Christmas

Christmas is a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ. The holiday period extends from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6. Questions about Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and other traditions are also welcome.

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What do you want for Christmas?

I am traveling internationally over the holidays so I would like a safe journey and a fun trip!
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How early do you start celebrating Christmas?

For me, the Christmas season doesn't start until December 1st or at least until the day after Thanksgiving. Now I enjoy Christmas...the decorations, the music, etc. but personally, I just can't sustain the "Christmas spirit" (or any holiday anticipation/excitement for that matter) for more than a month. For the same reason, I don't start celebrating Halloween in August or Independence Day in June. This is why it's so disappointing for me when stores begin removing Halloween decorations in early October in place of Christmas trees. I like to enjoy holidays one at a time and when I've been hearing "Jingle Bells" for two months straight, it is difficult not to be covering my ears by the time December 25th actually rolls around.

I definitely think the push to begin celebrating Christmas as early as possible is mostly driven by companies looking to capitalize on consumer spend, which is obviously highest during this time of year. However, for those who legitimately feel "Christmassy" during early Fall, more power to you, celebrate away. That being said, I simply can’t help but roll my eyes at the ornaments and candy canes being hauled out while kids are still trick-or-treating. Call me a Grinch.

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Holidays and Traditions

If your childhood home had no chimney/fireplace, how did you think Santa got in?

Santa is a man who breaks into your house in the middle of the night (using captured and enslaved animals who pull him to EVERY HOUSE IN THE WORLD). He is covered in red, eats your food, and has a big bag for the children. He also "watches you when you're sleeping".
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Is Santa Claus real?

No

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What are some samples of opening remarks for a Christmas party?

Keep them very quick, as people want to visit with their friends, colleagues, or family. A quick example would be: "Hello, everyone, I just want to extend a warm welcome on this cold evening. Have fun and enjoy the party, and if I can do anything to make your holiday more pleasant, let me know." Don't try to make any big, overarching points about the holiday season, and don't get too mushy; you can save the sentimentality for later in the evening after people have had a chance to unwind a bit.
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Name Origins

What is the origin of the name Christmas?

The Greek letter 'X' is the first letter (chi) for the greek word for Christ, Xristos ( Χριστός). Xmas therefore means "Christ's Mass." The letter chi is written the same as the Roman letter X. So, as a form of shorthand, some people replace "Christ" with the first letter of his Greek name, X.

The term Xmas, while sometimes controversial among Christians, has become a common short English abbreviation for Christmas.

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Why do some people celebrate Christmas in July?

In the Southern Hemisphere, seasons are opposite of the Northern Hemisphere, meaning December falls in the summertime. Some places in countries like Australia and South Africa hold Midwinter Christmas events in July so that they have a winter feel like Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere. These countries still celebrate actual Christmas on December 25.

Alternatively, the Northern Hemisphere celebrates Christmas in July ironically. The Hallmark Channel will show Christmas films during this time to coincide with the premiere of that year’s Keepsake Ornament collection, a marketing ploy that has literally helped to bolster the phrase “Hallmark holiday.”

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How did Santa Claus originate?

Santa Claus is thought to have originated from the real St. Nicholas, with the "flying Santa" having it's origins in a mix of Norse mythology and the Christmas story. What is known for sure is that the modern, red-suited Santa Claus developed out of a 1931 advertising campaign put on by the Coca Cola company, in which the jolly old gentleman was dressed in red and white, the colors of Coca Cola. This image has continued to the present day.

Saint Nicholas The story of Santa Claus is believed to have originated from the real St Nicholas, who was born in Lycia, Greece (now part of southern Turkey) during the third century.

St Nicholas/Nicolas was brought up in a devout Christian family. His parents taught him to be generous and to serve others. He had a reputation for secretly giving to the poor, and he was also known for his love for children, and his concern for sailors who often worked under some difficult conditions.

Nicholas was persecuted for his faith under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and died on 6 December 343. After his death, a legend began which said that manna, the nutritious substance God miraculously provided to keep the Israelites alive during their 40 years in the desert, formed on his grave. It was said that this manna could heal ailments and illness.

