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    in the world and almost every single one of them celebrates Christmas differently. Christmas in Mexico (Navidad) is a million times different than the Christmas that we know and celebrate in the U.S. In Mexico there are lots of events that happen before January 6th, which is Epiphany day (The day of the Three Wise Men) also known as “El Dia de los Reyes”. I am will be explaining every all of the events that take place during Christmas (Navidad) all the way up to January 6th. When do the celebrations

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    No Christmas

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    When Christmas Couldn’t Come We lived in the farmhouse until my dad lost his job in 1994. No longer able to afford a mortgage, let alone utilities in the old, drafty house we moved into a smaller house two doors down. My mom called the new house “cozy” – making the best of a situation I couldn’t begin to understand; words like “WIC”, “welfare” and “debt” meant nothing to me at the time. I missed the barn that longed to be explored, the hill where at eight, I saw my first snowfall and of course, my

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    Christmas is a wonderful time of year filled with decorations, cookies, Christmas lights and a huge Christmas tree. As I was growing up the Christmas tree was the biggest thing to have in our family. It was the very first thing we would beg to be put up so we could decorate it however we wanted it. We had a nine foot tall Christmas tree that would sit right as you walked in to our living room. My brothers and I was always so excited to have it brought up the steps and set up to where we could decorate

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    their plastic Christmas trees and blow-up Frosty the Snowmans since Halloween. Yes, Christmas is almost here, and along with it doorbuster sales, long lines, late nights spent shopping online, and a last-minute sprint to the local Target. Over the years, this consumerism has come to define Christmas, and the once sentimental holiday has become dependent on the quality of gifts rather than the time spent with loved ones. Back in the day, at least as it has been explained to me, Christmas consisted of

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    Christmas

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    A few days before Christmas, Oxford street is swarming with last minute shoppers, laden with parcels and bags. Christmas is the highlight for many people, especially little childen, from as tall as your ankle to as tall as your knee. Small todlers were moaning and disappearing into the clothes racks like magicians disappearing in a puff of smoke entertaining the gullible audiences. Families and friends gradually emerge from clogged buses and congested trains, tired, exhausted and hungry

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    Christmas, 2009

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    always been very excited and waiting patiently for Christmas to arrive because I always thought on Christmas as an occasion when the family gets together. And this past year (2009) was not different from the others; I was very excited waiting for Christmas. Especially, because I was going to spend this holiday in Mexico with my grandma, aunts, uncles and cousins, but all that emotion did not take me to a Christmas full of joy as the past years. Christmas was very important to me because it was Camila’s

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    The Christmas Tree

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    According to William Muir Auld’s book Christmas Traditions, the Christmas tree found its way into the hearts and homes of Christian people with their thoughts and sentiment. Auld writes, “On the night in which Christ was born, all the trees in the forest, despite snow and ice, bloomed and bore fruit” (Auld 138). This story was first told by a geographer of the tenth century named Georg Jacob. This story was as highly believed as the birth of Christ. Christmas trees can be dated back through writing

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    The Commercialization of Christmas Over the years, one topic which has sparked an interesting debate among intellectuals, business men and Christians is whether or not Christmas has enrolled into an over commercialized holiday. The period at the climax of the year, December 25th, which we celebrate as Christmas is the time when consumers increase their spending to an outrageous level and business persons become elated as their shelves become depleted of the products that assist in our celebrations

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    Christmas In The Lottery

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    them abundantly crops. People in this village seem to concede to this tradition without flout. Just as in Christmas, Jesus Christ, who is a scapegoat, volunteer himself to the sacrifice for everyone’s sin. People celebrate this tradition remembering his birth every year and believing that Christ has protected them from any adversary. Therefore, the similarity between “The Lottery” and Christmas is people do not want to stop celebrating the tradition. However, the confliction is one person gets selected

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    Christmas in America

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    Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For nearly two millennia Christmas has been observed by traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Popular customs include the decorating of the Christmas tree, exchanging gifts, attending church, and spending time with your friends and family and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive (History.Com/Christmas). In the early 17th century religious reform had swept over

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