The word Christmas originated as a compound meaning "Christ's Mass". It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes mæsse. Christmas is celebrated on December 25th of every year to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. Although normally a Christian holiday, Christmas is also widely celebrated by many non-Christians. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, music, an exchange of greeting cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various decorations; including Christmas trees, lights, garlands, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly. Mythical figures such as Father Holiday, St. Nicholas, and Santa Claus are known to give children their gifts. The typical colors are red and green. Overall, Christmas is a great time for families to gather and memories to be made. It’s also very stimulating for the economy. Retailers and businesses everywhere make a hefty profit during the Christmas season. Christmas is sneaking up on us, so we better start preparing!
By: Halie Jo