Christmas (Christianity)

On December 24, 2011


Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, who is considered by Christians to be the Son of God, and the savior of all people. The exact birthday of Jesus is not known (historians place his year of birth some time between 7 BC and 2 BC) but narratives of his birth can be found in the New Testament of the Bible. Christmas marks the beginning of a larger period, Christmastide, which lasts for 12 days (December 24 to January 6).

Although nominally a Christian holiday, Christmas is celebrated by non-Christians worldwide. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, music, exchange of Christmas cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and decorations including Christmas trees, lights, garlands, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly.

Several figures, such as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season.

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