Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed cultural holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide, which ends after the twelfth night. Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.
Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary as a fulfillment of the Old Testament's Messianic prophecy. The Bible contains two accounts which describe the events surrounding Jesus' birth. Depending on one's perspective, these accounts either differ from each other or tell two versions of the same story.
Christmas is Become the biggest festival in the world and billions of people celebrate it with carols, parties and decorations. People send Christmas Wishes and business are getting geared up for expected shopping spree. People are usually buy 100′s of Christmas Gifts, Christmas Hampers and Christmas Gift Baskets for Christmas. The celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian, Christian, and secular themes and origins. 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.
While the birth year of Jesus is estimated among modern historians to have been between 7 and 2 BC, the exact month and day of his birth are unknown. His birth is mentioned in two of the four canonical gospels. By the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted in the East, although some churches celebrate on the December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which corresponds to January in the modern-day Gregorian calendar. 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, or with one or more ancient polytheistic festivals that occurred near southern solstice (i.e., the Roman winter solstice); a further solar connection has been suggested because of a biblical verse[a] identifying Jesus as the "Sun of righteousness".
Christmas Celebration Christmas Day is celebrated as a major festival and public holiday in countries around the world, including many whose populations are mostly non-Christian. In some non-Christian countries, periods of former colonial rule introduced the celebration (e.g. Hong Kong); in others, Christian minorities or foreign cultural influences have led populations to observe the holiday. Countries such as Japan, where Christmas is popular despite there being only a small number of Christians, have adopted many of the secular aspects of Christmas, such as gift-giving, decorations, and Christmas trees.
Christmas Decorations The practice of putting up special decorations at Christmas has a long history. In the 15th century, it was recorded that in London it was the custom at Christmas for every house and all the parish churches to be "decked with holm, ivy, bays, and whatsoever the season of the year afforded to be green". The heart-shaped leaves of ivy were said to symbolize the coming to earth of Jesus, while holly was seen as protection against pagans and witches, its thorns and red berries held to represent the Crown of Thorns worn by Jesus at the crucifixion and the blood he shed.
Christmas Gifts The exchanging of gifts is one of the core aspects of the modern Christmas celebration, making it the most profitable time of year for retailers and businesses throughout the world. Gift giving was common in the Roman celebration of Saturnalia, an ancient festival which took place in late December and may have influenced Christmas customs. On Christmas, people exchange gifts based on the tradition associated with St. Nicholas, and the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh which were given to the baby Jesus by the Magi.
Christmas Greetings Christmas Messages Christmas Wishes Quotes WallpaperBest wishes for Christmas Best wishes for Christmas and a Happy New Year, to the birth of Christ brought with him the joy , peace, hope and love.
Wishing you the gift of faith, the blessing of hope and the peace of His love at Christmas and always.
“Mankind is a great, an immense family… This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.”
Merry Christmas Fill up your life with love, compassion, tolerance, peace and happiness. Merry Christmas!
May your life be colorful magnificent,shimmering and Joyful, As the magic of Christmas spreads on you Merry Christmas.
There’s no you and me on Christmas Day, It’s just us! Merry Christmas
Faith makes all things possible, Hope makes all things work, Love makes all things beautiful, May you have all the three for this Christmas. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
When I became a parent I was Santa Claus
Now I have grandchildren I look like Santa Claus
Take part in the celebrations – make it the most memorable Christmas ever.
Heap on the wood!-the wind is chill, But let it whistle as it will, We’ll keep our Christmas merry still
The magic of christmas is not in the presents. but in his presence.
Merry Christmas and may Gods grace be with you. Make merry not just on this wonderful holiday but all through the year!
When I got older I didn’t believe in Santa Claus