Some of the most beautiful creations of the human community on our beloved planet Earth are the periods of celebration which bring color, joy and a new image of the interaction between people. Of course that you all can acknowledge Christmas as being the most prominent period of celebration of the year for all the Christian countries worldwide, and not only. There is no other moment in the year which causes as much fuss as Christmas and this is because of the strong symbolical dimension gained by this holiday in time, because of the great enthusiasm of gift-giving and receiving, and because of the feeling of magic maintained by children’s belief in that old man who brings them gifts in a slay pulled by reindeer.
However, we should all remember what Christmas actually celebrates, because it is a great moment of celebration indeed! Well, Christmas is a religious holiday that celebrates the birth of Christ, although this aspect has already been placed in the shadows in our modern times. Actually, the name of the holiday comes from the conjoining of the words “Christ’s mass”. Bet you’ve never thought about that, have you? If you take a moment to think about the question “What is Christmas?”, you will be surprised that there will be as many answers as people answering, packed with a variety of feelings and attitudes, mostly centered on the atmosphere established and on the agitation caused by the shopping sprees prior to the gift-exchange night, and not on the religious celebration.
If we draw a line, it is easy to realize that one of the most important aspects of Christmas is the visual one, through the richness of the decorations and through the ideal winter landscape which undoubtedly accompanies the celebration. The images of Christmas that people bare in their minds have changed a lot across time and have become more and more diversified. Let us just attempt a brain-storming exercise and point out a few of the iconic images that come up to mind when thinking about Christmas.
Firstly, taking the celebration from the original religious point of view, we have the image of the stable where Jesus Christ was born which is representative for Christmas especially for the ones of you who like old traditions. The hay, the sheep, Virgin Mary and Joseph, baby Jesus, the dim light and the simplicity of it all brings to mind a classical set which accompanies Christians in their homes in the month of December.
Secondly, when we think about Christmas, the first person who comes to mind is, of course, Santa Claus, a character that has become more than essential to the whole spirit of the holiday. The image of Santa riding in a slay pulled by reindeer, packed with gifts for all the well-behaved children of the world, flying in the starry sky over a snowy landscape, is a very colorful typical picture of Christmas that all of us had many times in front of our eyes.
Then, also connected with Santa is the indoor scene of the decorated Christmas tree next to the chimney that will host the big guy’s entry on the night of the 25th of December. Of course that there won’t be missing from the picture a lot of other vivid elements such as the socks hanging from the fireplace, the wreath posted above it, the pets waiting patiently next to the tree, the colorful furniture, the window which shows a snowy weather and of course, the magic of the Christmas tree, with its bright lights and rich decorations.
Last, but not least is the quiet winter landscape packed with snow, showing a little house covered in white, guarded by a snowman in its yard, waiting patiently for the arrival of Santa. Winter comes with Christmas and the two terms are already connected in everybody’s minds, so it’s obvious that any winter landscape of the type described will automatically bring to mind the idea of Christmas.
In the end, we leave you to reflect upon the symbolic images of Christmas and to build up your own favorite mind pictures with the help of our top 20 wallpapers, carefully selected to match any of your possible preferences. Enjoy them and happy holidays to all!
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