Christmas is the most magical time of the year, full of happiness, excitement, dreams and most importantly great food. It is a time where families gather, to experience the festive season. Christmas is a yearly celebration which takes place on the 25th of December and is a commemoration of the birth of Christ.
It is a religious and cultural holiday celebrated by millions of people all over the world. Children are by far the most excited, as custom dictates that they receive long anticipated presents with a healthy selection of sweets and chocolates within festive stockings. Christmas additionally encompasses symbolic objects such as the Christmas tree. This symbol is usually an evergreen, coniferous tree which can either be real or artificial. The tree is dressed with tinsel, brightly coloured balls and lights which were originally candles before the invention of electricity. At the top of the tree sits ‘The Star of Bethlehem’ which according to the Bible is what the ‘Three Wise Men’ followed to find Jesus. Nowadays, as religion has become diluted through the generations, families place an angel at the top of the tree so that there are less religious connotations. In addition, ‘Santa’ is a well-known symbol of Christmas. Only a minority know that the over-weight, white bearded and jolly old man was actually a clever advertising campaign for the well-known, carbonated soft drink company Coca-Cola. The real Santa is thin and wears a green robe.