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The History Of Christmas

We all love Christmas, a time for giving Christmas Presents, getting together with friends and family and generally having a great time, here we take look at the brief history of Christmas.

Also referred to as Christmas Day, Christmas is an yearly holiday that most of us celebrate on December 25. Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts a total of twelve days. The nativity of Jesus is thought to have occurred between 7 and 2 BC and is the basis for the anno Domini system of dating. Christmas is not known to be the actual date of birth of Jesus, the date may have been chosen to correspond with either a Roman festival or the winter solstice.

Christmas is celebrated by the Christian population, but is also celebrated by many non-Christians as a secular, cultural festival. Christmas has become a major event for much of the retail world because giving gifts and other aspects of Christmas involve economic activity on a large scale amongst both Christians and non-Christians.

Modern customs of Christmas are giving Christmas Gifts, going to Church, and displaying various decorations including the Christmas tree, lights, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly. Father Christmas (also referred to as Santa Claus) is a popular mythological figure who is associated with bringing presents at Christmas mainly for children. Father Christmas is believed to be the result of a syncretization between Saint Nicholas and elements from pagan Nordic and Christian mythology. Santa's modern appearance is believed to have originated from 19th century media.

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