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Christmas is a Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus Christ. This holiday evolved over the years into a worldwide religious and secular celebration. Modern Christmas is a time dedicated to family and friends.

Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on December 25 (Julian calendar) which falls on 7 January (Gregorian calendar).

Christmas 2019

For the first 3 centuries of Christianity’s existence, Jesus Christ’s birthday was not celebrated at all. Back then the most important holidays were Epiphany and Easter.

Early Roman calendar from 336 A.D. was the first official mention of December 25 as a holiday which honors the birth of Jesus Christ.

The Bible does not mention Jesus exact birthdate. It was first identified as the date of Jesus’ birth by Sextus Julius Africanus at the end of the third century and later this date became the universally accepted date.

Christmas Gifts
The practice of giving gifts goes back to the 15th century and toward the end of the 18th century, this practice became well established. In most European countries, gifts are exchanged on Christmas Eve, December 24.

Santa Claus is a legendary figure who is the traditional patron of Christmas in some countries, who brings gifts to children. His popular image is based on traditions associated with Saint Nicholas.

Santa Claus - Coca-Cola commercial
A modern image of Santa Claus was defined by the popular advertisement for the Coca-Cola company from 1931, where Santa was a portly white-bearded gentleman dressed in a red suit with a black belt, black boots, and a soft red cap.

In the 16th century, devout German Christians brought decorated trees into their homes and they started the Chrismas tree tradition as we now know it.

Queen Victoria and her German Prince, Albert, were sketched in the Illustrated London News standing with their children around a Christmas tree in 1846.

Christmas in Europe

Vilnius Christmas Tree
Vilnius: One of the tallest Christmas Trees in Europe.

Christmas in Paris
Paris: Charming Christmas photo from the city of lights.

Christmas in Prague
Christmas in Prague

Christmas in London
Christmas in London

Christmas in Berlin
Christmas in Berlin

Christmas in European Languages

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