During the years that followed, many people followed the teachings of St Nicholas, and stories of his incredible generosity and love for children gradually developed into the Santa Claus legend of today. 6 December is celebrated as the festival of St Nicholas.

The name Santa Claus is derived from the Dutch form of "Saint Nicholas". The Dutch in particular are credited with reviving St. Nicholas as the 'gift bringer'. The Dutch form of St Nicholas is Sinterklaas. When the Dutch settled New York, the tradition came with them. By 1773, the name had appeared in the American newspapers as "St A. Claus". Once the New York Historical Society was founded in 1804 with Nicholas as its patron saint, the legend was embellished with additions such as flying reindeer and a sleigh laden with gifts.

Later, more details were added, particularly with the work of illustrator Thomas Nast whose work on the Christmas editions of Harper's Magazine, between the 1860s and 1880s, really help developed the current image of Santa Claus. Drawn by Nast as round and jolly, Santa Claus was also depicted in his workshop at the North Pole, with a list of all the good and bad children. At this stage, Santa was dressed in a dark green coat.

Norse Mythology and Santa in a Flying Sleigh

The 'Father Christmas' figure in a flying sleigh is the result of a mixture of Norse mythology and the Christmas story. However, Santa Claus, as any child knows, really exists - or at least existed a long time ago and his spirit still lives on. 'Santa' actually means 'Saint' (where we get 'sanctify and Santa Maria from) and Claus (pronounced Klowss) is the shortened form of the name Nicholas. So Santa Claus is Saint Nicholas. Nicholas was born in Turkey, was a devout Christian and became Bishop of Myra (hence his red robes as 'Father Christmas'). He inherited a large fortune from his parents which he gave, in secret, to the poor. Legend has it that he once left three bags of gold in secret for a father who had three daughters but who would be forced to sell them into slavery as he was too poor to marry them off. He did this by dropping the bags down the chimney where they ended up in the fireplace in shoes (or socks?) drying there. This is where we get our custom of 'hanging up the stockings' from on Christmas Eve. As a result of his good life Nicholas was made a saint and became the patron saint of poor people and of pawnbrokers - hence the pawnbroker sign of three golden balls (representing the three bags of gold). Many miracles were attributed to Nicholas including stilling a storm at sea, and bringing back to life three boys murdered by a cruel innkeeper. As a result Nicholas was made patron saint of sailors and children. So at Christmas, when we give and receive presents as a reminder of the gifts given to the Christ Child by the Wise Men, let's not forget that St Nicholas's spirit of freely giving - in secret - lives on in the traditional Santa Claus.
The story behind Santa Claus is to do with St. Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. He was had a Christian upbringing and had wealthy parents. His mother and father died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering.

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that tell of a poor man with three daughters. In those days a young woman's father had to offer prospective husbands something of value (money etc.) The larger the dowry, the better the chance that a young woman would find a good husband. Without a dowry, a woman was unlikely to marry. This poor man's daughters, without dowries, were therefore destined to be sold into slavery. Mysteriously, on three different occasions, a bag of gold appeared in their home-providing the needed dowries. The bags of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to have landed in stockings or shoes left before the fire to dry. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas. Sometimes the story is told with gold balls instead of bags of gold. That is why three gold balls, sometimes represented as oranges, are one of the symbols for St. Nicholas. And so St. Nicholas is a gift-giver.

Hope that helps... we had an assembly on it yesterday at school. I'm sure if you Google story behind Santa you will find out more :) x

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What is Grinch Mean Time?

The moment on the Grinchs' clock that indicates it's time to steal Christmas, and time to get mean.

The answer above is almost certainly the right one, but it is just possible that the questioner was asking about Greenwich mean time.

Many who don't speak the Queen's English believe that Greenwich is pronounced "green witch." Almost all Brits say it 'grennitch', but a few (including Her Majesty), opt for "grinnitch." New Zealanders, who long ago abandoned "maj-speak", go for 'grinnertch'. The 'er' in this is a very short schwa, and the result sounds amazingly like Grinch.

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Reindeer

How many reindeer does Santa Claus have?

