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Some people use the abbreviation "Xmas", which is an based on the initial letter chi (Χ) in the Greek word for Christ: Khrīstos (Χριστός).The December 25th date is actually just an estimate of when Jesus was born, the Bible does not give an exact date.Dickens took Christmas away from the community/church based celebration and made it into a family-centered festival of generosity (family gatherings, seasonal food and drink, dancing, games, and a festive generosity of spirit).Then, in what most historians agree was the most significant Christmas related development in the past 150 years, a website named was launched in 2004 to allow people to chat live with Santa Claus over the Internet.The History of Christmas: Christmas is a holiday commemorating of the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated on December 25th.According to the Bible, Jesus was born to Mary, assisted by her husband Joseph, in a stable surrounded by farm animals in the city of Bethlehem.He traditionally appeared in bishop's attire, accompanied by helpers, inquiring about the behavior of children during the past year before deciding whether they deserved a gift or not.At the Reformation in 16th–17th century Europe, many Protestants changed the name of gift bringer to the Christ Child or Christkindl, which was Americanized to Kris Kringle, and the date of giving gifts changed from December 6 to Christmas Eve.
Nicholas was Bishop of Myra, in modern-day Turkey, during the 4th century.
Mary wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger (a feeding trough) because there was no room for them at the inn.
The word "Christmas" originates from the term "Christ's Mass".
A little known fact about Christmas is that from 1647-1660, England's Puritan rulers passed a law that made Christmas illegal (although pro-Christmas rioting broke out in protest).
And, in Colonial America, the Puritans of New England outlawed Christmas in Boston from 1659 to 1681.