Christmas – History & Facts

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Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning “Christ’s Mass”) is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is prepared for by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night; in some traditions, Christmastide includes an Octave. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world’s nations, is celebrated culturally by a large number of non-Christian people, and is an integral part of the holiday season, while some Christian groups reject the celebration. In several countries, celebrating Christmas Eve on December 24 has the main focus rather than December 25, with gift-giving and sharing a traditional meal with the family.




Although the month and date of Jesus’ birth are unknown, by the early-to-mid 4th century the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date which was later adopted in the East. Today, most Christians celebrate on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar, which has been adopted almost universally in the civil calendars used in countries throughout the world. However, some Eastern Christian Churches celebrate Christmas on the December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which currently corresponds to January 7 in the Gregorian calendar, the day after the Western Christian Church celebrates the Epiphany. This is not a disagreement over the date of Christmas as such, but rather a preference of which calendar should be used to determine the day that is December 25. In the Council of Tours of 567, the Church, with its desire to be universal, “declared the twelve days between Christmas and Epiphany to be one unified festal cycle”, thus giving significance to both the Western and Eastern dates of Christmas. Moreover, for Christians, the belief that God came into the world in the form of man to atone for the sins of humanity, rather than the exact birth date, is considered to be the primary purpose in celebrating Christmas.

Although it is not known why December 25 became a date of celebration, there are several factors that may have influenced the choice. December 25 was the date the Romans marked as the winter solstice, and Jesus was identified with the Sun based on an Old Testament verse. The date is exactly nine months following Annunciation, when the conception of Jesus is celebrated. Finally, the Romans had a series of pagan festivals near the end of the year, so Christmas may have been scheduled at this time to appropriate, or compete with, one or more of these festivals.

The celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian, Christian, and secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath, Christmas music and caroling, lighting a Christingle, an exchange of Christmas cards, church services, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore. Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.

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Christmas Wishes

Christmas Wishes for Friends

“Peace and joy to you and yours this Christmas season.”
“Wishing you a very merry Christmas and the chance to do lots more fishing in the new year!”
“Thinking warmly of each of you and wishing your family an extra measure of comfort, joy and hope this Christmas.”
“Have your best Christmas ever!”
“Merry Christmas with lots of love,”
“We hope you have a nice, relaxing Christmas, Susan!”
“I hope your holiday season is full of good things.”
“Praying you have a wonderful Christmas filled with moments you’ll always remember.”
“May your season be merry and your presents underwear-free (unless you really need some!).”
“So grateful to have a friend like you at Christmas and all year long.”

Christmas Wishes for Family

“Merry Christmas with thanks and love,”
“Having parents like you is the best Christmas gift there ever could be.”
“At Christmas and always, what a blessing you are.”
“So glad we’re family…and so grateful for all the great Christmas memories we share.”
“Merry Christmas to our favorite L.A. niece. We’ve had fun keeping up with your photos and blog posts! Wishing you many more adventures in the new year!”
“For me, the holidays start when we get together. Looking forward to talking and catching up soon!”
“Merrily and gratefully,”
“Thinking of you with lots of love at Christmas.”
“You’re someone who helps me remember the true reason for the season, and I’m so grateful for you.”
“When I think back on all the happiest moments this year, your wedding day stands out. Hope the two of you enjoy a wonderful first Christmas together.”

Christmas Wishes for Professional Relationships

“Happy Holidays and all the best to you in the year to come!”
“It’s a pleasure to work with you and a joy to wish you a merry Christmas!”
“The holidays are a perfect time to remind you how much I appreciate your business. I hope you enjoy a wonderful season filled with the people and traditions that mean the most.”
“You make work a lot less like work and more like a caring community. Merry Christmas, with thanks for all you do!”
“Holiday time and all the time, I so appreciate the great work you do.”
“Wishing you some well-deserved downtime over the holidays. You’ve earned it!”
“Merry Christmas to my totally talented stylist! Thank you for keeping me looking good all year.”
“Wishing you the beauty, blessings and joy this season brings.”
“Hoping that the new year brings you new opportunities and new possibilities.”
“Warmest wishes for a happy holiday season,”

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Christmas Songs & Music

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Christmas Gift Cards