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Annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ

  • Christmas Day is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
  • Christmas Day is observed as a cultural and religious holiday around the world.
  • The festival is popular both amongst Christians and non-Christians.
  • December 25 is observed as the Christmas in many countries except Armenian Apostolic Church and the Armenian Catholic Church which observe it on January 6.
  • The Christ Candle in the center of the Advent wreath is traditionally lit in many church services on the day.
  • The day is also called Xmas. The 'X' came from the Greek which means 'Christ'.
  • The French gave the Statue of Liberty to the US in 1886 as Christmas gift.
  • The Pumpkin Cake is the traditional christmas sweet of United States. Germans makes Lebkuchen , a cookie made of honey.
  • The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.
  • In A.D. 320, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.
  • Christmas trees have been sold in the U.S. since 1850.
  • Alabama was the first state in the United States to officially recognize Christmas in 1836.
  • Oklahoma was the last U.S. state to declare Christmas a legal holiday, in 1907.
  • Christmas wasn’t declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870.
  • Santa Claus is based on a real person, St. Nikolas of Myra who lived during the fourth century.
  • President Teddy Roosevelt, an environmentalist, banned Christmas trees from the White House in 1912.
  • In 1962, the first Christmas postage stamp was issued in the United States.
  • Electric Christmas lights were first used in 1854.
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