The following is an excerpt from “Wikipedia” on the subject of “holiday” —
Holiday originally referred only to special religious days. In modern use, it means any special day of rest or relaxation, as opposed to normal days off work or school. The word derived from the notion of “Holy Day”, and gradually evolved to its current form.
As an observance
In all of the English-speaking world, including North America, holiday may refer to a day set aside by a nation or culture (in some cases, multiple nations and cultures) for commemoration, celebration, or other observance. . .
This year, I’m encouraging myself to truly commemorate, to truly celebrate, to truly observe the reason for our holiday. So, when the tree goes up, do I pause to pray for and celebrate the people, places, events that are represented in the ornaments and nativity sets?
When I bake and cook, do I remember to pray for (and tangibly help) those who are hungry? Those who might be encouraged to know that someone thought of them during this season?
When I shop, am I buying presents to show genuine love and affection and generosity, or am I motivated by what others think or expect? Am I proud or generous?
I’m not one of those who will chant — forsake all the commercialism of the holiday! Just be mindful of what and who we commemorate, observe and celebrate this season.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV