Christmas is the time of love and celebrations. Commemorating the birth of Christ, this festival is celebrated each year on December 25. Being one of the biggest festivals in the world and in most countries, the holidays extend right up to Christmas. There are quite a lot of ways in which Christmas is celebrated all over the world. There are various customs and traditions that have been incorporated in the festival which brings about the diversity in it.
Over the years, many of the traditions have been altered because of various situations that arose as a result of either change in the rulers or simply because the traditions were forgotten. There were many positive changes to the way the festival could be celebrated. A novel example of such a change in the recent years is the flying of kites during Christmas celebrations. This colorful addition to the celebration brings not only families, but also religions together to share the happiness and joy of one another.
Effect of Renaissance
The age of the Renaissance saw one of the deepest impacts on the traditions of Christmas. From the shift of the artists and scholars to Italy and the rise in the literary studies by the various philosophers, the Vatican Church saw to it that many of the churches and chapels were constructed, bringing in new traditions. Christ’s last dinner before the crucifixion was never depicted in the form of art before Leonardo da Vinci painted ‘The Last Supper’.
The tradition of exchanging gifts was also observed for the first time during the Renaissance period when people exchanged the presents as a remembrance of the various gifts that the three wise men of Magi presented at the time of the birth of Christ.
Carolling is perhaps the most famous aspect of Christmas. This tradition started during the Renaissance age when the carols were the drab Plainsong chants by St. Francis of Assisi. Since then, they have been adopted by the public as the songs of rejoice of the birth of Christ. The tradition of burning the Christmas log still prevails in many prominent families around the world.
This tradition began in Florence in the House of Medici, who used the burning log as a symbol of unity of the family and also as a metaphoric remembrance to keep the baby Jesus warm in the stable.
Effect of World Wars
The greatest effect that Christmas faced was during the World Wars. When the world was indulged in a matter of survival, the festival came as a hope for the families of the soldiers. They looked towards the horizon, waiting for the soldiers to return home and when they finally did, the rejoice was beyond any measure. After the war was finally over for the second time, the soldiers and their families alike looked forward to the festival to celebrate it for the first time in peace after a long time of war. They looked towards the future with an optimism that was unmatched throughout the history of mankind. The joyful spirit that we associate with Christmas today is a result of the one that they felt all those decades ago.
Effect of Digital Age
With the advent of the digital age and the beginning of the internet, a lot changed when it came to the celebration of Christmas. People started blaring the carols off the speakers rather than gather around and sing them themselves.
Although in many communities carolling is still a popular tradition. New albums and songs with the Christmas theme came into composition and the candles were replaced by the Christmas lights.
When it comes to Christmas, the lights are one of the biggest concerns for the families around the world. Everything has to be lit up, including the houses and offices, and the Christmas Tree. Small LED lights began to take an importance everywhere that you turn your gaze.
Some communities hold competitions to see which house has been decorated the best. This has brought around quite a lot of innovation and creativity and the world sees many beautifully decorated houses around the time of Christmas each year.
Kites and Christmas
Flying kites is always a bonding and joyful activity. People around the world have started to take up kite flying during the holidays. This has become a prominent activity during the Christmas holidays. People fly the kites during the day and at nighttime with small LED lights attached to them.
These LED kites are also used by many homes to decorate and take advantage of the winter breeze. Corporates have also introduced the competitions of kite flying as a part of team building and increasing the energy levels among the employees. Children in many neighborhoods run around in the parks and grounds with the kites trailing behind them, soaking in the Christmas spirit and joy.
FLY360 and Christmas
Since kite flying is not as popular as the festival itself, we have taken it upon ourselves to bring the sport to be incorporated with the Christmas spirit. Instead of lighting up the sky with the fireworks that provide a temporary flare of colours, we are encouraging people to fly the LED kites in the night sky which can give a lasting effect.
We have hosted many events and shows where kite flying was the prime activity. At these events, we have encouraged the people to indulge more into the activity. Various brands have also turned to our services to advertise their Christmas products on our kites, helping them reach a level of advertising that literally flies high in the sky.
As a mode of learning new things in the Christmas holidays, we have organized various kite making workshops, where children and adults like have come to learn more about making kites. When they graduate from these workshops, they use the materials and knowledge to make homemade kites inspired by their own creativity.
Join the Christmas High
Christmas is a festival which promotes the spending of the time with the family and friends. This aim is shared with the kite flying sport. While the two may not go hand in hand in many communities around the world, we can strive to provide the services and bring people into the fold.