Even if you’re not among those who celebrate Christmas, at least you will have some days off from work in honor of this annual festival.
What is Christmas?
“Why is Christmas celebrated?”, “what does Christmas really Mean?” and “how did Christmas begin?” are common Googled questions about Christmas Day celebration.
Christmas is an annual festival and one of the most popular public holidays in the United States from 1870 to date. Christmas is celebrated in honor of the birth of Jesus Christ and it is observed on December 25 in different parts of the world as both a religious and cultural celebration.
Well-known Christmas activities such as; decoration of Christmas trees, sharing of Christmas dishes with family and friends, church service, Christmas songs and carols, Christmas quotes, wishes, and messages, add beauty to this annual holiday, and make the season incredibly fun and interesting.
Most people take Christmas Day to be Jesus’ birthday, but this is not true as the month and date of Jesus’ birth are unknown. Christmas Day was fixed to be celebrated every December 25 by the church in the early 4th century. According to a Christmas history, this festival originated from Rome during the time of Emperor Constantine. Although there’s no individual credited with the invention of Christmas, it is technically invented by the Romans.
In simple words, the true meaning of Christmas to Christians is the celebration of God’s gift (Jesus Christ the savior) for the redemption of mankind. Therefore, all the activities during this festive period should be in a way that it will easily inculcate in us and the children to give up one’s very self and to think only of how to bring the greatest happiness to others just as the coming of Jesus Christ in the bible.
When is Christmas 2020?
Before you know it, Christmas is here again. It is common and wise to want to figure out how many days to Christmas or what day of the week does Christmas fall in 2020. To know how to buckle up and strategize for a perfect Christmas day preparation.
Friday, December 25, 2020, is this year’s Christmas day. Thursday, 24 December 2020 would be Christmas Eve.
This year’s Christmas might be a little bit different from that of last year due to the covid-19 pandemic virus but that shouldn’t make it anything less interesting as you would have the opportunity to spend ample time with your family, show love and gratitude, and make people around you happy while you observe social distancing.
When is Christmas Day 2021
Next year’s Christmas will be observed on Saturday, 25 December 2021, and Christmas eve will be on Friday 24th December 2021.
Fun facts about Christmas
Don’t spend the 12 days of Christmas without knowing these Christmas fun facts from around the world you would like to know.
- The two major Christmas calendars making the Christmas holiday to last 13-14 days after the 25th are the Gregorian and Julian calendar used by the western churches and eastern churches respectively.
- In the United State alone, more than 30 million real Christmas trees are solved each year.
- Christmas was officially illegal in England from 147 to 1660.
- Christmas became a federal holiday in the United States on 26 June 1870.
- Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition started in 1931 by construction workers.
- The first American eggnog was created by Jamestown settlers.
- Xmas which is an abbreviation for Christmas isn’t modern as you. It dates back to 1551.
- Over 90 percent of US citizens celebrate Christmas as a religious or secular holiday.
- What became popular as Christmas candy is of German origin. A German-Swedish immigrant first decorated his tree with candy canes in 1847.
- Santa Claus the jolly old man at the North Pole (the Dutch version of Santa Claus isn’t from the North Pole) didn’t always appear in red. Coca Cola decided to get him in colors that match their brand.
- A pig head covered with mustard was the traditional Christmas meal before turkey became popular in England.
- Jingle Bells, a song written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857 and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” was primarily written for Thanksgiving, not Christmas.
- The first artificial Christmas tree was made out of goose feathers and dyed green in the 19th century.