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Christmas or Xmas is the most popular festival in the world and this is the main festival of Christians, mainly those who believe in Christianity. Christmas is celebrated to remember the birthday of Jesus and they believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Christmas celebrates almost every country whether they are Christians or not. Christmas is the most awaited festival when family and friends are come together and celebrate the festival. This is the time when people give and receive gifts or presents from family, friends dearest and Nearest one.

 

Christmas is the short name of Christ-Mass. Christmas comes from the Mass of Christ. A Mass service is where Christians remember that Jesus died for us and then came back to life.


If you are looking for some information about Christmas day 2020 then you are on the right post. Today you will get all the information about the below points so, let's start the main topic;


1. Why Christmas day is celebrated on 25th December
2. When Christmas is Celebrated?
3. The Twelve Days of Christmas
4. Merry Christmas Wishes 

Why Christmas day is celebrated on 25th December?

According to the Holy Bible, there is no mention of Jesus's birthday, and no one knew the real birthday of Jesus, so why do we celebrate it on the 25th December? In the early stage, Christians had many arguments as to when Jesus's Birthday should be celebrated! as they knew Jesus's birthday didn't happen in the year 1 but slightly earlier, somewhere between 2 BC and 7 BC, possibly in 4 BC (there isn't a 0 - the years go from 1 BC to 1).

The first time Christmas was celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor(He was the first Christian Roman Emperor). From then till now it's continuing. During this period it was not declared as an official state festival. However, many different theories are there about why Christmas is celebrated on December 25th?

 

The early Christian tradition said that the day when Mary was told by an angel that she would have a very special baby - Jesus, it's was on 25th March - and till now today it's celebrated on 25th March. According to theory, it's 25th March but we are celebrating on 25th December how is it possible? because early Christians thought that 25th March was the date when Jesus was conceived and if you calculate Nine month after the 25th March is the 25th December and they believe that the world had been made and Jesus also died on the same day. 

 

According to another theory the Jesus was born on the day when the shortest time between the sun rising and the sun setting that time is called the Winter Solstice. As you know it's happening on December 21st or 22nd. To pagans, this meant that the winter was over and spring was coming and they had a festival to celebrate it and worshiped the sun for winning over the darkness of winter. Winter Solstice is known as Yule also in Scandinavia, and some other parts of northern Europe. Eastern Europeans are celebrating the mid-winter festival as Koleda.

 

Saturnalia is the famous Roman Festival and its celebrated in honor of the god Saturn on 17th December of the Julian calendar and later it's extended till 23rd December. The Romans also thought that the Solstice took place on December 25th and they also thought that in 274 the Roman emperor Aurelian created 'Dies Natalis Solis Invicti' which means 'birthday of the unconquered sun' and also called 'Sol Invictus' and it was held on December 25th. Because of the dates, some people say that the Christians 'took' December 25th from these Roman festival Saturnalia. However, the early Christians are connecting the Nisan 14 to the 25th March, and so 25th December was a 'Christian' festival date many years before.

 

The Christians believe that Jesus was a Jew and Jesus is the light of the world so this could be another reason that helped the early Church choose December the 25th (as per the theory of Winter Solstice) that was the right time to celebrate the birth of Jesus and from then till now 25th December is celebrated as the date of Christmas day.



 When Christmas is Celebrated?

According to the Calendar, Christmas is celebrated on 25th December and many peoples think also that Christmas is on December 25th. However, many people around the world celebrate different Christian traditions and even celebrated at different times. Some people celebrate late afternoon or evening on 24th December and there are some other dates also. 

In Russia, Serbia, Jerusalem, Ukraine and other countries Some churches (mainly Orthodox churches) use a different calendar for their religious celebrations and they use the old 'Julian' calendar and people in those churches (Orthodox Churches) celebrate Christmas on the 7th January. The Apostolic Church in Armenia celebrates Christmas on 6th January and that day they also celebrate Epiphany.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas start on 'Christmas Day' and last until the evening of the 5th January. It's also known as 'Twelfth Night'. The Christians celebrate each day of the 12 days a feast day or celebrate with different celebration. Let's discuss the 12 days festival how they are celebrating!

