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Christmas
The word Christmas
is derived from Middle English Christemasse and from Old English Cristes mæsse. It is a contraction meaning "Christ's mass". The name of the holiday is often shortened to Xmas because Roman letter "X" resembles the Greek letter Χ (chi), an abbreviation for Christ (Χριστός).
Christmas (pronounced /ˈkrɪsməs/), also referred to as Christmas Day
"is an annual holiday celebrated on December 25 that commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. The day marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days. The nativity of Jesus, which is the basis for the anno Domini system of dating, is thought to have occurred between 7 and 2 BC. December 25 is not known to be Jesus' actual date of birth, and the date may have been chosen to correspond with either a Roman festival or the winter solstice."

"Modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, Church celebrations, exchange of Christmas cards, (see Christmas Card Day) and the display of various decorations—including the Christmas tree, Christmas lights, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly. Santa Claus (also referred to as Father Christmas, although the two figures have different origins) is a popular mythological figure often associated with bringing gifts at Christmas for children. Santa is generally believed to be the result of a syncretization between Saint Nicholas and elements from pagan Nordic and Christian mythology, and his modern appearance is believed to have originated in 19th century media."

"Christmas is celebrated throughout the Christian population, but is also celebrated by many non-Christians as a secular, cultural festival. Because gift-giving and several other aspects of the holiday involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, Christmas has become a major event for many retailers."

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Wrapping gifts in pretty paper, ribbons and bows
Visiting the local Christmas Tree farm to pick out a tree
Decorating a christmas tree
Making homemade Christmas orniments
Stringing lights around the house outside
Baking cookies
Making Christmas candy
Driving to see christmas lights at night
Singing Christmas Carols
Watching old Christmas movies on tv.
Hanging holly and mistletoe
Burning scented candles
Setting up the Nativity of baby Jesus
Placeing Poinsettia flowers and Christmas Cactus on the table
Making out the Christmas card list and sending
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