Christmas is described as a festive season therefore we should all engage in activities during the season that provide entertainment, merriment, and which gives pleasure. Because Christmas is about celebration and memory making, many types of festivities can be found to suit all preferences to make the season a more joyful and memorable one.
Many people tend to head home for the Christmas season to spend time with family, and they often have their own Christmas traditions. No matter if you are with family or friends for the season you can still make memories by participating in one or more of the following activities.
Christmas movies. This can be done from the comfort of home or by spending a few hours out at the theater. A wonderful option now available for obtaining movies is to stream them via the internet or a streaming service such as Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. It’s an option that usually allows you to get any movie you want to see – whether traditional, popular or a remake of an original title. Sometimes for free and often times you can even rent the movie you want to see. There’s also fairly easy access to obscure movie titles, as well as movies with holiday or Christmas themes.
Although Christmas movies embody the spirit of the season, you can also take time out during Christmas to enjoy new releases that may or may not have a holiday theme. Christmas is a good time to catch notable newly released movies because they are timed to be shown in theaters before the end of the year to be considered for the prestigious Oscar nominations.
Performances of Christmas plays that depict the Nativity scene are also another popular entertainment during Christmas. Although these performances are done year after year, they never grow old because of creative difference in interpreting the story, and also in how each role is acted by different actors every year.
The dramatization of the Nativity demonstrates the true meaning of Christmas and can also simplify the meaning of Christmas for children. Participation in the Nativity play is also an important activity for children in drama groups at schools and church groups.
Along with depicting the true meaning of Christmas, the Nativity play also portrays moral lessons that can serve as an inspiration for the way to become learn more about Jesus and how you can serve Him in your life. Watching or taking part in the Nativity play at Christmas time can therefore affect your attitude and outlook on life.
Musical entertainment at Christmas can come from pausing during shopping to listen to a choral group at the mall or downtown. It can also be fun to simply hum (or sing at the top of your lungs) along to a Christmas carol or Christmas song being played on the radio.
Carols as a tradition at Christmas is said to originate in England and France in the Middle Ages. At the time, carols were dances accompanied by singing. The tradition that Anglo-Saxons preferred was to have small choirs gather on the village green and sing carols and Christmas songs to passersby. Over time, the meaning of the word changed to refer to only certain types of songs. And now it has been become custom for Carolers to go house to house to sing for homeowners during the Christmas season.
The tradition of carols is also believed to evolve from the angels, shepherds, and Wise Men who bowed down to sing praises and to worship Baby Jesus as He lay in the manager.
For those who are true lovers of the arts, professional groups like Orchestras, Symphonies, Conservatories, and Choirs also offer splendid concerts during the Christmas season. They usually offer Christmas carols and songs by local choral or church groups.
But the harmony of their voices accompanied by instruments provides a richer and more melodious rendition of the carols that is unlikely to be heard anywhere else.
Probably the most popular festivities at Christmas are parties, which seem to happen everywhere all the time during the Christmas season. There are parties at work, home, with friends, and more. It seems there is no end to the festivities during Christmas.
One last thing. It is perfectly okay to make it a priority to STAY home and have something small, cozy, and intimate with your loved ones. These are great memory making moments too. Ones that root themselves deep in hearts and last forever.
Okay, with so many things that draw us each Christmas season, remember to love your family and friends well, make sweet memories, and show gratefulness and gratitude to all.
Many blessings to you and yours this Christmas season sweet friend. May the Lord cover you with His peace and bless you abundantly now and throughout the coming year.
In His Grace,