Day 1; 25th December: Christmas Day or Xmas
Christmas Day or Xmas:
Christians are celebrate the Jesus Birthday

Day 2; 26th December: Second day known as Boxing Day or  St. Stephen’s Day.
Boxing Day: The second day of the Christmas is the Boxing day that is on 26th December. The Boxing name comes from a time when the rich people used to box up gifts to give to the poor peoples.
St. Stephen’s Day: He was the first Christian martyr- who dies for their faith.

Day 3; 27th December: St John the Apostle (One of Jesus's Disciples and friends)

Day 4; 28th December: The Feast of the Holy Innocents
The Feast of the Holy Innocents is the day when people remember the baby boys which King Herod killed when he was trying to find and kill the Baby Jesus.

Day 5; 29th December: St Thomas Becket.
St Thomas Becket: He was Archbishop of Canterbury in the 12th century and was killed on 29th December 1170 for challenging the King’s authority over the Church. St Thomas Becket was killed by King Henry II of England

Day 6; 30th December: St Egwin of Worcester.
Saint Egwin: He was a Benedictine monk who became the bishop of Worcester, England

Day 7; 31st December: New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve is one of the popular global celebrations because it indicate the last day of the year in the Gregorian calendar -31st December, before start the New Year millions of people celebrate New Year's Eve to bid farewell. Many people wait till midnight to welcome the new year and celebrate with Firecrackers. New Year Eve is also known as 'Hogmanay' in Scotland and it's also known as 'Silvester' in many country In many countries like; Austria, Czechia,Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia,Germany, Hungary, Israel, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Switzerland, Slovenia and Poland.

Day 8; 1st January: Mary - the Mother of Jesus & Happy New Year
Mary, Merry or Mariyam was a Jewish woman of Nazareth, wife of Joseph and the Mother of Jesus. Mary is also known as Saint Mary, Mother of God, and the Virgin Mary these are the most common and popular name of Mary. New Year - According to Calendar 1st January is the starting of the English new year and New year is celebrated around the world. 1st January is also celebrated as a National Holiday. You can wish your Family and friends a Happy New Year message, Quote, Happy New Year Greetings for wealth and prosperity.

Day 9; 2nd January: St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen day

Day 10; 3rd January: Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus.
Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus: On this day Christians celebrate as a 'Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus' and they remember that day when Jesus was officially 'named' in the Jewish Temple.

Day 11; 4th January:
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton day
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: He was the first American saint, who lived in the 18th - 19th centuries.

Day 12; 5th January: St. John Neumann / Epiphany Eve.
St. John Neumann: The last day of the 12days of Christmas on 5th January. 5th January is also know as St. John Neumann. St. John Neumann was the first Bishop in America, he lived in the 19th Century.

Epiphany Eve: The 12th day is also called Epiphany Eve. Epiphany comes from the Greek epiphaneia that means 'appearance' or 'manifestation' and refers to the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the world. In many countries, it's traditional to put the figures of the Three Kings into the Nativity Scene on Epiphany Eve ready to celebrate Epiphany on the 6th January. The last day of Christmas or Epiphany Eve is also known as Feast of Epiphany or Three Kings' Day.

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10 Best Christmas Quotes Ever:

Peace with God, peace with others, and peace in your own heart.  – Rick Warren
 
Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love Divine, Love was born at Christmas, Star and Angels gave the sign. – Christina Rossetti
 
Christmas is joy, religious joy, an inner joy of light and peace. – Pope Francis
 
Christmas magic is silent. You don’t hear it – You feel it. You know it. You believe it. – Kevin Alan Milne

 

Heap on the wood! – the wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will, We’ll keep our Christmas merry still. – Sir Walter Scott

 

Christmas isn’t about candy canes or lights all aglow, it’s the hearts that we touch, and the care that we show. – Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

 

Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. – Calvin Coolidge

 

To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. – Oren Arnold

 

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. – Washington Irving

Christmas, my child is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas. – Dale Evans
 

 
As you know that Christmas day is the most popular festival in the world. The festival is the faith of billions of people around the world. They celebrate with lots of love, lots of faith and they celebrated with joy to remember the birthday of Jesus, and this festival makes a smile on the face of billions of people and I thought this is the most precious thing of any festival.

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