Friday, 25 December 2015

25th December – Christmas Day

Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning "Christ's Mass") commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ prepared for by the season of Advent and heralds the season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night.

Customs of the day include gift giving, completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath, Christmas music and caroling, lighting a Christingle, an exchange of Christmas cards, church services, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. Father Christmas, St Nicholas and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season.