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  History Of Christmas Day, Christmas Day 2007, Christmas Day 2008, About Christmas Day, Christmas Day History
Christmas (literally, the Mass of Christ) is a holiday in the Christian calendar, usually observed on December 25, which celebrates the birth of Jesus.
In predominantly Christian countries, Christmas has become the most economically significant holiday of the year, and it is also celebrated as a secular holiday in many countries with small Christian populations.
Local and regional Christmas traditions are still rich and varied, despite the widespread influence of American and British Christmas motifs through literature, television, and other media.
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  Learn more about Christmas in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Christmas is celebrated on December 25 in all Christian churches (Eastern Rite Roman & Protestant), but since most Eastern Orthodox churches have not accepted either the Gregorian calendar or the Revised Julian Calendar reforms, the Ecclesiastic December 25 will fall on the civil date of January 7 for the years between 1900 to 2099.
Christmas is traditionally associated with the Northern Hemisphere winter, and thus winter motifs are prominent in Christmas decorations and in the Santa Claus myth.
The great church adopted Christmas much later than Epiphany, and before the 5th century there was no general consensus of opinion as to when it should come in the calendar, whether on the 6th of January, or the 25th of March, or the 25th of December.
www.onlineencyclopedia.org /c/ch/christmas.html   (2341 words)

  
 MSN Encarta - Christmas
The official Christmas season, popularly known as either Christmastide or the Twelve Days of Christmas, extends from the anniversary of Christ’s birth on December 25 to the feast of Epiphany on January 6.
Christmas is based on the story of Jesus’ birth as described in the Gospel according to Matthew (see Matthew 1:18-2:12) and the Gospel according to Luke (see Luke 1:26-56).
But colonial accounts of Christmas celebrations in the South do not mention the presence of mummers (masked or costumed merrymakers) or waits (musicians or carolers paid to perform at Christmastime), both of which were central figures of the traditional English Christmas.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761556859/Christmas.html   (1670 words)

  
 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Christmas
Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church.
The day became a favourite for court ceremonies, and on it, e.g., William of Normandy was crowned at Westminster.
Gervase of Tilbury (thirteen century) says that in England grain is exposed on Christmas night to gain fertility from the dew which falls in response to "Rorate Cæli"; the tradition that trees and flowers blossomed on this night is first quoted from an Arab geographer of the tenth century, and extended to England.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/03724b.htm   (4660 words)

  
 CVC's Christmas in GREECE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Once a day, a family member, usually the mother, dips the cross and basil into some holy water and uses it to sprinkle water in each room of the house.
To further repel the undesirable sprites, the hearth is kept burning day and night throughout the twelve days.
On this day the "renewal of waters" also takes place, a ritual in which all water jugs in the house are emptied and refilled with new "St. Basil's Water." The ceremony is often accompanied by offerings to the naiads, spirits of springs and fountains.
www.cvc.org /christmas/greece.htm   (467 words)

  
 Ukraine and Ukrainian Christmas at BRAMA
Nicholas Day, not Christmas, is the usual gift-giving day in much of Europe including Ukraine, although for Christmas it was the custom of all members in the family to get a new article of clothing.
The rituals of the Christmas Eve are dedicated to God, to the welfare of the family, and to the remembrance of the ancestors.
In Ukraine, this is a very important Christmas tradition, because the stalks of grain symbolize all the ancestors of the family, and it is believed that their spirits reside in it during the holidays.
www.brama.com /art/christmas.html   (2405 words)

  
 CHRISTMAS
The Christmas feast was brought ceremoniously into the hall, headed by the chief cook carrying in the boar's head, followed by servants bearing an incredible number of dishes.
In England the observance of Christmas was forbidden by act of Parliament in 1644.
The Puritans and other Protestant groups were right when they said that Christmas observations in December had their origins in pagan festivals of the winter solstice, and that no one knew in what season Christ was born.
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 Christmas Traditions
When my first daughter was born in 1995, I told myself that every year during the Christmas Holiday that she and I would gather toys, clothes and books and other items around the house and donate them to other families that didn't have as much as us.
When asked why we were to eat such a simple soup before all of the delicious cakes, cookies and candies, you would think that she would say that it was good for you to eat simple before all of the rich food.
In the morning of Christmas, my children with their respective families plus my mother, father, a cousin and her mother (a total of 16 people) come to my house to exchange our gifts and spend most of the day together.
www.americanfamilytraditions.com /christmas_traditions.htm   (2475 words)

