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Title: Christmas Day December 25 Christmas is here! If you celebrate Christmas, what are your traditions on this day? How do your relatives and friends celebrate the holiday? By going to church? Decorating a Christmas tree? Exchanging presents? Singing and


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Christmas Day
                                                   Toys for Christmas from 1898
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Christmas Day December 25 Christmas is here! If
you celebrate Christmas, what are your traditions
on this day? How do your relatives and friends
celebrate the holiday? By going to church?
Decorating a Christmas tree? Exchanging presents?
Singing and dancing? Eating massive amounts of
turkey or pie? On December 25, people around the
world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Some
people celebrate by giving gifts. Children may be
thanking Santa Claus for new toys. They may also
be going to church with their families. Christmas
has so many traditions and symbols associated
with it, that it's hard to determine exactly how
it came to be the celebration it is today.
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Christmas Day December 25 By 336 A.D., the
Christian church in Rome celebrated the festival
of Christmas on December 25. The same day, Romans
celebrated Saturnalia, the winter solstice (the
shortest day of the year). In observance of the
"birthday of the unconquered sun," they exchanged
gifts and made merry with a festival. On the
Roman New Year (January 1), people decorated
houses with greenery and gave gifts to children
and the poor. Evergreens were a symbol of
survival. Modern-day Christmas borrows many of
these traditions. St. Nicholas became a popular
figure by the 11th century, known for his great
generosity and healing powers. With the rise of
the Protestant Church, he was nearly forgotten,
except in the Netherlands, where they called him
Sinterklaas. Does that name sound familiar?
                                                  
      
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Christmas Day December 25 Dutch colonists
settling in New Amsterdam (now New York City)
brought the story of St. Nicholas with them. In
English, he became known as Santa Claus. Added to
the legend of this kind old man were old Nordic
folk tales of a magician who punished naughty
children and rewarded good children with
presents. The Santa Claus we recognize in the
U.S. today, with his red suit, jolly laugh, and
long white beard, began to appear in story and
song in the 19th century. But every family has
their own unique traditions for the holiday as
well.
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Christmas Day December 25 Alan Wallace of
Massachusetts, who was a boy at the end of the
19th century, used to gather seashells from the
shore in the summertime to make into Christmas
presents. Margaret Davis of Georgia, said her
family ate, danced, and went to parties all week
long in the 1890s. Some children write letters to
Santa at the North Pole asking for things they
want. Some leave milk and cookies out for St.
Nick the night before. Some families attend
morning mass, while others gather around a
Christmas tree to open brightly wrapped boxes.
What do you or your friends do to celebrate
Christmas in your own special way? Happy
Holidays!
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