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“Glory to God in the heavenly heights;
Peace to all men and women on earth."
 

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All Christians, celebrate Christmas as the birthday of Jesus Christ on 25th December every year and is an inseparable part of Christians all over the countries around the world. It is the most significant and spectacular of Christian festivals and no other celebration is so auspicious and enriched with so many customs and ceremonies. There is an array of spectacles like Christmas Star, Christmas tree, the Crib, Christmas Carol, Christmas cake, Christmas presents, greetings and the Christmas Father. Holy Mass is held in all the churches. Carol singing, setting up of decorated Christmas tree in all churches and homes, with a midnight mass depicts the beginning of Christmas.



Exchanges of greeting cards and sending and receiving gifts are now became the integral part of the festivities associated with the Christmas. There is also a feast in every Christian home with meat, Turkey, Cake as a special item, and the celebrations of Christmas leave good memories in every heart.

May your Christmas be filled with happiness, love, laughter, and all the heavenly blessings ….
 
 
 

Interesting Facts about Christmas

  • Traditions say that Christmas has been celebrated since the year 98 AD.
  • In 137 AD the Bishop of Rome ordered the birthday of the Christ Child celebrated as a solemn feast.
  • In 350 AD another Bishop of Rome, Julius I, choose December 25th as the observance of Christmas.
  • In 1652 the Puritans banned Christmas in Britain. Christmas returned to Christmas Day did not officially come into being until 354 when Pope Gregory proclaimed December 25 as the date of the Nativity.
  • England in 1660 with Charles II,.
  • Christmas as we know it today is a 19th-century invention.
  • The decorated Christmas tree, common in German countries for centuries, was introduced to Britain by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's Consort.
  • The custom of carol-singing, although with ancient origins, dates mainly from the 19th century.
  • The custom of singing carols at Christmas is of English origin.
  • Christmas crackers were invented in the late 19th century by an enterprising English baker, Tom Smith by 1900.
  • Christmas cards only became commonplace in the 1870s, although the first one was produced in London in 1846.
  • The familiar image of Santa Claus, complete with sled, reindeers, and sack of toys, is an American invention which first appeared in a drawing by Thomas Nast in Harper's Magazine in 1868.
  • Although this familiar image of Santa Claus was introduced into the United States from Holland and into England from Germany in the mid-19th century, it has roots in ancient European folklore and has influenced celebrations of Christmas worldwide.
  • The legend of Christmas Father is ancient and complex, being partly derived from St Nicholas, the “spirit of Christmas”.
  • In Russia, he additionally carries a pink piglet under his arm.
  • Unlike the Santa in the United States and the United Kingdom, the Japanese Santa Claus does not carry any religious connotations.
  • Poinsettia is the Christmas flower in United States and it is white rose in UK.
  • Christian homes in Bethlehem are marked by a cross painted over the door and each home displays a homemade manger scene. A star is set up on a pole in the village square.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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