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Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, 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.

Santa Claus

The man we know as Santa Claus has a history all his own. Today, he is thought of mainly as the jolly man in red, but his story stretches all the way back to the third century.Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, and simply "Santa", is a figure with legendary, mythical, historical and folkloricaspects who, in many western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, December 24.[1] The modern figure was derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas,[2] which, in turn, may have part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of gift giver Saint Nicholas. A nearly identical story is attributed by Greek and Byzantine folklore to Basil of Caesarea. Basil's feast day on January 1 is considered the time of exchanging gifts in Greece.

Christmas Trees

Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. Just as people today decorate their homes during the festive season with pine, spruce, and fir trees, ancient peoples hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. In many countries it was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness.The Christmas tree, also known as a Yule tree, is a decorated evergreen coniferous tree, real or artificial, and a tradition associated with the celebration of Christmas. The tradition of decorating an evergreen tree at Christmas started in Livonia and Germany in the 16th century.[2][3] The Christmas tree is traditionally brought into the home and decorated with Christmas lights (originally candles), ornaments, garlands, tinsel, and candy canes during the days around Christmas. An angel or star is placed at the top of the tree, representing the host of angels or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity.

Christmas Comes

Christmas comes with children singing,

Christmas comes with sleigh bells ringing,

Christmas comes with frosty nights,

Christmas comes with snowball fights.

Christmas comes with Santa Claus,

Christmas comes with snowy floors,

Christmas comes with robins and reindeer,

Chsitmas comes with a hearty cheer.

Christmas comes with gold, frankincense and myrrh,

Christmas comes with Jesus' birth,

Christmas comes with angels from afar,

Christmas comes with a wondrous star.

Christmas comes now, at last,

Christmas comes, like in the past,

Christmas comes after such a long wait,

Christmas comes and it will be great.

Amy Darnbrook

A Christmas Wish

by Philippe Brisebois

A time of year

To think of love and sharing

A time of peace

For the whole world to cherish

A time to be with all your friends and family

And wish them all

A Merry Christmas

Making angels in the snow

or sliding down a hill

roasting chestnuts on the fire

takes away the chill

Candy canes and mistle toe

and grand-ma’s home made pie

Ginger bread and hot co-co

You know it’s Christmas time

Seasons come and seasons pass

but we still remember

the joy we shared on Christmas last

looking forward to next December

Flowers bloom, then pumpkins grow,

then suddenly it starts to snow.

Then our hearts are young again

You know it’s Christmas time.

On Christmas eve

Santa will soon be coming

with lots of toys

for girls and boys to play with.

To see their eyes sparkle like stars above

is all we need for a Merry Christmas....

So live your life with kindness and love in your heart

and you’ll always have a merry Christmas.

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