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The Old Farmer's Almanac daily calendar gives you quick reference to significant events on any day throughout the year. Christmas Day is a Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Although the actual date of Christ's birth is unknown, it has been celebrated on December 25 since 4 century. Christmas is also extensively celebrated by non-Christians as a seasonal holiday, in which popular traditions such as gift-giving, feasting, and caroling take place. As Christianity began to spread in the 4th century, Christmas feast Day was set to December 25 by Pope Julius I; although no one knows for certain, some say that this was to align with the Roman pagan holiday die natalis solis invicti, birth of the invincible Sun. Today's rich mosaic of Christmas customs dates back through ages. Evergreen branches were used to symbolize life in ancient solstice festivals, as they stay green in winter. This tradition was absorbed by Christians, who interpreted evergreens as Paradise trees and began decorating them with apples. Candles and lights associated with Christmas, meant to symbolize guiding beacons for Christ children may have evolved from Yule log, which was light to entice the Sun to return as part of the jol festival in Pagan Scandinavia.

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About National Day Calendar

Every year on December 25, over 2 billion people around the world celebrate Christmas Day. Traditionally, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Nonreligious people and those of different faiths celebrate the day as a cultural event. Also known as Christmas Day, this holiday is derived from Old English Cristesmsse which means Christ Mass. Today, Christmas is a public holiday in most countries. Only about a dozen countries do not recognize Christmas as a public holiday. Christmas traditions vary around the world and have evolved over time. They borrow from other traditions and cultures, too. Over time, beliefs and customs blend as people migrate and attitudes change. One of the most popular Christmas customs is gift-giving. This custom has its roots in Magi, who bring gifts to Jesus shortly after his birth. Unfortunately, gift-giving aspect of Christmas has lead to its commercialization. On average, Americans spend $700 on Christmas gifts and goodies. Altogether, this equals $465 billion. In recent years, there have been calls to simplify holidays and to get back to reason for season. Candy canes While plain, unflavored candy sticks and canes existed as early as the 1600s, it wasnt until 1920 that the hooked version became exceptionally popular. Bob McCormack of Albany, Georgia took peppermint candy, gave it a red and white striped twist. His handmade candies were given a manufacturing boost when his brother-In-law and priest, Gregory Keller, invented the machine that launched Bobs Candies into mass production. However, Kellers ' invention wasnt first of its kind. Poinsettia Another tradition that blossomed in the United States during the 1920s, poinsettia legend take place in Mexico. According to legend, girls want desperately to celebrate Jesus ' birthday. Worry, girl feared she would have no gift to offer because she was so poor. The Angel told her to give any gift with love. After gathering weeds from alongside the road, young girl places them in a manger. Miraculously, weeds bloom into beautiful red stars. Christmas trees Evergreens, fir trees, and other plants have been part of winter festivals and traditions since ancient times. The first person to place a tree in the house for purposes of Christmas may have been German preacher Martin Luther in the 16 century. Nicholas Legendary stories about the third century. Nicholas later became part of the inspiration for modern-Day Santa Claus. Mailing cards in Victorian England, sending Penny Post was inexpensive and frequent. Not responding to it was equally inexcusable. Being popular and busy led Sir Henry Cole to invent holiday card nearly out of necessity. In 1843, he asked his friend, JC Horsley, to illustrate the design he had in mind. Soon, Cole was off to the printer and the first Christmas card mail in Penny Post. Caroling Wassailing and caroling history go hand in hand. Originally, wassail referred to mulled, sweet drink.

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History of Christmas

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YearChristmas Day
2019Wednesday , December 25
2020Friday , December 25
2021Saturday , December 25
2022Sunday , December 25

Traditionally, Christians claim Christmas as the day on which Jesus Christ, Son Of God, was born. And although many of our Christmas Day rituals and traditions evolve from that singular moment, that is not the whole story. Because theres myth versus reality of Christmas, let's unpack what we do know. The fact is that no one knows the exact time and place of Jesus ' birth. In the Bible New Testament, apostles Matthew, Mark, Luke and John share similar stories but they never actually name the date of Jesus ' birth. December 25 is largely attributed to the first Christian historian, Sextus Julius Africanus, around AD 221. In one view of why December 25 was chosen as the official date for Christmas, historians believe the early Church wanted to link the Son Of God's birth with the rebirth of the Sun, which arrives after the winter equinox. The second view based date around Jesus ' date of conception on March 25, at spring equinox. December 25 would reveal Jesus ' birth exactly nine months later. At one point, church designated January 6 as the Jesu baptismal date and the correct date for Christmas. But by 9 century, Christmas was observed only as a minor holiday day. The Middle Ages, Europeans created some of the Christmas customs we recognize today. In Strasbourg, apple-decorate fir trees appear in homes. During the 17 and 18 centuries, people started to give gifts as symbolic of Magi arriving in Bethlehem with offerings for newborn baby. In the 19th century, first wreaths lade with 24 candles representing 24 days before Christmas, were later reduced to a much safer four candles. Eventually, Christmas Day traditions spread beyond Europe to Latin and North America and other places around the world.


