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Thursday, December 26, 2013

With this explanation of the meaning of Christmas, one wonders, today, if you go to the shopping malls and stores and see the advertising, what Christ (Jesus) has to to with Christmas. His name isn't even mentioned. This fact is highlighted by the story of the young boy who is with his granny in the department store, looking at the long queue of kids lined up to see Santa Claus, sit on his lap and tell him what gifts I want to get for Christmas ( a bicycle, a Barbie Doll set, some Lego's, a new I-pad, etc.). The this young guy turns to his granny and asks " where is the line to see Jesus". Who???
What does he have to do with Christmas. Love and Peace, Cas

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation).
"Christmas Day" and "Merry Christmas" redirect here. For other uses, see Christmas Day (disambiguation) and Merry Christmas (disambiguation).
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Christmas
Christmas Day
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depiction of the Nativity with a Christmas tree backdrop
Also calledNoël, NativityXmasYule
Observed byChristians
Many non-Christians[1][2]
TypeChristian, cultural
SignificanceTraditional commemoration of the birth ofJesus
ObservancesChurch services, gift giving, family and other social gatherings, symbolic decorating
DateDecember 25 (in most places) or January 7, or January 6 or 19[3][4][5]
Related toChristmastideChristmas EveAdvent,AnnunciationEpiphanyBaptism of the Lord,Nativity FastNativity of ChristYule
Christmas (Old EnglishCrīstesmæsse, meaning "Christ's Mass") is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ[6][7] and a widely observed cultural holiday, celebrated generally on December 25[3][4][5] by millions of people around the world.[2][8] A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide, which ends after the twelfth night.[9] Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world's nations,[10][11][12] is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians,[1][13][14] and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.
While the birth year of Jesus is estimated among modern historians to have been between 7 and 2 BC, the exact month and day of his birth are unknown.[15][16] His birth is mentioned in two of the four canonical gospels. By the early-to-mid 4th century, the WesternChristian Church had placed Christmas on December 25,[17] a date later adopted in the East,[18][19] although some churches celebrate on the December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which corresponds to January in the modern-day Gregorian calendar. The date of Christmas may have initially been chosen to correspond with the day exactly nine months after early Christians believed Jesus to have been conceived,[20] or with one or more ancient polytheistic festivals that occurred near southern solstice (i.e., the Roman winter solstice); a further solar connection has been suggested because of a biblical verse[a] identifying Jesus as the "Sun of righteousness".[20][21][22][23][24]
The celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-ChristianChristian, and secular themes and origins.[25] Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift givingChristmas music and caroling, an exchange of Christmas cards,church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas treesChristmas lights,nativity scenesgarlandswreathsmistletoe, and holly. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known asSanta ClausFather ChristmasSaint Nicholas, and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore.[26] Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in 

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