By Joseph Carroll ‘19
Gingerbread cookies, snowmen, candy canes, Santa Claus…the list goes on and on. Christmas has evolved into one of the biggest holidays in the world, but it has also evolved into one of the most secularized.
Christmas Day is celebrated on Dec. 25, and it is the day Catholics around the world recognize the birth of Jesus Christ. In every way, Jesus is the reason for the season; however, many people have forgotten this truth. Instead, they see the holiday solely as a day off of work and an excuse to exchange gifts.
Now, this is in no means an attack on the modern celebration of Christmas. Almost everyone who recognizes the holiday participates in these traditions. However, there are ways that people can enjoy the holiday while still being mindful of its religious roots.
The most standard way would be to celebrate mass. One can attend mass on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or any time during the season of Advent. It is especially important for Catholics to celebrate the birth of their savior, and masses around Christmas time are some of the most joyous of the year. Nativity scenes, Advent wreaths, and even midnight mass are some traditions that provide for family fun with a religious emphasis.
Go enjoy the holidays. Spend time with family; decorate the Christmas tree, build snowmen, bake gingerbread cookies, and do all of the things that make the holidays such a special time of year. Just make sure to always remember the reason for the season.