About Christmas Christmas is a festival observed on December 25 by many Christians commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, whom the Bible says was born in Bethlehem in approximately 4 BC. Christmas Day officially became a national holiday in the United Kingdom during Queen Victoria’s reign, and although Christmas Day itself was part of an ancient festival called Yule (as were its predecessor, Easter, and observances such as Halloween), Christmas has its own unique characteristics that differ from one country to another. Christmas Day is also celebrated in countries around the world where the majority of the population are not Christian, but Christmas itself is not a religious holiday there.
Christmas Decorations Christmas decorations typically include Christmas trees – real or artificial Christmas trees – Christmas lights, Christmas stockings or Christmas candle holders. Decorations may also include Christmas balls and Christmas wreaths, as well as Christmas candles and Christmas candlesticks.
Christmas Symbols Popular Christmas symbols include the following: * snowman; * Santa Claus (a bearded, portly man who delivers Christmas presents to children in his sleigh pulled by flying reindeer); * Christmas tree (preferably a real Christmas tree, but Christmas trees made of silk or plastic can also be used); and * mistletoe.
Christmas Music Christmas music is a genre of festive music typically performed or heard around the Christmas season. Christmas music comprises songs or carols whose lyrics are Christmas-related, and/or traditional Christmas music.
Christmas Dinner Christmas dinner is typically eaten as an evening meal, although in churches where Christmas Day is observed as a holy day that ends the period of Advent, some families may have lunch on Christmas Day instead of dinner. Christmas dinners include dishes such as roast turkey, Christmas pudding and Christmas puddings. Christmas dinner is traditionally eaten while watching Christmas television programs in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Christmas Traditions Christmas traditions include sending Christmas cards; buying Christmas presents; making Christmas decorations such as Christmas wreaths or Christmas stars; attending Christmas church services; having a special meal including goose, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and Christmas mince pies; sending Christmas e-cards or Christmas text messages (known as Christmas cards on mobile phones); attending Christmas fairs; having a white Christmas; watching Queen’s Speech from the throne in the United Kingdom or visiting the town of Bethlehem in Israel.