5

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Anagrams and Word Scrambles

How many words can be made with the letters in Merry Christmas?

Words from many contributors that can be made from the letters in Merry Christmas:

  1. a
  2. ace, aces
  3. ache, aches
  4. acid, acids
  5. acme, acmes
  6. acre, acres
  7. act, acts
  8. actress
  9. aim, aims
  10. air, airs, airy
  11. am
  12. arc, arcs
  13. arch, arches
  14. archer, archers
  15. are
  16. ares
  17. arm, arms
  18. arm, arms
  19. armrest, armrests
  20. army, armies
  21. arrest, arrests
  22. art, arts
  23. artery
  24. as
  25. ash, ashes
  26. ass
  27. asset
  28. asymmetric
  29. asymmetry
  30. at
  31. ate
  32. aye
  33. cam, cams
  34. came
  35. car, cars
  36. care, cares
  37. carer, carers
  38. caret, carets
  39. carrier, carriers
  40. carry, carries
  41. cart, carts
  42. case, cases
  43. cash
  44. cashier
  45. cast, casts
  46. caste, castes
  47. caster, casters
  48. cat, cats
  49. catch, catches
  50. cater, caters
  51. ceramist, ceramists
  52. chair, chairs
  53. chamise
  54. chammy
  55. char, chars, chariest
  56. charm, charms
  57. charmer, charmers
  58. chart, charts
  59. charter, charters
  60. chary
  61. chasm, chasms
  62. chat, chats
  63. cheat, cheats
  64. cherry
  65. chert, cherts
  66. chess
  67. chest, chests
  68. chi
  69. chime, chimes
  70. chimer, chimers
  71. chit, chits
  72. chrism
  73. Christ
  74. cite, cites
  75. cram, crams
  76. crash, crashes
  77. crass, crasser
  78. crate, crates
  79. crater, craters
  80. cream, creams
  81. cress
  82. crest, crests
  83. crier, criers
  84. crime, crimes
  85. crises
  86. cry, cries
  87. cyst
  88. each
  89. ear, ears
  90. east
  91. easy
  92. eat, eats
  93. em, ems
  94. emir, emirs
  95. emit, emits
  96. era, eras
  97. err, errs
  98. erratic
  99. erst
  100. erythrism
  101. eta, etas
  102. hair, hairy
  103. ham, hams
  104. hammer, hammers
  105. hamster, hamsters
  106. hare
  107. harem, harems
  108. harm, harms
  109. Harry
  110. has
  111. hast
  112. haste, hastes
  113. hat, hats
  114. hatch, hatches
  115. hate, hates
  116. hay
  117. he
  118. hear, hears
  119. heart, hearts
  120. heat, heats
  121. heir, heirs
  122. heist
  123. hem, hems
  124. her, hers
  125. hermits
  126. hey
  127. him
  128. hire
  129. his
  130. hiss
  131. hit, hits
  132. hmm
  133. hysteria
  134. I
  135. ice, ices
  136. is
  137. it, its
  138. itch, itchy, itches
  139. item, items
  140. ma
  141. mace, maces
  142. mach
  143. maim, maims
  144. mar, mars
  145. march, marches
  146. marcher, marchers
  147. mare, mares
  148. marmite
  149. marry, marries
  150. Mars
  151. marsh, marshes, marshy
  152. mart, marts,
  153. martyr, martyrs
  154. maser, masers
  155. mash
  156. masher, mashers
  157. mass
  158. mast, masts
  159. master, masters
  160. mastery
  161. mastic
  162. mat, mats
  163. match, matches
  164. mate, mates
  165. math
  166. matrices
  167. may, mayst
  168. me
  169. meant
  170. meat, meats
  171. mercy
  172. merit, merits
  173. merry
  174. mesh
  175. mess
  176. met
