- most of the activities for the kids in playcentre will be focus on x-mas.
dah mmmg majority sambut x-mas
- there are X-mas party for the children and also for the adults (the party for adults cum the monthly meeting where members should attend)
- my eldest daughter has started to ask heaps of questions about x-mas and I've tried my best to explain and tell her that we are muslims and we celebrate Eids.
- there are some x-mas songs that they teach the children there and sometimes it's hard to redirect my daughters' attention to something else.
- some of the other members assume that we also celebrate x-mas.
dah sah2 saya pakai tudung pun, tak tahu yg saya ni org islam.hish...
Do you realized that when it comes to this celebration, they have created a lot of lies? They created lies about Santa Claus in the hope of creating the magical celebration. The X-mas tree according to Wikipedia:
Historically, there has been opposition to the custom of the Christmas tree because of its pagan origins. In 1851, parishioners in Cleveland, Ohio, USA condemned as a pagan practice the actions of the pastor, Henry Schwan, for decorating one of the earliest Christmas trees in an American Christian church. Scottish author Robert Chambers in his 1832 Book of Days asserts that the festivities of Christmas "originally derived from the Roman Saturnalia, had afterwards been intermingled with the ceremonies observed by the British Druids at the period of winter-solstice, and at a subsequent period became incorporated with the grim mythology of the ancient Saxons. Two popular observances belonging to Christmas are more especially derived from the worship of our pagan ancestors—the hanging up of the mistletoe and the burning of the Yule log." Regarding the Christmas tree itself, Chambers assumes that it "seems to be a very ancient custom in Germany, and is probably a remnant of the splendid and fanciful pageants of the Middle Ages."
Other traditions relating to Christmas that may derive from Germanic pagan practices include the Christmas ham, Yule Goat, stuffing stockings, elements of Santa Claus and his nocturnal ride through the sky, and elements of Alpine folklore.
So, in short the origin is from the pagan origins.
What about Santa Claus? Do you know about the origin of it? Again, I check this out in the Wikipedia:
Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle or simply "Santa", is a legendary figure who, in many Western cultures, brings gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, December 24 or on his Feast Day, December 6 (Saint Nicholas Day). The legend may have part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of gift giver Saint Nicholas.
While Saint Nicholas was originally portrayed wearing bishop's robes, today Santa Claus is generally depicted as a plump, jolly, white-bearded man wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots. This image became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast. This image has been maintained and reinforced through song, radio, television, and films. In the United Kingdom and Europe, his depiction is often identical to the American Santa, but he is commonly called Father Christmas.
In short, Santa was created for the marketing purposes. Normally at the end of the year, parents have to spend a huge amount of money buying presents to their kids. Others too, have to spend money buying presents to their family members and friends.
My intention of writing this entry is not promoting this celebration nor try to condemn it. I just want to share some facts and also my feelings as I do