Christmas Day Celebration - 25th December 2016

Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual festival to memorialize the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated most generally on 25th December as a religious and cultural celebration among vast number of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is prepared for by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West last twelve days and wind up on Twelfth Night; in some traditions, Christmastide includes an Octave. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations, it is celebrated culturally by a large number of non-Christian people and it is an integral part of the holiday season, while some Christian groups refuse the celebration. In several countries, celebrating Christmas Eve on 24th December has the main focus rather than on 25th December, with gift-giving and sharing a traditional meal with the family and relatives. While the month and date of Jesus' birth are unknown, by the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on 25th December, a date later adopted in the East. Today, most Christians celebrate Christmas on 25th December in the Gregorian calendar, which is also the calendar in near-universal use in the secular world. However, some Eastern churches celebrate Christmas on the 25th December of the older Julian calendar, which currently corresponds to 7th January in the Gregorian calendar, the day after the Western Christian Church celebrates the flash. This is not a disagreement over the date of Christmas as such, but rather a disagreement over which calendar should be used to determine the day i.e., 25th December. The date of Christmas may have initially been chosen to coincide with the day exactly nine months after the day on which early Christians believed that Jesus was perceive, or with one or more ancient polytheistic festivals that occurred near the Roman winter extent; a further solar connection has been suggested because of a biblical verse identifying Jesus as the "Sun of righteousness".

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The celebratory customs associated in varied different countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian, Christian, and secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift givingChristmas music and caroling, lighting a Christingle, completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath, an exchange of Christmas cards, church services, special meal and the display of varied Christmas decorations, including nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, Christmas trees, Christmas lights and holly. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus and Christkind associated with carrying gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore. Because gift-giving and many different aspects of the Christmas festival involves heightened economic activity, the holiday has become a momentous event and key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic blow of Christmas is a aspect that has grown calmly over the past few centuries in different regions of the world.
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