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Christmas History Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennium, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion

Popular customs include exchanging gifts,

decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive.

 

December 25– Christmas Day–has been a

federal holiday in the United States since 1870.

Christmas Carol Around the 18th Century, English author Charles Dickens created the classic holiday tale, A Christmas Carol. The story’s message-the importance of charity and good will towards all humankind-struck a powerful chord in the United States and England and showed members of Victorian society the benefits of celebrating the holiday. Did You Know? 1659 - 1681 The celebration of Christmas was outlawed in Boston, and law-breakers were fined five shillings. June 26, 1870 Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States on June 26, 1870. Today, in the Greek and Russian orthodox churches, Christmas is celebrated 13 days after the 25th, which is also referred to as the Epiphany or Three Kings Day. This is the day it is believed. 1939 Rudolph, “the most famous reindeer of all,” was the product of Robert L. May’s imagination. The copywriter wrote a poem about the reindeer to help lure customers into the Montgomery Ward department store.
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