Christianity is worldwide famous owing to the large population of Christians. Therefore Christmas festival is celebrated unanimously all across the globe. Earlier it was only limited to Christians. However since many years people of other religions also participate in this ceremony. December is about to come and so is the most awaited festival of the year i.e. Christmas. Each one of us is thrilled and excited about Christmas and fantasizes different gifts and delicious cakes every evening. For the whole year we wait for this grand festival and rebirth of Jesus Christ. Birth of Jesus, Dance, songs, carols, food, cards, gifts all these things come under the blanket of 25th December. This month is fruitful for every individual. Retailers and shop keepers are benefited with the high sales of clothes, vegetables, fruits, breads and other accessories involved into the massive celebration. We plan to cook different cakes, cookies, doughnuts, biscuits, hams, turkey etc. From young to old, thrill of exhilaration is embedded in every individual’s nerve. Children sleep earlier that night to anticipate their gift under their pillows next morning by Santa Clause. Christmas Eve is full of love, joy and lucrative delicacies.
1. Put gifts under your children pillow:
Although we all know that no more Santa Clause exists, still we bluff our children and make them believe that gift under the pillow is from Santa Uncle. Let this age old myth continue so that the thrill of getting a present is kept alive in your child’s heart. White bearded man wearing a red coat is awaited by all children. They have this fact that this man is behind the gifts below their pillow. Hence let your children love this myth and treasure those gifts under their pillows forever.
2. Doughnut party with your friends:
Celebrate this evening by eating relishing doughnuts. Although doughnuts are prepared all year but particularly during Christmas they are much relishing and exciting. Call your friends, neighbours and cousins for a doughnut party. In this way variety of doughnuts would be there and the same old taste of your doughnut would be replaced by the doughnuts prepared by your acquaintances.
3. Click pictures:
Every moment is special, so is the eve of Christmas. Wish your family merry Christmas and capture that moment in the camera. Use your Christmas tree in the background and click numerous pictures with your family and pets. In this way for the whole year we can relive those memories. No matter it is February, March or April, through those snaps we can enjoy December vicariously.
4. Dinner with your loved ones:
Festival becomes joyous with an involvement of family. Therefore another way to celebrate this auspicious eve is to dine with your family and loved ones. In this way we tend to spend more time with them and discuss our issues and things. Various cuisines are cooked such as roasted turkey, biryani, hamon, goose, ham, fried potatoes, roast pork, Hamborgarhryggur etc. Depending on the country, region food is cooked and served. Particularly in United Kingdom, Christmas dinner is eaten in the afternoon of 25th December. Cuisines such as chicken, duck, vegetables, fruits, brandy are more prevalent here.
5. See a play based on Christ rebirth:
Go to watch a play on Jesus Christ or Christmas on this eve. This will inculcate a religious feeling inside your heart. We all must watch plays based on Christmas theme and clear our misconceptions and doubts through the same. There are various plays based on this theme such as Long Live Christmas, Butterfingers Angel, Inspecting Carol, Christmas at the Cratchits, Little Cosette and Father Christmas, The wondrous birth etc. When you will see through characters how Jesus sacrificed his life for us then only we will realize the importance of his forfeit.
6. Decorate your house:
We can see big stars hanging on the roofs of houses during this particular season. Stars of various colors and designs could be seen everywhere. There are two main colors for this month i.e. Green and red. While green color signifies persistence of life, red is for the blood that Jesus sacrificed for the mankind. Front door of every house is decorated with garlands if leaves and flowers. Stars are a ubiquitous factor at the time of Christmas.
7. Visit church:
December time is the busiest time for the churches. Religiously if we see, people visit church to say thanks to Jesus Christ for blessing them a beautiful life. Nobody is restricted and we are free to visit any church and convey our regards to god. Many of them also come to confess their sins and plead for apology from God. Children represent nativity plays and sing carols. So next time you are planning a list to do during Christmas, do add this point for sure. People today are turning atheist and according to BBC Statistics only 5% visit church during Christmas. Rest mass is busy cooking, shopping and spending time with their loved ones.
8. Celebrate it with wine:
It is said good food and wine are complementary to each other. Therefore wine adds a star to this evening. A good wine results into a gourmet feast. Whosoever is a connoisseur in food/drinks would definitely want a good wine to be served during this particular eve. Wine lovers wait for this festival to relish their drinks and celebrate it with more frolics. While visiting our acquaintances during Christmas, wine can also be given as a present or token of love to them. Various wines are available in the market, still white wine; Pinot Noir Wine and Shiraz wine are preferred over all. Hence wine has its own relevance during this evening.
9. Cook plum cake:
Never can we imagine Christmas festival without a yummy plum cake. Christmas cake is basically a fruit cake prepared to serve during the auspicious eve of Jesus’ rebirth. It can be of many colors and flavors depending on person to person. Various shapes of cakes are into fashion. Most common amongst them is round flat cake or Santa shaped cakes. Peculiar characteristic of some cakes are the involvement of wine as its major ingredient. Addition of wine gives it a finer and yummier taste.
10. Decorate Christmas tree:
This is the finest way to inculcate the feeling of Christmas Eve. Many of us own a Christmas tree but we decorate it only during the month of December. This signifies commencement of Christmas and Santa Clause. Children have this perception of hidden gifts in socks hanging on the tree. Parents decorate it to beautify their home and celebrate the festival with their family. Initially tree was decorated with nuts, fruits etc. ,however these days lots of other things such as bells, ornaments, Barbie dresses and electrification is used as decoration material.