  177. meter or metre
  178. mica
  179. micra
  180. mire, mires
  181. mirth
  182. miry
  183. miscarry
  184. miscast
  185. miser, misers
  186. misery
  187. mismatches
  188. miss, misses
  189. mist, mists, misty
  190. mister, misters
  191. mite, mites
  192. miter, miters, mitre
  193. my
  194. myrrh
  195. mystic, mystics
  196. myth, myths, mythic
  197. race, races
  198. racer, racers
  199. racism, racist
  200. racy
  201. raise
  202. ram, rams
  203. rare, rarer, rarest
  204. rash
  205. rat, rats
  206. rate, rates
  207. rater, raters
  208. rather
  209. ray, rays
  210. reach
  211. react, reacts
  212. ream, reams
  213. rear, rears
  214. rearm, rearms
  215. recast, recasts
  216. remiss
  217. remit, remits
  218. resist
  219. rest, rests
  220. retch
  221. retry
  222. rhyme, rhymes
  223. rhyme, rhymes
  224. rhymer, rhymers
  225. rice, rices
  226. ricer, ricers
  227. rich, riches, richer
  228. rim, rims
  229. rime, rimes
  230. rise, rises
  231. rise, rises
  232. riser, risers
  233. rite, rites
  234. rye
  235. sac, sacs
  236. same
  237. samite
  238. sash
  239. sat
  240. sate
  241. satire
  242. satyric
  243. say, says
  244. scam, scams
  245. scar, scars
  246. scare, scares
  247. scare, scares
  248. scary
  249. scary, scarier
  250. scat, scats
  251. schematism
  252. schism
  253. schist
  254. scram
  255. scream, screams
  256. scrim, scrims
  257. sea, seas
  258. seam, seams
  259. search
  260. seat, seats
  261. sec, secs
  262. sect, sects
  263. semi, semis
  264. set, sets
  265. sham, shams
  266. share
  267. she
  268. sherry
  269. shim, shims
  270. shimmer, shimmers
  271. shimmy
  272. shirr, shirrs
  273. shirt, shirts
  274. shy, shyer
  275. shyster
  276. sic
  277. simmer, simmers
  278. sir, sirs
  279. sire
  280. sister
  281. sit, sits
  282. site, sites
  283. smarmy
  284. smart, smarter
  285. smarts
  286. smarty
  287. smash, smasher
  288. smear, smears
  289. smirch, smirches
  290. smite, smites
  291. smith, smithy, smiths
  292. stammer
  293. star, stars
  294. starry
  295. starch, starchy
  296. stare, stares, starer
  297. stay, stays
  298. steam, steamy
  299. stem, stems
  300. stir, stirs
  301. stirrer, stirrers
  302. stray
  303. stream
  304. sty, sties
  305. symmetric
  306. tam, tams
  307. tame, tames
  308. tamer, tamers
  309. tar, tars,
  310. tare, tares
  311. tarry
  312. taste
  313. tea, teas
  314. teach
  315. team, teams,
  316. tear, tears
  317. techs
  318. term, terms
  319. terry
  320. test, tests
  321. the
  322. their
  323. them
  324. there
  325. therm, therms
  326. they
  327. this
  328. thy
  329. thyme
  330. tic, tics
  331. tie, ties
  332. tier, tiers
  333. time, times
  334. timer, timers
  335. tire, tires
  336. trace, traces
  337. tracer, tracery
  338. tram, trams
  339. trash, trashes
  340. trashy
  341. tray, trays,
  342. tress
  343. trey, treys
  344. trice
  345. trim, trims
  346. trimmer, trimmers
  347. try, tries, triers
  348. tryst
  349. tyre, tyres
  350. yacht
  351. yam, yams
  352. yea
  353. year, years
  354. yeast
  355. yes
  356. yet

