Did you know Christmas wasn’t always celebrated on 25th December? Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. December 25–Christmas Day–has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870. Today, in the Greek and Russian orthodox churches, Christmas is celebrated 13 days after the 25th, which is also referred to as the Epiphany or Three Kings Day. This is the day it is believed that the three wise men finally found Jesus in the manger. As Americans began to embrace Christmas as a perfect family holiday, old customs were unearthed. Americans built a Christmas tradition all their own that included pieces of many other customs, including decorating trees, sending holiday cards, and gift-giving.
Today, in the Greek and Russian orthodox churches, Christmas is celebrated 13 days after the 25th, which is also referred to as the Epiphany or Three Kings Day. This is the day it is believed that the three wise men finally found Jesus in the manger.
Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States on June 26, 1870.
Construction workers started the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition in 1931.
Each year, 30-35 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States alone. There are 21,000 Christmas tree growers in the United States, and trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.
CHristmas in India
The celebrations are most noticeable in states where there are many Christians. Christmas Day is a gazetted holiday in India. Christmas trees in India are usually imitation pine trees or branches of native trees or bushes. There are now around 24 million Christians in India. Government offices and most businesses are closed so people have a day off work. Some stores and malls may put up Christmas decorations and have actors playing Santa. Christmas celebrations in tourist areas and hotels may be created to emulate how Christmas Day is celebrated in the countries where tourists and travelers are from.
Some Christians and organizations alleged attacks on Christmas (dubbing them a “war on Christmas”) Such groups claim that any specific mention of the term “Christmas” or its religious aspects is being increasingly censored, avoided, or discouraged by a number of advertisers, retailers, government (prominently schools), and other public and private organizations.
Christmas celebrations for many nations include the installing and lighting of Christmas trees, the hanging of Advent wreaths, Christmas stockinsg, candy canes, and the creation of Nativity scenes depicting the birth Jesus Christ.