Christmas Definition & Meaning

If you’re not sure what to give friends, family, co-workers and loved ones, check out the Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list. There’s also a special assortment of gifts for kids of any age, including babies, toddlers and older kids. Find everything you need to bring the Christmas spirit to each room in your home. Also, remember to check out early Black Friday sales to save on Christmas decor.

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The Christmas sale has dozens of cute stocking stuffers for those Christmas stockings, so you can stock up now and save. Decorate your tree with Santa and character ornaments, gingerbread ornaments and a wide assortment of dazzling holiday designs. There are holiday bingo cards, whistles, stockings, dinner plates, place holders, wreaths and decorations to make your Christmas festive. Whether you like traditional-looking trees or colorful trees, including white Christmas trees, black Christmas trees, pink, purple, blue or rose gold – The Home Depot is sure to have your perfect match. Browse online or in store to see some of the many other unique styles we offer, including rainbow Christmas trees and eye-catching upside-down Christmas trees. Plus, since artificial Christmas trees are hypo-allergenic and don’t shed needles, they make an ideal option for families with pets or small children.

Christmas has at times been the subject of controversy and attacks from various sources. Historically it was prohibited by Puritans when they briefly held power in England (1647–1660), and in Colonial America where the Puritans outlawed the celebration of Christmas in 1659. The Parliament of Scotland, which was dominated by Presbyterians, passed a series of acts outlawing the observance of Christmas between 1637 and 1690; Christmas Day did not become a public holiday in Scotland until 1958. Christmas celebrations have also been prohibited by atheist states such as the Soviet Union and more recently majority Muslim states such as Somalia, Tajikistan and Brunei. The Christmas music in the U.S. was influenced by community and church music, as well as radio, television, and recordings.

Magical moments and precious memories are made around the Christmas tree every year. That’s why selecting a Christmas tree that’s just right is so important. Whether you’re searching for a big, flocked Christmas tree that looks like it’s covered with snow or a skinny Christmas tree that fits perfectly in the corner of your small apartment – We have the tree you’re looking for. We’re here to help you with every step of the decision-making process. Of course, once you’ve chosen a Christmas tree, what goes on it is entirely up to you. A more budget-friendly option, bristle-like tips are constructed from PVC material.

The celebration of Christmas started in Rome about 336, but it did not become a major Christian festival until the 9th century. The middle of winter has long been a time of celebration around the world. Centuries before the arrival of the man called Jesus, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter.

Numerous Church Fathers offered sarcastic comments about the pagan custom of celebrating birthdays when, in fact, saints and martyrs should be honoured on the days of their martyrdom—their true “birthdays,” from the church’s perspective. The end of December was a perfect time for celebration in most areas of Europe. At that time of year, most cattle were slaughtered so they would not have to be fed during the winter.

In certain parts of the world, notably Sicily, living nativity scenes following the tradition of Saint Francis are a popular alternative to static crèches. The first commercially produced decorations appeared in Germany in the 1860s, inspired by paper chains made by children. In countries where a representation of the Nativity scene is very popular, people are encouraged to compete and create the most original or realistic ones. Within some families, the pieces used to make the representation are considered a valuable family heirloom. The calculation hypothesis suggests that an earlier holiday held on March 25 became associated with the Incarnation.

In the United States, it has been calculated that a quarter of all personal spending takes place during the Christmas/holiday shopping season. Census Bureau reveal that expenditure in department stores nationwide rose from $20.8 billion in November 2004 to $31.9 billion in December 2004, an increase of 54 percent. In other sectors, the pre-Christmas increase in spending was even greater, there being a November–December buying surge of 100 percent in bookstores and 170 percent in jewelry stores. In the same year employment in American retail stores rose from 1.6 million to 1.8 million in the two months leading up to Christmas. Industries completely dependent on Christmas include Christmas cards, of which 1.9 billion are sent in the United States each year, and live Christmas Trees, of which 20.8 million were cut in the U.S. in 2002.