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Some basic facts about the Christmas holiday are presented below:

  • Christmas is an annual celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.  The exact year of Jesus' birth is not universally agreed upon.
  • The holiday is normally celebrated annually on December 25.
  • Since 1870, Christmas Day has been a federal holiday in the United States.
  • Around 95% of Americans indicate that they celebrate this holiday but the amount of people who say that they put up trees is less than 90%.
  • The name Santa Claus originated from the Dutch word Sinterklaas which means Saint Nicholas.
  • The poem "The Night Before Christmas", published anonymously in 1823, is generally credited for creating the modern day idea of Santa Claus. 
  • Christmas is celebrated by both Christians and non-Christians around the world.
  • The busiest days of the year in terms of Church attendance revolve around Christmas and Easter.
  • The custom of decorating a Christmas tree has been traced back to the 15th century.

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