Christmas is an annual festival celebrating the nativity of Jesus Christ, observed predominantly on December 25 as a religious and traditional celebration among billions of people around the world. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world’s nations, celebrated faithfully by many Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season centred around it. It is a special time where family and friend come together to bond over a spread of food, drinks and exchanging gifts.

Relatives and Friends Gathering

It is a special time where families and friends come together to bond over a spread of food, drinks and exchanging gifts. It is common to organize a special meal, often consisting of turkey and a lot of other festive foods, and exchange gifts with them. Children often receive a lot of gifts from their parents and other relatives and the mythical figure of Santa Claus. This has led to Christmas Day becoming an increasingly commercialized holiday, with a lot of families spending a large part of their income on gifts and food.

Decoration

The traditional colours of Christmas are pine green, snow white and heart red. Blue and white are often used to represent winter. Typical images on Christmas decorations include Baby Jesus, Santa Claus and the star of Bethlehem. Typical winter icons include snowflakes, snowmen, icicles, and even penguins and polar bears. More commonly seen, people put up the Christmas Tree and Nativity crib in their house to honour this day and celebrate the birth of baby Jesus. Other decorations include bells, candles, candy canes, garland, stockings, wreaths, snow globes, and angel and Santa Claus figurines.

Food

The meals are often particularly rich and substantial, in the tradition of the Christian feast day celebration, and form a significant part of gatherings held to celebrate Christmas. The catering of food includes special Christmas food such as turkey, sausages and hams. Traditional Christmas dinner features turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and vegetables such as carrots, turnip, parsnips, etc. Singapore, being a very diverse little island, there are inclusions of other Asian/international food such as Devil’s curry (Eurasians), Biryani rice (Indians), Satays (Malays) and Fried Noodles (Chinese).

For dessert, Christmas pudding, log cakes or fruitcakes are the staples. Eggnog, a milk-based punch that is often infused with alcohol, is also popular around the holiday season. Different types of wines are also drunk at parties such as shiraz, merlot, chardonnay and Moscato.

Celebrations

Many Sunday schools, churches and communities organize special events. These can include decorating the neighbourhood or a shopping mall, putting up a Christmas tree and planning a Nativity display, concert or performance. A lot of plays and songs have an aspect of Christmas as a theme. Some groups arrange meals, shelter or charitable projects for people without a home or with very little money during this time to commemorate the season of giving (gifting). It is commonly observed in schools and community centre so that everyone can delve in the season of joy, hope, love and peace. At the heart of central Singapore, Orchard Road observes this season by putting up Christmas trees at every junction and hosting its annual Orchard Road Christmas Light-up. Post navigation