Christmas

Christmas

When is Christmas 2020?

Christmas

Christmas is a Christian holiday admiring the birth of Jesus. Christians celebrate Jesus' birthday on December 25, whereas Orthodox Christians celebrate it on or near January 7. They believe that Jesus is the son of God, the Messiah sent from Heaven to save the world. It developed over two millennia into a globally religious and secular ceremony, incorporating numerous pre-Christian, pagan customs into the celebration.

Is Christmas a Federal Holiday?

In the 1870s, the federal government started to recognize state holidays as federal holidays. Christmas, George Washington's birthday, Independence Day, New Year's Day, and Thanksgiving were the first five holidays to be approved as federal holidays. All the employees have to take a three-day holiday to celebrate Christmas with families, except that employees who work in critical government and state establishments. Many countries around the world adopted the concept of nationalization of Christmas. During the festival, facilities like schools, hotels, businesses, and banks remain closed.

How People celebrate Christmas?

People celebrate Christmas Day in several ways. It is usually connected with traditions from pre-Christian winter celebrations. Many people decorate their houses, visit relatives or friends' houses, and exchange gifts. The days or even weeks before Christmas Day, people start to decorate their homes and gardens with Christmas trees, lights, and much more.

People arrange a special meal for their own family or friends, usually consisting of turkey and a variety of other festive foods, and exchange gifts with them. Especially, Children receive a lot of presents from Santa Claus. It has led to Christmas Day becoming a frequently commercialized holiday. On this occasion, a lot of people spend a large part of their earnings on food and gifts.

Many churches and communities arrange special events, which include decorating a shopping mall, placing a Christmas tree, representing a Nativity display, and concert. They arrange plays and songs on the theme of Christmas. Some groups of people organize a charitable event, in which they arrange food and shelter for the needy people.

People go to church to attend events on Chrismas eve. There people singing Christmas carol, some of the lines of the carol are mentioned below:

"O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!
O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him
Born the King of Angels
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ, the Lord! “

Use #merrychristmas on social media to mark this day. Send Merry Christmas messages to friends and relatives. There are some Messages or wishes which you can send to your loved ones.

  • "Christmas is about spending time with family and friends. It's about creating happy memories that will last a lifetime. Merry Christmas to you and your family!"
  • "May the closeness of friends, the comfort of home, and the unity of our nation, renew your spirits this festive season. Merry Christmas to your family."
  • "'This the season to wish one another joy and love and peace. These are my wishes for you, Merry Christmas, our dear friends, may you feel the love this special day."
  • "May this festive season sparkle and shine, may all of your wishes and dreams come true, and may you feel this happiness all year round. Merry Christmas!"

What do people eat on Christmas?

Traditional Christmas dinner includes a turkey with stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and vegetables like turnip, parsnips, carrots, etc. Other things also include in this like types of poultry, ham, and roast beef, etc. For tasty yummy desert, people prepare pumpkin or apple pie, Christmas pudding, raisin pudding, or fruit cake. But depending upon region, some people prepare tamales, roast goose with red cabbage, roast pork, crawfish, or seven fishes seafood salad.

Some interesting facts related to Christmas

  • The first Christmas card approved by Sir Henry in 1843. This card is designed by John Calcott Horsley and includes words "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you."
  • In 325 A.D., Constantine the Great defined holiday and set a date for Birthday of Jesus as December 25.
  • In 18 Century, a custom of Christmas tree had begun in Germany. Lit of candles represents the light of Christ in the world.

Christmas Observances

Year Date Day Holiday
2021 25 Dec Sat Christmas
2020 25 Dec Fri Christmas
2019 25 Dec Wed Christmas
2018 25 Dec Tue Christmas
2017 25 Dec Mon Christmas
2016 25 Dec Sun Christmas
2015 25 Dec Fri Christmas
2014 25 Dec Thu Christmas
2013 25 Dec Wed Christmas Day
2012 25 Dec Tue Christmas Day
2011 26 Dec Mon Christmas Day observed
2011 25 Dec Sun Christmas Day
2010 25 Dec Sat Christmas Day
2009 25 Dec Fri Christmas Day
2008 25 Dec Thu Christmas Day

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Christmas Facts

25

US

December 25, 2020

Quick Schedules

This Year Saturday, 25 Dec, 2021
Next Year Sunday, 25 Dec, 2022
Last Year Friday, 25 Dec, 2020
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