  
 Chistmas In Canada   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
On Christmas Eve, December 24th, there is usually a turkey dinner and in the middle of the night, Santa Claus is said to come down the chimney and place the presents under the tree.
Most people eat turkey for their Christmas dinner, but in the old days people used to eat Tourtire, which is a sort of stew made of a layer of meat, a layer of potatoes, a layer of onions, another layer of meat, potatoes, onions and so on till it is big enough.
Christmas dinner is called "Reveillon" (waking up) and it is eaten when people come back from Midnight Mass, maybe at two o'clock in the morning.
www.the-north-pole.com /around/canada.html   (511 words)

  
 Christmas traditions & customs round the world. How different countries celebrate Christmas.
Small family presents are given at Christmas too, under the tree, or in stockings near the fire-place, to be found in the morning.
At mid-day, the 'peace of Christmas' is broadcast on radio and TV from the Finnish city of Turku by its Mayor.
On Christmas morning, things such as cinnamon rolls or coffee cake are served for breakfast, and for dinner there is typically ham (and occasionally regal plum pudding).
www.soon.org.uk /country/christmas.htm   (1495 words)

  
 Christmas in Japan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Christmas trees (artificial --- there is no live Christmas tree market) however, have begun to appear in the occasional home, and can be bought in big department stores.
Christmas day, for example is not a holiday from work.
Of course Christmas is a kind of enjoyable day and we celebrate the day, but many people don't exaclty know what is the original of Christmas.
www.cvc.org /christmas/japan.htm   (1534 words)

  
 Christmas Day - Christmas,Christmas 2007,Christmas in India,Christmas Day in India
Christmas is an annual holiday of Christians that commemorates the birth of Lord Jesus.
Christmas celebrations include various traditions such as arrival of Santa Claus, display of nativity scenes, Christmas trees and exchange of gifts and cards.
Christmas is the time to adorn the traditional Christmas Tree with lights and decoratives.
www.christmas-day.org   (124 words)

  
 Christmas Day
Pope Julius formally selected December 25 as the day of Christmas in 349 A.D. Roman Catholics, Lutherans, members of the Dutch Reformed and Anglican churches, and those of the German sects were most responsible for establishing Christmas traditions in America.
Christmas customs spread with the westward expansion of the United States and by the late 1800s had become firmly entrenched in American society.
The Christmas Tree is a German tradition, started as early as 700 A.D. In the 1800s the tradition of a Christmas tree was widespread in Germany, then moved to England and then to America through Pennsylvanian German immigrants.
www.calendar-updates.com /Holidays/US/christmas.htm   (1006 words)

  
 Urban Legends Reference Pages: Holidays (Christmas Day)
shepherds guarded their flocks day and night only at lambing time, in the spring; in winter, the animals were kept in corrals, unwatched.
In those tenuous early days of Christianity, however, Church fathers debated strategies for supplanting the Mithras cult with their own religion.
We hold this day holy, not like the pagans because of the birth of the sun, but because of him who made it.
www.snopes.com /holidays/christmas/jesus.asp   (435 words)

  
 culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Christmas is a day for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ who was born nearly 2000 year ago.
The Christmas tree is the soul of this festival for Germans, it was originated in Germany.
One Christmas Eve he brought in an evergreen tree to his daughters nursery for her to enjoy since the weather was too bad for her to go outside.
www.geocities.com /Tokyo/Island/6639/xmas.htm   (1143 words)

  
 All about the Christmas tree: Pagan origins, Christian adaptation and secular status
Modern-day opposition continues: some condemn the Christmas tree because they believe it to be a Christian symbol; others condemn it because they believe that the custom of cutting down a tree, erecting it in the home and decorating it is a Pagan custom.
At Christmas 2000, the city manager of Eugene OR ordered that Christmas trees could not be erected on city properties because he considered them Christian religious symbols.
This is probably a myth, because the earliest documented record of a Christmas tree in Germany is dated to almost 60 years after his death.
www.religioustolerance.org /xmas_tree.htm   (1139 words)

