Christmas is a time for
Families, Fun, and Festivities! A time of family gatherings and
holiday meals. A time for Santa, stars, and singing carolers. A time
for ornaments, gifts, and twinkling lights. Of sleigh rides, hot
cocoa, and gingerbread cookies. So here for your entertainment are
some fun Holiday things for you and your family. We've got stories of
Christmas and the Christ Child, holiday music for singing along, tasty
holiday recipes, and holiday pictures for the kids to print and color.
Enjoy our daily Video Advent Calendar as you countdown to Christmas.
So bring your kids and tell your friends. We hope you find something
Christians in India decorate banana or mango trees. They also light
small oil-burning lamps as Christmas decorations and fill their
churches with red flowers. They give presents to family members and
baksheesh, or charity, to the poor people. In India, the poinsettia is
in flower and so the churches are decorated with this brilliant bloom
for the Christmas Midnight Mass. In South India, Christians put small
clay lamps on the rooftops and walls of their houses at Christmas,
just as the Hindus do during their festival called Diwali.
Every year more than 400 million people celebrate Xmas around the
world -- that makes Xmas one of the world’s biggest religious and
commercial festivities. In approximately year 300 A.D., the birthday
of Jesus was determined to be on December 25, the day that has been
celebrated from then till this very day. The celebration on the 25th
of December starts with Christmas Eve, the evening of December 24.
The religious festival is originally a blend of pagan customs. The
Romans held a festival on December 25 called Dies Natalis Solis
Invicti, i.e. "the birthday of the unconquered sun.". Pagan
Scandinavia celebrated a winter festival called Yule, held in late
December to early January. However, it is uncertain exactly why
December 25 became associated with the birth of Jesus since the Old
Testament doesn’t mention a specific date of the event.