What is Christmas ?
The word Christmas comes from the words Cristes maesse, or "Christ's Mass." Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus for members of the Christian religion.
Most historians peg the first celebration of Christmas to Rome in 336 A.D.
Christmas is both a holy day and a holiday.
The tradition of gifts seems to have started with the gifts that the wise men
brought to Jesus. As recounted in the Bible's book of Matthew, "On coming to the house they
saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh."
The word for Christ in Greek is Xristos. The use of the shortened form "Xmas" became popular in Europe in the
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