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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".
By the 1700s and early 1800s, the observance of Christmas had dwindled.
Some of the city's residents sought out symbols of the city's non-English past.
New York had originally been established as the Dutch colonial town of New Amsterdam, so the Dutch Sinterklaas gift giver became known as Saint Nicholas.
It is believed the date for Christmas was chosen in the 4th century by the Church due to the popularity of various ancient winter festivals around that time (less agricultural work needs to be done during the winter so people had more free time), in the hopes of replacing those festivals and encouraging the spread of Christianity through celebration.
The first Christmas celebrations were just a simple mass, but over time Christmas grew in popularity overtaking many of the other cultural holidays throughout the world.