Ho Ho Ho.. I “sleigh” you are trying to find me..!! 😉
Okay, that wasn’t me but our dearest Santa Claus.
Christmas is one of the famous festivals worldwide celebrated every year on 25th December commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. The traditional Christmas narrative, the Nativity of Jesus, delineated in the New Testament says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in accordance with messianic prophecies; when Joseph and Mary arrived in the city, the inn had no room and so they were offered a stable where the Christ Child was soon born, with angels proclaiming this news of birth of God’s Child to shepherds who then disseminated the message furthermore.
There are speculations as well that exact date and month of Christ’s birth were uncertain and by the early-to-mid fourth century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date that was later adopted in the East.
You may also find it interesting to note that there are rumors stating the first Christian Roman emperor acknowledged the pagan festival of Saturnalia to celebrate the birth of the Christ. Saturnalia was celebrated as a farmer’s festival to mark the end of autumn planting season in honor of Saturn.
Christmas apparently started like Saturnalia in Rome and thus later spread to Eastern Mediterranean.
Jesus, also known as Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus Christ, was a Jewish preacher and religious leader. Most Christians believe him to be the incarnation of God of Son, his crucifixion is honored on Good Friday, and his resurrection is celebrated on Easter.
Well, now we know pretty much about Christmas festival and Jesus Christ, but there is one more prominent figure who is equally famous during this festivity!
Yes! I am talking about Santa Claus!
Santa Claus or otherwise known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, or simply Santa, is a legendary figure which originated in Western Christian Culture is believed to bring gifts to the homes of well behaved or good children on Christmas Eve which is 24th December. No wonder why he is such a heartthrob and Jesus he looks cute!
So does Santa exist? Where is Santa?
It is believed that Saint Nicholas of Myra was a 4th-century Greek Christian bishop of Myra (now called Demre) in Lycia which was a province of the Byzantine Empire, now located in Turkey.
Nicholas was famous for his generous gifts to the poor; he was also very religious from an early age and devoted his entire life to Christianity. The remains of Saint Nicholas can be found in Italy. In 1087, the Italian city of Bari mounted an expedition to locate the tomb of the Saint. The reliquary of St. Nicholas was conquered by Italian sailors and his relics were taken to Bari.
God always resides within us by our good deeds and so does Santa! Open your heart to this magnificent enrichment and let us make the world a better place together! Amen!
Merry Christmas folks…..!!
Author: Sneha Banerjee
Bibliographic Resources: Wikipedia and historytoday
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