The Origin of Christmas

The Origin of Christmas
Christmas developed independently of the birth of Jesus, with certain elements having origins in pre-Christian festivals that were celebrated around the winter solstice. Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia people have been observing it with traditions and practices. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. December 25th Christmas Day has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870. The name Christmas came from Christ-Mass a service that they would remember that Jesus died and came back to life. The first ever recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336. Christmas is a time of joy and celebrating time with your family. On Christmas kids wait to open their gifts from under the Christmas tree. Some people go on vacation to go see snow and visit with family and friends and others just go on vacation because usually kids get off two weeks

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from school for winter break. So, families are more likely to go on vacation during the break because they don’t have to worry about school, but not all people travel for the holidays some stay at their homes and celebrate with the families there. On Christmas or Christmas Eve people usually have a big dinner and depending on the traditions they go buy some people open their presents on Christmas Eve and have a Christmas breakfast. So, in conclusion it’s a day to celebrate Jesus and for kids to open gifts with family and friends.