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Christmas is one of the most beautiful seasons in the Church that allows us to reflect on the love, the extreme love that our Heavenly Father has for us all.  If we celebrate Christmas the way it was meant to be celebrated, if we understood and lived the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, our lives will be transformed.

Unfortunately through the years, this season has become highly commercialized and much of its true meaning has been lost.  For example, Christ who is the reason for the season, has been replaced with a big “X”, and the joyous “Merry Christmas” greeting has been replaced with “season’s greetings” and “happy xmas” and alike, none of which says anything about the great importance of God entering into humanity to save us, his people from our sins.  Otherwise, we would have been eternally dammed without any hope of eternal life. It is our hope that these posts as well as the very special programming we have on FullyCatholic Radio will enlighten your hearts and minds of the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ who came with a specific goal; to be the Saviour of the world.  When this message hits home, when it really registers in your heart and mind, you can’t help but fall on your knees and worship the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

The Traditions Of Christmas Point To The Reason For The Season

Introduction
When exploring Traditions of Christmas around the world, there is virtually a cornucopia of areas to explore. So many of these traditions come right back to the reason for the season, the birth of Jesus Christ.

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It’s Christmas Around the World, But How Will You Celebrate?

Celebrating Christmas Around The World

 

Christmas is once again upon us and people have already began to celebrate Christmas around the world. Great holiday Christmas lights and holiday displays decorate the streets of our cities and villages, Christmas music fills the air, and last minute Christmas shoppers crowd the shops, the malls and department stores all over. Sometimes it is really easy to get caught up in the Christmas hype and only concern ourselves with superficial things like money and Christmas presents. The economy may be rough right now, and it may be a tight Christmas around the globe, but we must not lose sight of the true meaning of the Christmas holiday, the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

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A Great Christmas Tradition – Give Jesus What Is In Your Heart

Christmas Tradition - Give Him What Is In Your Heart

 

The 25th of December is only a few days of way, which means Christmas is almost here. This is an exciting and festive time of the year, especially here in my native Trinidad and Tobago as the sweet sound of parang music fills the air every where you go.  Unfortunately,  most people seemed to have forgotten what Christmas is really about.  Our local parang music - like Christmas carols - once focused on that joyous night, that Holy Night, when Jesus Christ was born; however due to heavy commercialism now sing on almost everything under the sun, and all in the name of Christmas.

 

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Christmas Carols And Caroling – How They Came About

Christmas Caroling

 

The tradition of Christmas caroling first gained popularity in Italy, in the mid 13th century. Saint Francis of Assisi added lyrics to well known Christmas music in an effort to teach people about the birth of Jesus. These songs were often performed in plays as a form of entertainment for the congregation. The plays primarily focused on Mary’s journey to Bethlehem, and the birth of Jesus.

 

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Christmas Around World – A Truly Holy Night

Christmas around world

Christmas Around World

There is one and only one time of the year when the world becomes a less tense, a little more joyful and on that single day, there is a solemn recognition of the birth of Jesus Christ. Each December 25th, families gather together to share the remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ in a manger in Bethlehem.

 

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Is the Tradition of Christmas the Same Worldwide?

Tradition of Christmas

The Tradition of Christmas is different around the world. People everywhere celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. But the way they celebrate is different according to the customs and traditions of the region.

 

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Our Christmas traditions should include Jesus

Celebrating Christmas

Christmas traditions of most American families include trimming a tree, singing songs, spending money on things they don’t have to buy to show their appreciation of people they barely see, giving Santa Claus too much credit and eating large amounts of food at holiday parties all in the name of “good spirit and cheer” to produce warm, fuzzy feelings for themselves. While spending time with loved ones is important and people being nice is wonderful, the whole purpose of why Christmas was established is completely missed in the process. “Christmas” was established to recognize and honor the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God – hence, the reason the name of “Christ” is in “CHRISTmas”.

 

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Even The Poor Can Celebrate Christmas

Christ Is A Gift From God

 

Christmas is celebrated differently to different people in different ways. Backgrounds, beliefs, and values play a role in how we celebrate Christmas, but another factor is income. It is often said Christmas has become too commercial, and this celebration of the birth of Jesus is more about spending money and buying things, than a special family time to enjoy each other.

 

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Go Tell it On The Mountain


The song "Go Tell It On The Mountain" has become a song about civil rights just as much as it has been a Christmas carol. The true meaning behind the carol is to express the excitement that people are feeling about the birth of Christ. You want to be able to tell as many people as possible about such a joyous occasion, so it is important to yell about such a wonderful event from the mountain tops. The song was written by an old folk singer from the Memphis area John W. Work. Work typically wrote songs that were played often at spiritual gatherings.

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Good Christian Men Rejoice


When singing Christmas carols during the holiday season, it is hard to imagine that the songs we sing are sometimes hundreds of years old or were originally in a much different language from our own native tongue. However, one such well-known Christmas carol is the frequently sung "Good Christian Men Rejoice." This song, first published in 1328 under the name "In Dulci Jubilo," is thought to have been written by a German mystic and Domincan monk by the name of Heinrich Seuse. In a biography about Seuse, it was said that angels sang this song and led him into a worshipful dance to God.

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