Christmas Day Speech
Good morning everyone. Honourable guests, Principal, respected teachers and my dear friends I wish you all a Merry Christmas. I am grateful to my teacher, who provided me with the opportunity to share a few words on this auspicious festival.
Christmas is celebrated every year on 25th of December by Christians and non-Christians both. In some countries, this festival is declared a public holiday.
Christmas marks the birth of Jesus Christ and is celebrated with great adulation. A Christmas tree is decorated with lights, stars, angels, crystal balls etc.
The entire house is lit with big olive garlands, string light is hanged on the walls, gifts are placed under the Christmas tree, and oversized snowflakes are suspended on the doors.
A widespread of feats rule the table which includes roasted chicken, exotic pieces of bread, traditional dishes, apple pies and juice. People also bake plum cakes and cheesecakes.
Santa Claus is the crucial feature of the festival. It is believed that early morning on the day of Christmas, Santa arrives on his sledge driven by reindeer’s and gives presents to the well-behaved children.
A Christmas carol called Rudolf the red nose reindeer is sung to mark the arrival of Santa. The verses are as follow: Rudolf the red nose reindeer had a very shiny nose, and if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows.
These lines mean that Rudolf being a unique reindeer with a red nose gets chosen by Santa to lead his sledge.
The day is filled with happiness, peace and joy. People offer prayers, greet each other and gifts presents. The festival is a symbol of love and unity.
It teaches people to forget their differences and unite to form a communal harmony. Cribs are decorated to commemorate the positivity and belongingness.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone for participating in the program enthusiastically and wish to see the same in the coming future.
Speech on Christmas Day 2020
Christmas is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the son of God. It is primarily observed on 25th December every year. The word Christmas comes from the Mass of Christ.
The earlier term for Christmas was Yule which referred to the feast of the winter solstice. Before 19th Century Christmas was not celebrated as it was believed by Roman Protestants that it is associated with drunkenness and other misbehaviour.
Later in the 19th Century, Christmas was reconceived by Washington Irving, Charles Dickens, and other authors as a holiday for family, gift-giving, and Santa Claus. A few parts of the Eastern Christians use the Julian system, which marks it on 7th January.
Christmas Day Decorations
On this occasion, great preparations are planned. All the houses and churches are cleaned and whitewashed. Christmas tree is decorated with various decorative items like crystal balls, artificial lights and stars.
Small figurines of angel are hanged on the tree to symbolise the Nativity of Jesus. The houses are decked up with heart-moulded leaves of Ivy which is said to symbolise the arrival of Jesus. The red berries and the thistle represent the crown of thorns worn by Jesus.
The gifts are placed under the tree which is to be opened on Christmas day. Family members sing Christmas carol, offer prayers and greet each other with presents. Also, a midnight mass is attended in the Church by many to welcome Jesus Christ.
Depending upon the geographical areas, different traditional cuisines are prepared on this day. A standard dinner incorporates roasted turkey or chicken, potatoes, vegetables, bread and juice. Also, in deserts a wide spread of egg nog, pudding, mince pies and Yule log cake.
One of the prominent features of Christmas is Santa Claus. As per the legend, Santa Claus is also known as Father Christmas and is said to shower gifts to the homes of well-behaved children on the night of Christmas Eve.
With the hope of receiving presents and meeting Santa, children sleep early and keep cookies and milk near the bed for him and carrot for the reindeer.
His popular image is associated with Saint Nicholas, a 4th-century Christian saint. The poem Jingle Bells is sung to celebrate the coming of Santa.
Christmas in India
India has a considerable amount of Christians who celebrate Christmas with great pomp. Moreover, not only Christians but India being a secular country Christmas day is celebrated by the people belonging to other religion. Schools and offices celebrate it by organizing parties followed by a secret Santa game.
Importance of Christmas
Christmas holds the essence of unity and harmony among the people. It promotes peace, love and friendship.
Despite having religious differences, people come together and celebrate it with great enthusiasm. It is a festival cherished by both children and adults. Churches are lit with candles and lights.
Furthermore, a feeling of happiness and joy surrounds the atmosphere making it beautiful and surreal. It conveys the message to practice kindness and love towards each other. People remember Jesus Christ and his teachings of life.