Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ celebrated generally on December 25th around the world. Every year more than 400 million people celebrate Xmas around the world — that makes Xmas one of the world’s biggest religious and commercial festivities. The celebration on the 25th of December starts with Christmas Eve, the evening of December 24.
Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive.
There are many interesting facts related to Christmas holiday. For example:
1. All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.
2. The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.
3. Real Christmas trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.
4. The earliest known Christmas tree decorations were apples.
5. Santa Claus is based on a real person, St. Nikolas of Myra, who lived during the fourth century. Born in Patara (in modern-day Turkey), he is the world’s most popular non-Biblical saint. He is the patron saint of banking, pawn broking, pirating, butchery, sailing, thievery, orphans, royalty, and New York City.
6. In Germany, Christmas Eve is said to be a magical time when the pure in heart can hear animals talking.
7. Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all retail sales in the U.S.
Questions for discussion:
1. How long have you heard about Christmas day? From whom or what sources did you get the first information about this event?
2. Are you a Christian? Why do you care about the Christmas day? In your own mind, what is the Christmas day?
3. What do you usually do in this event? With who? This year, will you...
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