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Every year on Dec. 25, we celebrate Christmas, a day for spending time with family, observing an important Christian holiday, partaking in light-hearted traditions, or just spreading some holiday cheer!
Christmas is a very special time of year. It is a time of celebration, goodwill, and miracles. It is also a time of year when many people spend time together with their families and friends. And it is a time of traditions and dreams.
Modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, Church celebrations, exchange of Christmas cards, and the display of various decorations (including the Christmas tree. Here are a few others you may enjoy with your family…
- Visiting the local Christmas Tree farm to pick out a tree
- Making homemade Christmas ornaments
- Stringing lights around the house outside
- Baking cookies
- Making Christmas candy
- Driving to see Christmas lights at night
- Singing Christmas Carols
- Watching old Christmas movies on tv
- Hanging holly and mistletoe
- Burning scented candles
- Setting up the Nativity of Baby Jesus
- Christmas is the most economically significant holiday of the year and is even celebrated by non-Christians.
- The holiday is characterized by the exchange of gifts among friends and family members, some of the gifts being attributed to Santa Claus (also known as Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Saint Basil, and Father Frost).
- Although no one knows on which exact date Jesus was born, Christians have favored December 25 since ancient times. It is the date on which the Romans marked the winter solstice.
- In the U.S., the pre-Christmas shopping season begins on the day after Thanksgiving.
- In the Netherlands, Germany, Scandinavia, Lithuania, and Poland, Christmas Day and the following day are called First and Second Christmas Day.
- Russia banned Christmas celebrations from 1917 until 1992.
- Many Christmas practices originate in Germanic countries, including the Christmas tree, the Christmas ham, the Yule log, holly, mistletoe, and the giving of presents.
- The popularity of Christmas can be traced in part to its status as a winter festival.
- In the southern hemisphere, Christmas is during the summer.
Traditional Foods of Christmas
Brandy Butter – Brandy butter is a sweet, rich sauce, usually consumed with traditional desserts during the Christmas and New Year period in the UK. Brandy butter is a blend of soft dark brown or icing sugar, unsalted butter, and brandy. Refrigerated until it is relatively hard, it is typically served cold to provide a contrast with hot desserts such as Christmas Pudding or freshly baked or microwaved Mince pies.
Christmas Pudding – Christmas pudding is the dessert traditionally served on Christmas day, although still available and popular throughout the year in Britain. It has its origins in England and is sometimes known as plum pudding, though this can also refer to other kinds of boiled pudding involving a lot of dried fruit.
Top All-Time Favorite Christmas Movies
- How the Grinch stole Christmas,
- White Christmas (1954)