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Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night; in some traditions, Christmastide includes an octave. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season centered around it.
The traditional Christmas narrative, the Nativity of Jesus, delineated in the New Testament says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in accordance with messianic prophecies. When Joseph and Mary arrived in the city, the inn had no room and so they were offered a stable where the Christ Child was soon born, with angels proclaiming this news to shepherds who then further disseminated the information.Although the month and date of Jesus' birth are unknown, the church in the early fourth century fixed the date as December 25. This corresponds to the date of the solstice on the Roman calendar. Most Christians celebrate on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar, which has been adopted almost universally in the civil calendars used in countries throughout the world. However, some Eastern Christian Churches celebrate Christmas on December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which currently corresponds to a January date in the Gregorian calendar. For Christians, the belief that God came into the world in the form of man to atone for the sins of humanity, rather than the exact birth date, is considered to be the primary purpose in celebrating Christmas.The celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian, Christian, and secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath, Christmas music and caroling, lighting a Christingle, viewing a Nativity play, an exchange of Christmas cards, church services, a special meal, pulling Christmas crackers and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore. Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.

List of Pinterest Christmas images & Christmas pictures

List of all Pinterest Christmas images and pictures. Browse Pinterest Christmas ideas

Christmas Tree Cake
Christmas Tree Cake
A delicious vanilla Christmas tree cake with creamy, dreamy vanilla buttercream, covered with beautiful Christmas trees that turn this cake into a winter wonderland.
Christmas Cream Cheese Mints
Christmas Cream Cheese Mints
Cream cheese mints are a fantastic no bake alternative for a quick and fun appetizer or dessert that everyone loves. And these super festive Christmas Cream cheese mints are so easy to make that they can be whipped up and ready to serve in 30 minutes #christmasrecipes #recipes #creamcheese #mints #recipe
75 Stocking Stuffers Christmas Gifts for under $10
75 Stocking Stuffers Christmas Gifts for under $10
75 Stocking Stuffers Christmas Gifts for under $10
Reindeer Gift Bags - Happy-Go-Lucky
Reindeer Gift Bags - Happy-Go-Lucky
Reindeer Gift Bags - A fun and festive way to decorate boring gift bags. A fun Christmas craft! #christmas #reindeercraft
Recipe for gingerbread cookies, which you can use to make a pretty Christmas cookie box! #cookiebox #christmascookies #holidaybaking #gingerbread #gingerbreadcookies
Recipe for gingerbread cookies, which you can use to make a pretty Christmas cookie box! #cookiebox #christmascookies #holidaybaking #gingerbread #gingerbreadcookies
Easy Decorated Christmas Cookies - 10 Best Cookie Recipes
Easy Decorated Christmas Cookies - 10 Best Cookie Recipes
Are you looking for Christmas cookies recipes? I've got a collection of great recipes you can try this year! Save 10 easy decorated cookie recipes. #christmas #recipes #cookies #dessertfoodrecipes #xmas
Christmas Morning Punch ⛄️🎄
Christmas Morning Punch ⛄️🎄
Essential Oil Christmas Diffuser Recipes - Acre Life
Essential Oil Christmas Diffuser Recipes - Acre Life
10 Essential Oil Christmas Diffuser Recipes to get you in the holiday spirit and fill your house with the smells of Christmas. #diffuserrecipes #christmas #diffuser #essentialoils
Copycat IHOP Grinch Pancakes Recipe | Hungry Happenings (VIDEO)
Copycat IHOP Grinch Pancakes Recipe | Hungry Happenings (VIDEO)
You can make your own Copycat IHOP® Grinch Pancakes at home. Your kids will love waking up to a stack of fluffy green pancakes topped with cream cheese icing, green whipped cream, and red candy hearts for Christmas breakfast. Recipe at HungryHappenings.com. #grinch #thegrinch #grinchpancakes #greenpancakes #ihopgrinchpancakes
Candy Cane Kiss Cookies Recipe - Hot Beauty Health
Candy Cane Kiss Cookies Recipe - Hot Beauty Health
Looking for Thanksgiving or Christmas cookie recipe ideas? These Candy Cane Kiss Peppermint Cookies are so simple and delicious, and help make the holidays even more magical for your guests. Click here for the recipe.
5-Ingredient Peppermint Chocolate Truffles - Baker by Nature
5-Ingredient Peppermint Chocolate Truffles - Baker by Nature
Rich and Creamy Peppermint Chocolate Truffles are made with just 5 simple ingredients! So easy and perfect for homemade holiday gifts! #peppermint #truffles #chocolate #candy #Christmas
Chocolate Dipped Oreo Snowflakes
Chocolate Dipped Oreo Snowflakes
Chocolate Dipped Oreo Snowflakes - Adorable and easy treats the whole family can help make! #chocolate #chocolaterecipes #oreo #christmas #christmasrecipes #cookies #cookiedecorating #cookierecipes #christmascookies
Wooden Christmas Countdown Calendar Display
Wooden Christmas Countdown Calendar Display
Make It Festive At The Last Minute! | Coping mechanisms
Make It Festive At The Last Minute! | Coping mechanisms
deli food as christmas tree
Christmas Spice Cake with Eggnog Buttercream
Christmas Spice Cake with Eggnog Buttercream
Christmas Spice Cake with Egg Nog Buttercream | Ultra moist cake laced with warming, spices with a touch of heat and hint of apple cloaked in festive eggnog buttercream.
6 Easy Stovetop PotPourri Recipes For Every Season
6 Easy Stovetop PotPourri Recipes For Every Season
6 Easy Stovetop Potpourri Recipes for every season of the year! Fall, Christmas, Summer, and Spring. Great for gifts!
Cozy Christmas Playlist — West Coast Capri
Cozy Christmas Playlist — West Coast Capri
A cozy Christmas playlist to get you in the spirit of the holidays! More
Christmas Wall Art | Reindeer Names Print
Christmas Wall Art | Reindeer Names Print
DIY Reindeer Christmas Sign | Reindeer Names Sign | DIY Christmas Wall Decor | Christmas Wall Decor Printable | Rustic Christmas Wall Decor | Holiday Reindeer Sign #christmasdecor #reindeersign #reindeernames #christmaswalldecor
White Chocolate Reindeer Popcorn - Two Sisters Kitchens
White Chocolate Reindeer Popcorn - Two Sisters Kitchens
An easy popcorn mix that comes together in 5 minutes! White Chocolate Reindeer Popcorn is perfect for Christmas or to make all year round.