Here are words that you could use...

  1. act, acts
  2. ah
  3. aim, aims
  4. air, airs
  5. am
  6. arch, arches
  7. arm, arms
  8. art, arts
  9. as
  10. ash, ashes
  11. at
  12. cam, cams
  13. car, cars
  14. cart, carts
  15. cash, cashes
  16. cast, casts
  17. cat, cats
  18. chair, chairs
  19. cha
  20. charm, charms
  21. chart, charts
  22. chat, chats
  23. cram, crams
  24. crash, crashes
  25. ha
  26. hair, hairs
  27. ham, hams
  28. harm, harms
  29. has
  30. hat, hats
  31. hi
  32. him
  33. his
  34. hiss
  35. hist
  36. hit, hits
  37. is
  38. it
  39. itch
  40. its
  41. ma
  42. mar, mars
  43. march, marches
  44. Mars
  45. marsh, marshes
  46. mart, marts
  47. mash, mashes
  48. mass
  49. mast, masts
  50. mastic
  51. mat, mats
  52. match, matches
  53. math
  54. miscast
  55. miss
  56. mist, mists
  57. ram, rams
  58. rash, rashes
  59. rat, rats
  60. rich, riches
  61. rim, rims
  62. sac, sacs
  63. saith
  64. sari, saris
  65. sash
  66. sat
  67. scam, scams
  68. scar, scars
  69. scat, scats
  70. schism
  71. schist
  72. scram, scrams
  73. scrim, scrims
  74. sh
  75. sham, shams
  76. shat
  77. shit
  78. shim, shims
  79. shirt, shirts
  80. sic

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Calendar

What day of the week was December 4th 1997?

December 4, 1997, was, a Thursday.

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Catholicism

When should you take down your Christmas tree and decorations?

In most English speaking countries, the decorations are traditionally taken down on 12th night (6th January). In Italy, they continue until Candlemas (2nd February). However in our ever commercial world, decorations in shopping centres go up around October and come down before the January sales.

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Store Hours
Sears

What are Target store hours of operation?

The Target store hours are Monday-Saturday 8AM to 10PM then Sunday 8AM to 9PM

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

What were all the character names in Rudolph the red nosed reindeer?

Corneileus

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English to Swedish

Where does the name Christmas come from?

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Christmas comes from the words Christ and mass. "Christ" refers to Jesus Christ, the Christian messiah; and mass is a religious ceremony or celebration.

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Calendar

When was Christmas on Saturday?

Christmas last fell on a Saturday in 2010. The next time Christmas falls on a Saturday will be in 2021.

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Egypt

When do the Copts celebrate Christmas?

January 7

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Why is Christmas also known as Xmas?

The words Christmas and Xmas are both shortened versions of the phrase Christ's Mass.

Christmas is a simple contraction of the two words and it is easy to see how Christ's Mass became Christmas.

The first letter of the word Xmas was not originally an X as we use it in the English language; what looks like an X is actually the English representation of the Greek letter Chi, χ, the first letter of the word Χριστός, meaning Christ.

The letter Chi "χ" can also stand alone to represent the word Christ, so Xmas therefore literally translates as Christ-mas and that is how it should be pronounced, never as ex-mass.

A more detailed explanation.

The word Xmas was used long before cell-phone text messaging although texting may have greatly increased the usage of that particular word over Christmas.

Centuries ago, Greek was the language of Christianity. The New Testament was written in Greek and we can still see traces of this in symbols and phrases that we still use today, such as calling God 'the alpha and the omega', meaning 'the beginning and the end', because alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and omega is the last. It is like calling Him the A to Z.

Similarly, the 'Chi-Rho' symbol that looks like an 'X' superimposed over a 'P' is actually the Greek letters Chi (X) and Rho (P) which are the first letters in Christ's name. This symbol, like the fish, is almost as old as the Cross symbol of Christianity and can be found even in the early Christian Church catacombs in Rome, scratched on the walls. The co-incidence that the 'X' Chi letter also looks like a cross helped it being adopted to replace 'Christ'.

So, from very early times Christians have used the Greek letter that looks like an X as an abbreviation of Christ. More recently, people have used an actual X instead, particularly if they don't know Greek.

Some people object to the use of Xmas because they see it as 'crossing Christ out of Christmas' as though this is a modern practice attempting to appease other religious groups, but the use of Xmas seems to have became more widesrpead long ago, in the Middle Ages, when European religious clerics used it as a form of shorthand in their writings.

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Shopping

Is Shoppers Drug Mart open on Family Day?

Yes, Shoppers Drug Mart is open on Family Day because there is only one holiday that Shoppers has off and it is Labor Day.

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Informative Speech

Which religions do not believe in rebirth?

