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Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily 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, believing that God came into the world in the form of man to atone for the sins of humanity, rather than knowing Jesus' 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

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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
Cozy Christmas Playlist
Cozy Christmas Playlist
A cozy Christmas playlist to get you in the spirit of the holidays!
Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Icing
Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Icing
Jump to Recipe Are ginger/molasses cookies totally just Christmas cookies? Cause it’s not even Thanksgiving and I’ve been craving these since….umm…June?! Actually, since me and a few of my blogging…
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.
14 Cute Christmas Eve Box Ideas
14 Cute Christmas Eve Box Ideas
14 Cute Christmas Eve Box Ideas - Hobbycraft Blog
75 Stocking Stuffers Christmas Gifts for under $10
75 Stocking Stuffers Christmas Gifts for under $10
75 Stocking Stuffers Christmas Gifts for under $10
30+ Newest Christmas Decorating Ideas That Will Spark Your Creativity
30+ Newest Christmas Decorating Ideas That Will Spark Your Creativity
30+ Newest Christmas Decorating Ideas That Will Spark Your Creativity
21 Christmas Table Settings Ideas Elegant and Simple
21 Christmas Table Settings Ideas Elegant and Simple
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Reindeer Gift Bags
Reindeer Gift Bags
Reindeer Gift Bags - A fun and festive way to decorate boring gift bags. A fun Christmas craft! #christmas #reindeercraft
Christmas Tree Cheese Board
Christmas Tree Cheese Board
Easy Decorated Christmas Shortbread Cookies
Easy Decorated Christmas Shortbread Cookies
Don't fancy yourself as a fancy cookie maker? Check out these Easy Decorated Christmas Cookies, they're one-bowl, no-mixer and delish! #easychristmascookies, #easydecoratedchristmascookies, #easychristmasshortbread
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 ⛄️🎄
Christmas Crack aka Cracker Candy
Christmas Crack aka Cracker Candy
Just 4 ingredients to make this popular and highly addictive Christmas candy. #christmascrack #crackercandy #saltinecrackertoffee #crackertoffee #saltinetoffee
Copycat IHOP Grinch pancakes
Copycat IHOP Grinch pancakes
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
5-Ingredient Peppermint Chocolate Truffles
5-Ingredient Peppermint Chocolate Truffles
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
120 Christmas DIY Decorations Easy and Cheap
120 Christmas DIY Decorations Easy and Cheap
101 Christmas DIY Decorations Easy and Cheap
Make It Festive At The Last Minute
Make It Festive At The Last Minute
deli food as christmas tree
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!