Christmas is celebrated on 25 December. It is a holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Many things we do at Christmas come from earlier festivals, like exchanging presents, eating a lot of food, and decorating a tree. It is a time when we enjoy being with our families, making decorations and other crafts, singing Christmas carols, listening to some wonderful Christmas stories and cooking some yummy treats!
This day is a Christian holiday celebrated by Christians around the world. Many non-Christians also celebrate this day as a time of peace, joy, family, and giving of presents.
There are lots of ways that people celebrate Christmas. Most people get together with family and exchange gifts on Christmas morning. Many people attend church services either on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve. Christmas decorations are a big part of the holiday. People decorate their homes with festive lights and winter decorations. They also usually put up a Christmas tree and decorate it with ornaments and lights. Another part of the celebration of Christmas is Christmas songs such as Silent Night, Away in a Manger, The First Noel, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and Jingle Bells. In the United States Christmas is a national federal holiday. Most government offices, schools, and business are closed for Christmas.
Celebrating Christmas didn’t become a large event in the United States until the middle of the 1800s. About this time, the day started to become a popular time for family gatherings. In 1870 the day became an official federal holiday in the US and has grown more popular since.