The precise origin of assigning December 25 as the birth date of Jesus is unclear. Today was first identified as the date of Jesus’ birth by Sextus Julius Africanus in 221 and later became the universally accepted date.
Why is Christmas Day important
Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God. The name ‘Christmas‘ comes from the Mass of Christ (or Jesus). A Mass service (which is sometimes called Communion or Eucharist) is where Christians remember that Jesus died for us and then came back to life.
How to observe Christmas Day
People celebrate Christmas Day in many ways. It is often combined with customs from pre-Christian winter celebrations. Many people decorate their homes, visit family or friends, and exchange gifts.
It is common to organize a special meal, often consisting of turkey and a lot of other festive foods, for family or friends and exchange gifts with them. Children, in particular, often receive a lot of gifts from their parents and other relatives and the mythical figure Santa Claus. This has led to Christmas Day becoming an increasingly commercialized holiday, with a lot of families spending a large part of their income on gifts and food.
Many Sunday schools, churches, and communities organize special events. These can include decorating the neighborhood or a shopping mall, putting up a Christmas tree, and planning a Nativity display, concert, or performance. A lot of plays and songs have an aspect of Christmas as a theme. Some groups arrange meals, shelter, or charitable projects for people without a home or with very little money.
Government offices, organizations, businesses, and schools are closed, almost without exception. Many people visit relatives or friends and are out of town. This may cause congestion on highways and at airports. Public transit systems do not run on their regular schedules. In general, public life closes down completely.
- The Christmas Story Sequencing Cards
- Christmas Card Templates
- Design Your Own Snowman Christmas Cards
- Christmas Tree Decoration Craft
- Printable Christmas Tree Star
- Christmas Gift Tags
- Rudolph Handprint Card Pack
- UN and other international NGO
- Non-Profits website for the observance