Christmas also known as Christ’s Mass or Noel or Nativity or Yule or Xmas is celebrated every year on December 25 as the birth of Jesus Christ and is a holiday all over the world as it is one of the world’s biggest religious and commercial festivities.
The celebration on December 25 starts with Christmas Eve, the evening of December 24. The festival initiates the twelve days of Christmastide.
In approximately year 300 A.D., the birthday of Jesus was determined to be on December 25. But the date of Christmas may have initially been chosen to correspond with the day exactly nine months after early Christians believed Jesus to have been conceived. The Romans held a festival on December 25 called Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, i.e. “the birthday of the unconquered sun”. Pagan Scandinavia celebrated a winter festival called Yule, held in late December to early January. However, it is uncertain exactly why December 25 became associated with the birth of Jesus since the Old Testament doesn’t mention a specific date of the event.
Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, Christmas music and caroling, an exchange of Christmas cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly.
Christmas is incomplete without talking about interchangeable figures known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas.
Wishing all reader Merry Christmas 2016 …