Personal View: The history and meaning of Christmas


Kayla Looney, Staff Reporter

Hi, I am Kayla Looney and I am here to type about the meaning and history of Christmas. To some people, Christmas is about getting presents and special food. Christmas is much more than that though. It is a time to give joy and happiness to everyone.

People celebrate Christmas to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Christians usually celebrate this holiday the most, along with non-religious people. Some things people use to celebrate are things like Advent calendars, decorate a tree, have a special meal, and exchange gifts.

Something that is also celebrated is Santa Claus. Santa Claus originally came from a monk named St. Nicholas. People believe that he was born around the time 280 A.D. in Patara near Myra in modern day Turkey.  

St. Nicholas is now called Santa because of his kindness and his loyalty. Some people and stories say that St. Nicholas gave away all of the wealth he inherited to help poor and sick people on the countryside.

Another figure that is popular is Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. This idea was created from a copywriter at the Montgomery Ward department store. Rudolph’s creators name is Robert L. May and he created Rudolph to help bring more people into his store.

May made the story with almost the same rhyme scheme as “Twas’ the Night Before Christmas”. After he published it, Montgomery Ward sold a lot of the books which were close to around 2.5 million copies. They republished it in 1946 and they sold 3.5 million copies.

The book was eventually turned into a song by one of May’s friends. The book and song have been very popular and have been translated into many different languages around the world. The song and book also became a movie for kids to enjoy.

My family and I enjoy Rudolph every year for Christmas. If the movie is on, my mom will immediately put it on even if we are watching something important. My family also owns Rudolph books that my mom or dad sometimes reads to my sister, brother, and I.

A tradition that is fairly recent but still enjoyed all over the world is the Elf on the Shelf. This tradition started in 2005 when the book first came out. The book is about an elf who is sent down from the North Pole to watch over a family to make sure they are behaving.

The elf teaches a little boy to believe in Santa and to enjoy Christmas time. It is a sweet story to read to kids when the elf on a shelf arrives at your house. The elf is never seen using his/her magic but every morning he is somewhere different.

Sometimes the elf will be doing something like reading a book but other times, he can be ziplining from your fridge. Other days he will just move to show that he went to the North Pole and came back.

A major rule of the Elf on a Shelf is to never touch the elf. If you touch it, it will lose all of its Christmas magic and return to the North Pole. Parents are the only ones who can touch it because they are not kids.

This tradition has been in my family for about 3 or 4 years now. Our elf’s name is Bogey after my moms brother. He is always up to no good. Once he got into our advent calendar and ate all of our candy.

I personally think that Christmas is a time for joy and cheer. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you can still spread holiday cheer around to everybody. Many people that don’t celebrate this holiday, still have a lot of joy and cheer around this time of year.

It is a time of year to spend time with family and friends.It is also a time where you can have fun and stay in pajamas all day. This time of year is also a time to spread joy and happiness to everyone around you. Enjoy your holidays and don’t forget to spread holiday cheer.