All around the world people are getting together to get in the spirit of the holidays. Here at Calendars.com we celebrated our annual holiday potluck and it was a delectable success! Check out what we cooked up and which special visitor decided to make a surprise appearance!
Today is the day that Santa is finalizing his list and checking it twice. His helpers have been diligently keeping tabs on you and everyone you know and are now reporting back so the man in the red suit himself can make his final revisions. The question now is – have you been naughty or nice?
If you have not been on your best behavior this year, don’t expect much to pop up under the tree for you, aside from maybe some sad looking sticks or a box full of coal. As for all you good kiddos out there, the moment you have been waiting for is fast approaching, so we hope you have been dropping the proper hints about that perfect present you’ve been dreaming of. Hope may not be completely lost for you if you haven’t been the nicest. You’ve still got 21 days until the most anticipated day of the year, so go out there and do as many good deeds as you can! Perhaps you’ll redeem yourself… you never know who is watching!
What is Christmas?
A religious and commercial holiday with both religious and secular traditions, Christmas is a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. However, many Christmas celebrations and traditions have their roots in pre-Christian winter festivals. Learn more about the history behind Christmas by clicking here.
When is Christmas?
December 25 of each year in the Gregorian calendar. Following the Julian calendar, Orthodox Christmas falls on or near January 7.
How do people celebrate Christmas?
As a federal holiday – in the U.S., Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom – government offices, schools, post offices and other stores and businesses close for the day. Churches hold special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services that include singing Christmas hymns and reading scripture of the birth of Jesus. The most popular Christmas tradition is exchanging gifts with friends and family and, for children, waking up early Christmas morning to see what Santa Claus left for them under the Christmas tree. Other Christmas celebrations and traditions include setting up and decorating a Christmas tree in the home, putting up Christmas lights and decorations inside and outside of the home, enjoying a festive meal with friends and family, watching Christmas movies, making (and eating) Christmas cookies and singing Christmas carols.
Find Christmas crafts, activities, stories and recipes as well as gift, party and music ideas here.
Sources: history.com, timeanddate.com
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Happy St. Nicholas Day !
St. Nicholas is the legendary 4th-century saint and Greek Bishop who inspired the figure of Santa Claus. Known for his generosity and gift-giving to children and those in need, such as leaving coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, St. Nicholas is honored and celebrated all around the world on the anniversary of his death on December 6, 343 AD.
St. Nicholas Day celebrations include the popular tradition of leaving one’s shoes by the front door on the night of December 5 to find them filled with small gifts and treats the next morning. Find more ways to celebrate here!
Learn more about St. Nicholas by clicking here.
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