by Salma Latif

December. A season full of festivity. But what is it that makes this season such a special holiday?

Christmas was traditionally a Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus, but in the early 20th century, it also became a secular family holiday, observed by Christians and non-Christians alike. As well as celebrating the birth of Jesus, many people use this time of year to reflect on the purpose of their lives, renew family ties (and eat lots of pies)!

Holidays are a time to make memories, whether that be with family or friends. This season, in particular, is a time to spend quality time with loved ones and eat delicious food. It’s also a time to be more generous when giving to the poor and needy. Many think that it’s a time to splurge your money but don’t realise the number of people that ‘splurging’ could help, especially the ‘thousands in want of common comforts.’ I mean, we all love gifts, but maybe we should love the people around us more. 

Movies. Hot chocolate. Getting comfy under the blanket. My favourite moments of winter. Most of us love to binge watch our favourite Christmas movies to get into the spirit. My favourite Christmas movie is Nativity, as it’s a comedy with hilarious characters, but there’s no Christmas without Home Alone, either. Poor Kevin! Marshmallows and hot chocolate are the perfect combo to get into the mood, but above all, those celebrating Christmas should recognise it for its true meaning and use the time as an opportunity to give to the less fortunate. Many people believe that Christmas has lost its meaning. Christmas is a time to reflect upon and cherish the nativity (the event, not the movie, although the movie is pretty great too)! It’s a time to ponder upon the unique birth that means so much to billions around the world and more importantly, reflect upon its lessons.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.