations was a choice made by early Christian church leaders. Many of the traditions now associated with Christmas were adapted from earlier pagan traditions including decorating trees, holly, ivy, mistletoe, gift giving, yule log and feasts.
Christmas day is December 25, though in some areas it is celebrated throughout December and a small part of January.
Instead of writing letters to Santa to ask for presents, Italian children write to tell their parents how much they love them. The letter is normally placed under their father…'s plate and read after Christmas Eve dinner. Nowadays, especially in northern Italy, many families decorate an evergreen tree in their home. Ceppo: The ceppo is a wooden frame several feet high designed in a pyramid shape. This frame supports several tiers of shelves, often with a manger scene on the bottom followed by small gifts of fruit, candy, and presents on the shelves above. The "Tree of Light," as it is also know, is entirely decorated with colored paper, gilt pinecones, and miniature colored pennants. Small candles are fastened to the tapering sides and a star or small doll is hung at the apex. Urn of Fate: An old tradition in Italy calls for each member of the family to take turns drawing a wrapped gift out of a large ornamental bowl until all the presents are distributed.
The most commen way is with family on Christmas day around the Christmas Tree. We open presents and eat lots of food.
Traditionally, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Although Jesus wasn't actually born on December 25th, the date was chosen as it coincided with the paga…n celebration of the Winter Solstice, and Christ's mass was the Christian's alternative celebration. However, in more recent times Christmas has become very commercialized and with multiculturalism becoming more an more, Christ is very quickly disappearing from Christmas. "Merry Christmas" is becoming "Season's Greetings", and Christmas is becoming Xmas as a celebration of Christ's birth becomes a celebration of self indulgence and spending time with family.