It's Christmas Eve. Christmas is celebrated by billions around the world. It is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The exact day of birth of Jesus is not really known, but most accepted is December 25. In most countries the christian meaning of Christmas is combined with local pre-Christ tradition. Decorating trees, giving presents and Santa Claus are examples of those local traditions.
Christmas is increasingly celebrated by not Christians as well.
I grew up in the Netherlands in a Catholic family. Overtime the way we celebrate Christmas changed and many other thing stayed the same. It seems that getting together and the evening-dinner are the most important parts of this holiday celebration today. For as far as I can see it, this is how a lot of people celebrate Christmas.
It might seem that the original meaning of Christmas is more and more disappearing, but as with all things, this is in my mind just a matter of perspective. Celebrating abundant with friends and family and seeing Christmas as a holiday of peace embraced now by billions of people is for me a wonderful way of celebrating the original meaning of Christmas.
I wish you all the merriest Christmas, I hope you can carry the spirit of Christmas throughout the entire year. My heart goes out to those who are not together with their loved ones this Christmas.
"Be inspired and you shall inspire." ~ JD