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On behalf of Sani Dental Group, we wish all happy holidays, our dental clinic knows that today is special day for many, we invite you to read and learn a few facts associated with Christmas.
What is Christmas?
Christmas Day is an annual festival celebration among billions of people around the world on December 25, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. However a closer investigation shows us a different point view associated with this popular celebration.
Today millions of people worldwide celebrate Christmas for various reasons. Among the popular reasons are:
- Devoting time to helping the poor or needy.
- Spending time with friends and family.
- Thinking about God – Jesus Christ.
Without a doubt these are undoubtedly worthy deeds. However not knowing the history of some of these customs, our good needs get cloudy.
History of Christmas Customs:
Celebrating Jesus’ Birthday:
“The early Christians did not celebrate [Jesus’] birth because they considered the celebration of anyone’s birth to be a pagan custom.”—The World Book Encyclopedia.
There is no proof that Jesus was born on that date. Church leaders likely chose this date to coincide with pagan festivals held on or around the winter solstice.
Gift-giving, Feasting, Partying:
The Encyclopedia Americana says: “Saturnalia, a Roman feast celebrated in mid-December, provided the model for many of the merry-making customs of Christmas. From this celebration, for example, were derived the elaborate feasting, the giving of gifts, and the burning of candles.” The Encyclopædia Britannica notes that “all work and business were suspended” during Saturnalia.
According to The Encyclopedia of Religion, Europeans decorated their homes “with lights and evergreens of all kinds” to celebrate the winter solstice and to combat evil spirits.
“The Druids ascribed magical properties to the mistletoe in particular. The evergreen holly was worshiped as a promise of the sun’s return.”—The Encyclopedia Americana.
“Tree worship, common among the pagan Europeans, survived after their conversion to Christianity.” One of the ways in which tree worship survived is in the custom of “placing a Yule tree at an entrance or inside the house in the midwinter holidays.”—Encyclopædia Britannica.
After considering the above facts, we invite you to celebrate time with your love one every day.
Find joy and true satisfaction in spending time with their friends and family and in helping the poor and needy whenever you wish and can, not one on one specific day.
After all if Christmas is a holiday meant to spending time with friends and family and doing good deeds, why not do these throughout the year, we know that your joy and satisfaction will increase.
On behave of Sani Dental Group, we wish all happy holidays and invite you to make memories that will last a life time.