What is Christmas About?

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What is Christmas About? Christmas is the yearly festival commemorating the birth of Jesus, Celebrated most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among millions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and starts the season of Christmastide, which historically in Europe lasts twelve days and ends on Twelfth Night. In some traditions, Christmastide includes an Octave. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations especially the UK and USA, and is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians and non christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians,and types an main part of the Christmas Season. In some countries around the world, celebrating Christmas Eve is the main focus rather than Christmas Day is. It is not known why December 25 became a date of celebration/Christmas day, but there are several reasons that may have influenced the choice. December 25 is the date the Romans marked as the winter solstice at stone henge, the shortest and darkest day of the year, and the first day the days would begin to elongate and the Sun would have a longer time in the sky. Jesus was linked with the Sun based on an Old Testament reading. The date is exactly 8 months following Annunciation, when the conception of Jesus is celebrated, which is one theory on what may influence the date of the Christmas holiday. Ancient Romans had a series of pagan festivals near the end of each year, and Christmas Day may have been planned at this time to compete with, one or two of these festivals. Most scholars disagree with this latter vision and think that the Roman Emperor organised a pagan festival on December 25 in order to compete with the Christian Church, which was already been celebrating Christmas Day on that date. Although the day and month Jesus was born is unknown by the early fourth century the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date that was later adopted in the East.In modern day, most Christians celebrate on December 25th, which has been adopted almost universally in the calendars used in countries throughout the world. However, some Eastern Churches celebrate Christmas Day on December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which currently corresponds to Jan 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 day as such, but a preference of which calendar should be used to determine the day that is December 25/Christmas day. Christmas, is a shortened word of "Christ's mass". It is taken from the Middle English Cristemasse, which is type Old English Crīstesmæsse, a term first recorded in 1037 followed by the words Cristes-messe in 1132. Crīst (genitive Crīstes) is Greek Khrīstos , and a translation of Hebrew Māšîaḥ , "Messiah", which means "anointed" and mæsse is from a Latin missa, celebration of the Eucharist. The word Christenmas was also used, but is now considered old and dialectal; it is derives from Middle English Cristenmasse, literally "Christian mass" The Word Xmas is an abbreviation of the word Christmas found mostly in papers and books, based on the initial letter chi (Χ) in Greek Khrīstos), "Christ", though numerous style guides discourage its use; has precedent in Middle English Χρ̄es masse where "Χρ̄" is an abbreviation for Χριστός. Yes, all a bit complicated that part...... Celebratory Traditions in some countries with Christmas have a mixture of pre-Christian, Christian, and secular themes. Modern customs of the Christmas Season include giving gifts, opening an Advent calendar or Advent wreath, Various Christmas music and Christmas carols, lighting a Christingle (an orange with a small candle in it), Watching a Nativity play in a school or church, Exchanging and sending Christmas cards, going to church services, a special dinner such as Christmas Lunch, displaying Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees (fake and real), Putting up Christmas lights, creating nativity scenes, green garlands with holly and red berries, door wreaths made from holly, pine and berries, mistletoe hung from the roof. Several closely related and often interchangeable icons, sometimes known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, and Christkind, are linked with bringing toys to kids on Christmas eve, and have their own list of traditions. Giving Gifts and many other aspects of Christmas involve increased economic activity, the holiday has become a huge event and a main sales period for businesses. The monitary impact of Christmas has grown steadily over the past few years in many areas of the world.

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