  
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Christmas is a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.
By 1100, Christmas had become the most important religious festival in Europe, and Saint Nicholas was a symbol of gift giving in many European countries.
During the 1600's, because of these feelings, Christmas was outlawed in England and in parts of the English colonies in America.
www2.worldbook.com /features/holidays/html/history.htm   (556 words)

  
 Christmas Songs
A day or two ago, the story I must tell I went out on the snow And on my back I fell; A gent was riding by In a one-horse open sleigh, He laughed as there I sprawling lie, But quickly drove away.
Christmas makes you feel emotional It may bring parties or thoughts devotional Whatever happens or what may be, Here is what Christmas time means to me. City sidewalk, busy sidewalks dressed in holiday style.
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Ten lords a leaping, Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a milking, Seven swans a swimming, Six geese a laying, Five golden rings, Four calling birds, Three French Hens, Two turtle doves And a Partridge in a pear tree.
www.nevada.edu /~blake/Christmas.songs.html   (4417 words)

  
 How did Christmas start? How does the West celebrate Christmas? The real meaning of Christmas: legend or myth?
Christmas was just a good time to drink extra whisky and beer for Mohinder, until he found the real meaning of Christmas.
Christmas cards from different countries often show Mary, Joseph and Jesus in the landscape of that country, and with the racial appearance of that nationality, be it fl African, Indian, or Japanese.
Christmas was just a good time to drink more whisky and beer for Mohinder, until he found the real meaning of Christmas.
www.soon.org.uk /christmas.htm   (2457 words)

  
 Christmas-day.com | The Christmas Directory
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 Celebrate! Holidays In The U.S.A. - Christmas Day (December 25)
Christmas is a joyful religious holiday when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
No matter where you may be the rest of the year, being at "home" with your family and friends for Christmas is "a must." The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are the busiest times of the year at airports, train stations and bus depots.
On Christmas Day, there are other religious ceremonies at churches which families attend before they make their rounds to visit friends and relatives.
www.usemb.se /Holidays/celebrate/christma.html   (1584 words)

  
 The Twelve Days of Christmas
The Twelve Days of Christmas are probably the most misunderstood part of the church year among Christians who are not part of liturgical church traditions.
Contrary to much popular belief, these are not the twelve days before Christmas, but in the Western Church are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25th until January 5th).
The origin of the Twelve Days is complicated, and is related to differences in calendars, church traditions, and ways to observe this holy day in various cultures (see Christmas).
www.cresourcei.org /cy12days.html   (1455 words)

  
 'Tis the Christmas Season - Holy Spirit inspired, at Barbara's Entourage!
But then, when the day is gone, the ribbons and paper have been put in the garbage and the excitement is no longer there, that toy they longed for seems never to hold their attention for long.
Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
www.entourages.com /barbs/Christmas.htm   (1030 words)

  
 Christmas History - Old Christmas Day   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
It was decreed that one year was to consist of three hundred and sixty-five and a quarter days, divided into twelve months; the month of Quirinus was renamed 'July' to commemorate the Julian reform.
By the time England came round to adopting the Gregorian calendar, in the middle of the eighteenth century, England was eleven days ahead of the Continent.
Unfortunately, many people were not able to understand this simple manoeuvre and thought that the government had stolen eleven days of their lives.
www.christmas-time.com /cp-old.html   (358 words)

  
 Today in History: December 25
Today, observations of Christmas incorporate the secular and religious traditions of many cultures, from the ancient Roman practice of decorating homes with evergreens and exchanging gifts at the New Year to the Celtic Yule log.
For Margaret Davis, born in Clarke County, Georgia in 1887, Christmas brought to mind memories of the food and family that filled her parents' home between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.
Mama killed turkeys, chickens, and cooked cakes for two weeks…That was the way we spent our Christmas then, eating and dancing, and parties all through the week…There was not so many things for children to get then, as they have now, but we got many nice things.
memory.loc.gov /ammem/today/dec25.html   (1074 words)

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