It is said that the origin of Christmas began 2000 years ago. Christmas is the festive period to commemorate when the birth of Christ took place for which the actual date of his birth is not known. The day of Christ’s birth is conceived by Christians to be the most sacred day of the year.
It is believed that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and he came to the world to spread the message of God. This message was so widely spread, that is was therefore marked by celebrating the birth of Jesus. Christmas day (accepted as the birth day of Jesus) is central to the holiday season, and in Christianity marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days.
Although the Christmas season is nominally a Christian holiday, Christmas is also celebrated by millions of non-Christians worldwide. Although different nations celebrate is different ways, many of the popular celebratory customs have pre-Christian or secular themes and origins. Now a days modern customs to celebrate Christmas include putting up decorations, giving and receiving of gifts, sending and receiving of Christmas cards, having special church celebrations, and rejoicing with family members and friends to share a special meal. In particular the display of various decorations; including Christmas trees, lights, garlands, mistletoe and nativity scenes mark the beginning of Christmas and signify the time of joy, festivity and happiness around the world.
Year on year because giving presents along with several other aspects of Christmas involve increase spending and economic activity both with Christians and non-Christians, the Christmas holiday has become a vital event in the calendar and a crucial sales period for businesses.