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Although many parents around the world routinely teach their children about Santa Claus and other gift bringers, some have come to reject this practice, considering it deceptive. The modern popular image of Santa Claus, however, was created in the United States, and in particular in New York. The transformation was accomplished with the aid of notable contributors including Washington Irving and the German-American cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840–1902). Following the American Revolutionary War, some of the inhabitants of New York City sought out symbols of the city’s non-English past. New York had originally been established as the Dutch colonial town of New Amsterdam and the Dutch Sinterklaas tradition was reinvented as Saint Nicholas.

Create your own Advent calendar by using paper bags, a muffin tin, envelopes, or other accessible items around the house, and include cute and quirky little presents to celebrate each day. These make perfect holiday gifts or a great way to #treatyourself every day in December. Every year on December 25, we celebrate Christmas, a day for spending time with family, observing an important Christian holiday, partaking in lighthearted traditions, or just spreading some holiday cheer! Christmas has evolved over several millennia into a worldwide celebration that’s both religious and secular and chock full of fun-filled, family activities. In ancient Rome, December 25 was a celebration of the Unconquered Sun, marking the return of longer days.

The group was composed of a lead singer and a ring of dancers that provided the chorus. Various writers of the time condemned caroling as lewd, indicating that the unruly traditions of Saturnalia and Yule may have continued in this form. “Misrule”—drunkenness, promiscuity, gambling—was also an important aspect of the festival.


Get ready for everything red, green and white, like a decorative sleigh, fun pops of plaid and Santa’s mailbox. Americans, many of whom celebrated a watered-down version of the holiday last year, are also eager to get the holidays started and make up for lost time. But when she walked out of her house last Tuesday, five days before Halloween, she saw that her landlord had skipped the holiday altogether and put up a fully decorated Christmas tree. Our favorite lover of black and white paint Tim Burton blends both holidays together in a way that’s both spooky and heartwarming all at the same time.


In England, gifts were exchanged on New Year’s Day, and there was special Christmas ale. With Belk’s Christmas décor, it’s easier than ever to decorate your entire home for the holidays. We have everything you need to add Christmas spirit to each room of your house. Explore our Christmas shop and discover pre-lit faux Christmas trees in a variety of styles, widths and heights to suit every taste and location — even outdoors.

Much of the religious observance of Christmas involves the story of Jesus’s birth in a stable in the town of Bethlehem. Some Christians set up Nativity scenes depicting the scene of Jesus’s birth, including figures of Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus in a manger. For many Christians, religious observation of Christmas is done alongside other secular aspects of the season, such as the exchange of gifts and Santa Claus. Give away plush holiday elves, penguins and snowmen or reindeer yo-yos. There are decorations and gifts for Christmas for everyone at Oriental Trading.

If space is at a premium, small Christmas trees (3 ft. to 6 ft.) make sense. Mini Christmas trees are perfect for a tabletop in the foyer or as a centerpiece in the dining room. You’ll find 9-foot Christmas trees all the way up 12 ft., plus some even taller options. Choose fresh-cut, real Christmas trees to bring home the beauty of nature and the unmistakable scent of evergreen this holiday season. Each November and December, The Home Depot stores receive shipments of live Christmas trees from local growers on a regular basis. If you’re unsure which fresh-cut tree is the right height, shape and type for your home and lifestyle, our Real Christmas Tree Buying Guide is a great resource.

Whether you’re searching for the best deals on holiday decorations, trend-right home décor, gourmet treats, party supplies or great gifts…you’ll be thrilled to discover all this and more, in your store. I’ll Be Gnome for Christmas – find the perfect gnome ornaments, decorations, holiday mugs, and so much more in this fun-filled Christmas tree decor theme. Some celebrate it just to partake in its holiday fun or to spend time with family. Houses are decked out in colorful lights and beautifully decorated pine trees, the delicious smell of hot cocoa and spices fill the air — there’s nothing that quite tops the beautiful Christmas spirit.

In Luke, Joseph and Mary travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the census, and Jesus is born there and laid in a manger. Angels proclaimed him a savior for all people, and shepherds came to adore him.

The earliest extant specifically Christmas hymns appear in fourth-century Rome. Latin hymns such as “Veni redemptor gentium”, written by Ambrose, Archbishop of Milan, were austere statements of the theological doctrine of the Incarnation in opposition to Arianism. “Corde natus ex Parentis” (“Of the Father’s love begotten”) by the Spanish poet Prudentius (d. 413) is still sung in some churches today.