Christmas Day is one of the most beloved holidays celebrated by two billion people around the world. Each country has its own traditions. For instance, in Europe, Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25th, while in countries that observe Orthodoxy, it is celebrated on January 7th, as it depends on the calendar used by the church.
In the USA, Christmas Day is celebrated very colorfully: a million lights lit up all over the country! Private houses and corporations decorate their buildings and neighbors agree to decorate the streets in the same style. Garlands, illuminations, figurines of Santa Claus and his deer can be seen everywhere. For Americans, this is an important family holiday and people rush to their homes to celebrate with their loved ones.
France celebrates Christmas Day differently compared to other countries. Instead of the traditional spruce, apartments are often decorated with fresh flowers and figurines of baby Jesus. It is customary to celebrate not in a homely atmosphere, but in restaurants. In the 12th century, the French founded an interesting tradition by burning a cherry tree in an oven and pouring wine and oil over it.
In Italy, you rarely see the image of Santa Claus. Instead, the population uses the figures of Jesus Christ. Showcases of city shops are full of a wide selection of products for every taste.
- Bishop Julius the First determined the date of celebration in 320.
- The image of Santa Claus came from a real person – St. Nicholas, who helped poor people and children.
- The first Christmas carol was written in the 4th century.
- Glass toys were blown in Scandinavia.
- In Mexico in 2009, a forty-story Christmas tree was installed.
- In Somalia, Christmas Day is illegal and violators face harsh punishments.
How to take part
To participate in the celebration, you can give gifts to others, organize family evenings, and cook delicious meals. Keep the traditions by singing songs and caroling in the streets. Wherever you are, follow the traditions and have a Merry Christmas!
When is Christmas Day celebrated in 2023?
Christmas Day is observed on December 25 each year.