Why It Is Celebrated On December 25th?

With holiday decorations popping up in stores before kids have finished their Halloween candy, it may be hard to imagine that Christmas wasnt always celebrated on December 25. But it wasnt until about three centuries after the birth of Jesus that Christians began commemorating it as a holiday on December 25. Dont miss the history of 10 Christmas traditions. Why was that? First of all, Bible doesnt mention any specific date of birth for Jesus. Some biblical scholars note that passages mentioning sheep indicate Jesus may have been born in spring, not in winter, according to history. Com. But the December 25 date could have come from the Roman Catholic historian, Sextus Julius Africanus. In AD 221, he dated Jesuss conception to March 25nine, months before December 25. In addition, early Christian leaders considered the celebration of birthdays pagan ritual. The Feast of Epiphany, which commemorates three Wise Men visiting Jesus and Easter, day of Jesuss resurrection, were considered more important religious holidays for early Christians, but that doesnt mean that early Christian leaders were willing to take pages from pagans. Check out these Christmas traditions from around the world. In the third century, Roman Empire, which at the time had not adopted Christianity, celebrated the rebirth of the Unconquered Sun on December 25. This holiday not only marked the return of longer days after winter solstice but also followed popular Roman festival called Saturnalia. It was also the birthday of the Indo-European deity Mithra, god of light and loyalty whose cult was at the time growing popular among Roman soldiers, according to Britannica. Com. Early church leaders may have wanted to provide an alternative to pagan celebrations. In AD 336, church in Rome officially began celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 25. By that time, Emperor Constantine had made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire. Holiday were widely accepted by early Christians, however. It wasnt until the ninth century that Christmas became a major holiday. Next, read about the surprising history behind your favorite Christmas carols, or these cool facts about the White House Christmas tree.

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Christmas Traditions

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YearChristmas Day
2019Wednesday , December 25
2020Friday , December 25
2021Saturday , December 25
2022Sunday , December 25

From its Puritan roots to complaints of rampant commercialism, Christmas in America has been filled with traditions, old and new. According to a Pew Research Center survey, nine in 10 Americans say they celebrate holiday, and while it is true that many Christmas traditions date back to 16-century Germany or even ancient Greek Times, others have caught on in modern times. Here look at 25 ways Americans have celebrated the Christmas season, from singing songs and reciting poems to decorating Trees and swapping cookies to guzzling Eggnog and wearing Ugly Sweaters. Christmas Trees-decorate Trees date back to Germany in the Middle Ages, with German and other European settlers popularizing Christmas Trees in America in the early 19th century. A New York woodsman named Mark Carr is credited with opening the first US Christmas Tree lot in 1851. A 2019 survey by American Christmas Tree Association, predict that 77 percent of US households would display a Christmas Tree in their home. Among those trees on display, estimate 81 percent were artificial and 19 percent were real. Rockettes-Since 1925, first known as Missouri Rockets, this iconic dance troupe has been kicking up its heels, officially becoming Radio City Music Hall Rockettes in 1934. From performing at movie openings to entertaining troops to making TV appearances, theyre perhaps best-know for their annual Christmas Spectacular. Charlie Brown Christmas-Decades later, it may be hard to imagine that this beloved TV special inspired by Charles Schulzs Peanuts comic strip was first rejected by CBS executives. But when it finally aired on December 9 1965, almost half of all US TV sets were tuned to broadcast, and the show went on to win an Emmy, Peabody, enduring following and even the trend of Charlie Brown Christmas Trees. I never thought it was such a bad little Tree, Linus said in special. It's not bad at all, really. Maybe it just need little love. Christmas pickle-If there is pickle among your snowman, angel and reindeer ornaments, youre likely taking part in the American tradition of hiding green ornament on the tree, so that the first child to find it win a gift, or get to open the first present on Christmas morning. Practices origins are a bit murky, but, it is likely grow from Woolworths marketing gimmick from the late 1800s, when retailers received imported German ornaments shaped like pickles and needed sales pitch. Elf on Shelf-Love it or loathe it, Since 2005, moms and dads have either joyously or begrudgingly been hiding toy Elf each night from Thanksgiving to Christmas. More than 13 million Elves have been adopted since 2005 when Carol Aebersold and her daughter, Chanda Bell, published the Book Elf on Shelf: Christmas Tradition that Come With toy. Social media has even inspired some parents to set up elaborate scenarios for their elvesas, in: He TPd Tree! She fills the sink with marshmallows!

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