If by rebirth you mean reincarnation, then Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism.. most of these do not believe in reincarnation.

However if by rebirth you mean something more spiritual, then I would say that most religions in some sense believe in rebirth. However I would say most likely Islam and Judism do not believe in it.

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Where and how did Christmas start?

Christmas Beginnings

Christmas or "Christ's Mass," the celebration of Jesus Christ's birth, began in European and Middle Eastern Christendom in the 3rd Century. These early celebrations, feasts, or "Masses" were not standardized or widely held. It is thought that the early Christians did not widely celebrate the birth of Jesus. This is most likely true since the primary focus was on His life, crucifixion, and particularly His resurrection (Easter).

There certainly were some early celebrations. Early writings including a "feast calendar" written in 243AD indicate that there were some celebrations in the third century and perhaps in the second century. Christmas celebrations did not gain widespread prominence however until the Middle Ages or starting from around 400AD.

These celebrations began and occurred in the areas where Christianity started and spread, the areas around the Mediterranean, including the Middle East, North Africa, southern Europe.

Christmas day, December 25, is not necessarily the actual date of Christ's birth. The true date may not be known because we lack enough information to pinpoint it precisely. (Beware that there are many who claim to have calculated the actual date and are most likely no more accurate than December 25.) Other dates including December 25 were used for this feast.

December 25 was settled on by the early church for reasons that are not absolutely clear (but there are some logical reasons for that date). There were pagan celebrations on and around December 25th. There were pagan holidays year round.

No one can be absolutely certain of the exact day of Christ's birth. An early winter date is as reasonable a guess as any and December 25th has been the frontrunner for eighteen centuries.

There are many theories surrounding Christmas, such as the belief that it was created simply to convert pagans and/or replace the pagan celebrations around the winter solstice. The problem with these theories is two-fold. First, there is a lack of evidence. There was no big push in early church to create a birthday celebration for Christ. Of course, the church was and is "in the business" of spreading Christianity so there is no doubt that the early church fathers wanted pagans to convert and wanted celebrations to honor God.

Second, pagan worship practices were seasonal and on-going. That is, almost any date or time frame could be said to be a pagan "Holy" day. That Christian Holy Days would clash with and even replace pagan days was inevitable.

In short, Christmas began in the early areas of Christendom in the 2nd or 3rd Centuries.

It is also Jesus Christ's Birthday

Actually it is possible to approximately determine when Jesus' birth was. First of all the Gospel of Matthew that Jesus' birth occurred before the death of Herod the Great (Matthew 2:15), which occurred in the spring of 4 BC (or BCE) so Jesus's birth most likely occurred in 5 BCE. secondly the Gospel of Luke records that Zachariah, John the Baptist's father, was serving in the Temple as a priest of the Division of Abijah, which was the 8th of 24 priestly divisions. This service would have ended around May 20th 6 BC. This would have resulted in a likely birth of John the Baptist around the end of February 5 BC, and Jesus birth would have likely occurred near the end of August or the first week of September 5 BC. In any case Jesus was not born on Dec. 25. That date was chosen for Christmas because it was the date when the Winter Solstice occurred. THis date was widely celebrated as the birth date of the Persian sun god Mithras, who was widely worshipped in the Roman Empire, particularly among soldiers. The Emperor Constantine was among those who worshiped Mithras. When the chucrch became flooded with pagan converts, a huge problem arose. The converted pagans did not want to give up the Winter Solstice festival as it was a time of much celebrating. The church basically followed the old saying "If you can't beat them, join them" and decreed that December 25 should not be celebrated as the birth date of the sun god, but rather as the birth date of the Son of God. Christmas is a pagan holiday and the fact that virtually all of the popular customs observed on this date are of pagan origin confirms that fact.

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What stores are open on Christmas Eve in 2010?

Almost all stores! Supper markets, Mall, all last minute shopping stores. Not open small little stores, self-owned.

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How do you play Christmas Transportinators of Doom?

First defeate Perry the Platpus

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What is the first line of the song White Christmas?

"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

Just like the ones I used to know,"

There. TWO lines for ya! :P

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