In this article, we have provided three paragraphs on Christmas festival, written in easy and simple words for classes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 students.
Short Paragraph on Christmas in English 150 Words
Below we have provided paragraph on Christmas, suitable for classes 1 to 5 students.
Christmas is a widely celebrated public holiday and festival. Mainly started as a Christian holiday, Christmas is now celebrated all over the world by Christians and non-Christians alike. The festival is celebrated on 25th December every year to mark the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem to the Virgin Mary. Although identified as the birthday of Jesus back in 221 AD by Romans, the first documented Christmas celebration dates back to 25th December in 336 AD.
Christmas is a time of traditions and enjoyment. The churches are decorated and opened for public visitation to everyone during this period. Christmas carols are played everywhere. People are even seen going door-to-door singing carols in several parts of America and Europe. Most importantly, Christmas is a big hit among children. A mythical person called ‘Santa Claus’ comes during midnight of every Christmas to give presents to children who have been good and stayed out of trouble. This is probably the most prevalent factor of Christmas celebration. Children also exchange cards and gifts with their friends. People living in faraway countries come to visit their families during this period for a meal. Christmas unites families and strengthens bonds between people. The togetherness and warmth people feel during this period is no doubt the best part of Christmas spirit.
Paragraph on Christmas – 300 Words
Christmas is a Christian religious festival celebrated by millions of people all over the world. The word Christmas, formed with the joining of the two words ‘Christ’s mass’, was appointed as the date of Jesus Christ’s birth by Sextus Julius Africanus and became popular worldwide around the 9th century AD.
According to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, Jesus was born to Joseph and Mary in a stable in Bethlehem. Shepherds and the Three Wise Men followed the ‘Star of Bethlehem’ and came bearing gifts to commemorate the birth of the ‘Saviour of All People’. Christmas became widely accepted in the American countries in the 19th century. Christian holidays are well-known for their fancy traditions and customs. For better understanding, some of the Christmas traditions and their origin are given below:
- Christmas Trees: Christmas celebration is incomplete without a Christmas tree. Evergreen trees are used for the ceremony which symbolises ‘eternal life’. It is believed that Martin Luther first introduced the use of Christmas trees. Some also believe that the origin dates back to Germany in between 8th-14th century AD.
- The lighting of candles: According to John 8, Candles are symbolic to Jesus Christ being the ‘world’s light’.
- The Yule Log: This is the custom where men carried a huge log and burnt it for 12 days symbolising Jesus on his Cross. The burning of the log stands for togetherness, joy, and warmth.
- Gingerbread Houses: These are decorative houses made of gingerbread cookies and are entirely edible. They started in the 16th century Germany, and now have become a popular decorative consumable item with people participating in contests to proclaim the tile of the best-made gingerbread houses.
Although every festival has its number of customs, Christmas does steal the top spot. With mistletoe’s, Christmas carols, decorations, and presents, Christmas time becomes a much-awaited holiday for people all over the world. Christmas not only unites people but also spreads a feeling of warmth at the end of each year so that people can look forward to better and brighter days in the upcoming year.
Long Paragraph on Christmas in English 500 Words
Below we have provided a long paragraph on Christmas, suitable for classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 students.
Out of all the Christian festivals, there is no doubt that Christmas is the most awaited by people all over the world. Christmas, which is the birthday of Lord Jesus Christ celebrated on December 25th or Winter Solstice every year, brings joy and light to the lives of people celebrating it. Christmas was initially known as the ‘feast of the nativity’. This festival is famous amongst all casts and religions and is celebrated in more than 160 countries.
History behind Christmas
The marking of December 25th as Christmas can be traced back to 273 AD. Some believe that December 25th was chosen as the date to counteract the influence of the two Pagan festivals dedicated to the Sun which were also celebrated on the same date. There was much debate, and many Christian officials were against the celebration of Christmas. It was only around the 4th century AD that officials agreed to celebrate Christmas as a holiday. There are no official records of Jesus being born on December 25th, and some even believe that he was born in spring. It is a common opinion that Pope Julius chose this date to embrace certain traditions and customs of the Saturnalia Festival.
In its earliest days, Christmas was not celebrated as just one day, but a whole season. It was started by the Romans and quickly spread in the regions of Egypt and Europe by the sixth century and Scandinavia by the end of the eighth century. The countries which follow the Gregorian calendar celebrate Christmas fourteen days after the 25th (usually the Greek and Russian churches).
The history behind Santa Claus
St Nicholas, a bishop in the city called Myra (now Turkey), is honoured with the title Santa Claus. He was born in Turkey in 280 AD. He donated all his wealth and spent his life working for and making a positive contribution to the lives of the people in poverty. He used to anonymously leave sacks filled with money at the doorstep of the struggling. St Nicholas became popular around 19th Century America when the Dutch families of America started celebrating the death anniversary of ‘Sint Nikolaas’ or ‘Sinter Klaas’ or ‘Santa Claus’ as a way of remembering his kindness and generosity. Around 1881, Santa Claus was given a shape and form with his beard, red suit, and a sack of toys by cartoonist Thomas Nast.
Modern Day Celebration of Christmas
Christmas is mainly known for its custom of giving presents. The gifts signify the three Magi who came bearing gifts in the form of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh at the time Jesus was born in Bethlehem. In recent years, people exchange gifts and cards with each other, and many schools also hold Christmas parties where each student anonymously gives a present to a classmate of their choice.
Each country has its way of celebrating this occasion. In parts of Finland, people are seen visiting the sauna, and various Christmas related shows are broadcasted on the radio. In America and Canada, people attend churches, sing carols, and throw parties that last the entire night. Various countries celebrate Christmas by burning the ‘Yule Log’ from 25th till New Year.
Christmas is known for its wide range of decorations. Everything starting from lights, to Christmas trees, candy canes, piñatas, fireworks, and food- people go all out during Christmas. Events and fairs are organized, and people of all religions are allowed inside the churches during this time to pay their respect and gaze at the church decorations.
Even if it’s for a short while, Christmas is an event which brings happiness to the lives of people. The spirit of Christmas instils humility, simplicity, warmth, and togetherness. The festival is a way of preaching the fact that acquiring worldly materials is not the only thing one should focus on. People should be kind and generous in their daily lives and lend a helping hand to whoever is in need.