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Christmas in America celebrates cherished beliefs, family traditions, and the spirit of giving for people of all ages to enjoy. The observance reflects cultural diversity encompassing everything from religious ceremonies to new traditions, such as the display of decorations, gift-giving, and festive meals. This celebration also serves as a reminder for peace and goodwill.

The celebration has evolved since being declared a federal holiday in 1870. Initially brought by European immigrants, Christmas traditions blended with American customs. During the mid-19th century, aspects such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees became more common, while Santa Claus, a figure based on the European Saint Nicholas, emerged as a key symbol. In contemporary times, Christmas often serves as a period for reflection and respite, offering American families the chance to come together amid busy schedules.

Today, Americans observe Christmas in a myriad of ways. Many attend religious services while others opt for secular gatherings. Particulars like the enjoyment of seasonal music and movies, and the visit to beautifully lit public spaces are common. Some regions have unique traditions such as the 'Feast of the Seven Fishes' in Italian-American communities or the lighting of luminarias, paper lanterns, in Southwest America. While there is no unique timing for Christmas in America, the holiday officially falls on December 25, with festivities and preparations often beginning weeks in advance.

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Christmas facts

  • During the 4th Century A.D., Bishop Nicolas of Smyrna was known to be very generous to the poor, especially to children. He was later given the title of Saint Nicholas and is patron saint of children.
  • Constantine the Great named the holiday and set the date for Jesus' birth as being December 25th. This happened in 325 A.D.
  • The Christmas tree is a custom that is believed to have begun in Germany in the 18th century. Candles and decorations that are lit represented the light of Christ in the world.

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  • Attend a Christmas Eve service at a local church. Many churches offer midnight mass. Alternately, watch the Pope's annual Christmas eve service broadcast live from the Vatican.
  • Many churches hold pageants for children that involve playing the parts of the nativity scene. Go to one of these events or put up a nativity scene in your home.

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