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Do you know why we celebrate Christmas Day. This article will give the complete information about Santa Claus how he look like and who created, relation between Christmas and Santa Claus and many more.

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Christmas, Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus across the world. The English term Christmas (“mass on Christ’s day”) is of fairly recent origin. The earlier term Yule may have derived from the Germanic jōl or the Anglo-Saxon geōl, which referred to the feast of the winter solstice. The corresponding terms in other languages—Navidad in Spanish, Natale in Italian, Noël in French—all probably denote nativity. The German word Weihnachten denotes “hallowed night.” Since the early 20th century, Christmas has also been a secular family holiday, observed by Christians and non-Christians.

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Christmas Day Celebration

Christmas is a celebration that is filled with delight, cheerfulness, and worship in the life of people. On this occasion, people go to church, sing carols, participate in different religious services, swap presents, beautify their homes with holly, mistletoe, lights, flowers, and Christmas trees and conduct family get-togethers.

On Christmas Eve, churches across the globe perform evening services. At midnight, many churches perform extraordinary candlelight services. Santa Claus is an admired personality in the Christmas event who distributes presents to the kids. People prepare several cakes and feasts, express their joy and happiness by singing Christmas carols i.e. songs and welcome the Lord.

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Origin of Christmas

The first known date of Christmas being rejoiced on December 25th was in 336 AD, through the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine who was the first Christian Roman Emperor. After some years, Pope Julius I formally announced that the birth of Jesus would rejoice on the 25th of December.

Why December:

December 25th may have even been selected as the Winter Solstice and the early pagan Roman midwinter festivals known as ‘Saturnalia’ and ‘Dies Natalis Solis Invicti’ happened in December near this date – thus it was a period when individuals were previously celebrating events.

Christmas Tree

Do you know that the 1st decorated Christmas tree was placed or kept in Riga, Latvia in 1510? In Germany, the first Christmas tree was decorated with apples, gingerbread, wafers, and sweets. Different types of trees are used in different countries as Christmas trees and every time they are not fir trees. Like in New Zealand – the ‘Pohutakawa’ tree is used and consists of red flowers.

Simply as before Christians introduced Roman pagans by linking Christmas with the Saturnalia, so even followers of the Asheira sect and its branch members were selected by the Church giving sanctions to “Christmas Trees”.  Pagans had worshipped trees in the forest for ages, or grown them in their homes and decorated them, and this ceremony was known and rejoiced with a Christian facade by the Church.

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Santa Claus-favorite one

Santa Claus, who is the traditional patron of Christmas in the United States and other countries, bringing gifts to children. His popular image is based on traditions associated with Saint Nicholas, a 4th-century Christian saint. Father Christmas fills the role in many European countries.

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The Dutch are credited with transporting the legend of Saint Nicholas (Sinterklaas) to New Amsterdam (New York City), along with the custom of giving gifts and sweets to children on his feast day, December 6. The current depiction of Santa Claus is based on images drawn by cartoonist Thomas Nast for Harper’s Weekly beginning in 1863.

The image was further defined by the popular Santa Claus advertisements created for the Coca-Cola Company from 1931 by illustrator Haddon Sundblum. Sundblum’s Santa was a portly white-bearded gentleman dressed in a red suit with a black belt and white fur trim, black boots, and a soft red cap.

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