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Christmas Celebrations

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Christmas Tree When is Christmas
Christmas, Xmas or Christmas Day is celebrated every year on 25th December and the festivities last for ten day upto the 1st January which is the New Year Day.

Christmas Celebrations
Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated Christian festivals all around the world. It is annual holiday celebrated on the 25th of December to honor the birth of Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ as he is more popularly known. It marks the beginning of the Christmas Season, also known as Christmastide which lasts till 12 days from the day of Christmas, i.e. from 25th of December till 5th of January. Christmas Day also corresponds to the onset of winter , the seasonal significance of which is that of lengthening of nights and shortening of days. Christmas is celebrated throughout the Christian population as well as among a wide population of Non-Christians as a cultural festival. Christmas season is a season of love for everyone, generosity, kindness, happiness and laughter. It is a season when everyone comes together in celebration for the almighty.

Christmas Gifts
One of the things that make Christmas special is the spirit of exchanging gifts. People give gifts to their near and dear ones along with best wishes on world's most popular festival. On Christmas, one can present a very personal gift to make a special memory for someone. Gifts can do the magic as they bring a nice smile and love for you on the receiver's face. Here are some unique Christmas gift ideas for your loved ones :

Christmas gift ideas for children
Christmas Chocolate Christmas Toys Christmas Cookies
  1. Chocolates : Small kids love chocolates or rather, they simply enjoy getting chocolates. Gift them a box of their favorite chocolate and enjoy the satisfying excitement on their faces.
  2. Stuffed Toys : The fun which children enjoy with stuffed toys is unmatchable. Specially, girls love to have stuffed toys in their gift box.
  3. Story Books : Listening to stories of superheroes, magic, popular legends etc. is a healthy practice. By listening to these tales, children try to adapt themselves like their heroes and grow on the whole as a citizen. Gift a story book to your children this christmas.
  4. Games : Kids love to play games. Present some exclusive games like scrabble, brainvita etc to children so that they can nurture their talent and intelligence.
  5. Sweets & Cookies : Presenting cookies or sweets on the festival of Christmas is on eof the most obvious and best options.
Christmas gift ideas for Men
I Pod Christmas Apparels Wrist Watches
  1. Gadgets Men love gadgets and for hi-tech generation, what can be a better Christmas gift than electronic gadgets like mobiles, CDs, I-pods, etc.
  2. Accessories - Select from a wide array of men's accessories like wrist watch, perfumes, bracelets, neck tie, shaving kits, etc to be presented as Christmas gifts.
  3. Apparels - Make your loving men look more attractive and handsome this Christmas by gifting him the best apparel piece like shirts, t-shirts, trousers and many more.
  4. Set of Wrist Watches Endow the men in your life with the power to stay ahead of time. Surprise him with exciting watches.
  5. Perfumes & Body Deodorants - Make the occasion of Christmas special by letting your brother/father/friend be the cynosure at every place that they visit.
Christmas gift ideas for Women
Jewelry Flowers Purse
  1. Fresh Flowers Women love flowers and a bunch of fresh flowers will transform this Christmas into a fragrant occasion.
  2. Trendy Clothes - Apparels for girls like ethnic kurtis, tops, shirts, skirts, etc can be the most alluring gift item for women on this Christmas.
  3. Jewelries Jewelery has a sense of addiction with girls. They usually are very fond of jewelry, so guft them their most treasured possessions.
  4. Decorative Items - Beautiful show pieces and home decorative items can be the best Christmas gift idea.
  5. Bags & Purses - Gifting a purse or a bag of latest fashion can do wonders in pleasin a women on this Christmas.

Christmas Messages
Merry Christmas For thy lord
your God had made it possible for u
to see the month of December
So shall all impossibility in your will be possible
Wishing u merry x-mas

It is d month of Cakes n Candles,
Snow n Songs,
Carols n Joys,
Laughter n Love,
Its DECEMBER.
Wishing you a Blessed Month of Christmas!!

May this Christmas be so special
that you never ever feel lonely again
and be surrounded by loved ones throughout!

Christmas waves a
magic wand over this world,
and behold,
everything is softer and more beautiful.

May the good times and treasures of the present
become the golden memories of tomorrow.
Wish you lots of love, joy and happiness.
MARRY CHRISTMAS

Happy Christmas Heap on the wood!-
the wind is chill;
But let it whistle as it will,
Well keep our Christmas merry still.

Christmas is a wonderful DAY"2Pray" "2Love" "2Care" "2Smile" "2Relax"
& "2Thank God"
Happy Christmas Eve n Merry Xmas!!

If you have money and a good health
and you don't have Christmas in your heart,
you will never know the true meaning of
Peace and Joy

If tonight, a big fat man jumps in at your window,
grabs you and puts you in a sack,
don't worry. I told Santa I wanted you for Christmas.
Happy Christmas

Christmas is a state of mind,
when you cherish peace and goodwill.
The real spirit of Christmas is to have
mercy, love and faith.
Merry Christmas

Christmas Recipes
Christmas Cake Christmas Cookies Christmas Pastry
Make this Christmas the most memorable with dozens of best recipes for Christmas dinner, lunch, desert and snack items. These tried-and-tested recipes are timeless classics, which will surely test your taste buds. Relish the opportunity to transform your family Christmas get together into a truly special occasion.


Christmas Decorations
Christmas Candles Christmas Stars Christmas Tree
During the ten days long celebrations of Christmas or Xmas one thing among the others plays a pivot role that is called a Christmas Tree. As an integral part of the traditions associated with this festival, a Christmas Tree is bought and placed inside or outside the house and decorated with lots of colorful goodies like stars, balloons, candies, light-bulbs, teddies with an angle placed at the top as the host of the angles. To place the Christmas Tree both natural and artificial trees are in which the artificial ones are sold in different shapes and sizes, right from the desk-top size to the larger ones. There are several other options of Christmas Tree made of plastic and metals like aluminum. For decoration of a Christmas Tree, generally the family traditions and individuals' likings prevail but most commonly the tree is adorned by colors, lights and shimmering ornaments.

Top Christmas Destinations in India
Christmas in India is celebrated with great fervor and gaiety. People from all walks of life come together and this occasion serves as a binding factor to foster brotherhood and humanity. However, there are some top destinations to celebrate Christmas in India.

Christmas in Goa Goa : It's one of the most popular places to celebrate Christmas in India. A large Roman Catholic population and a number of churches add to the jubilant atmosphere during Christmas in Goa. The midnight mass on Christmas Eve is the highlight of the celebrations, but its presence is undeniably most prevalent in Goa. This is because of the great influence of Christianity there. Historically, it is supposed to be a semi-Portuguese colony. Besides this, because of its beauty of unparallel beaches and scenic beauty, it is one of the most prime tourist destinations in India. Therefore, it is the place to be around Christmas and New Years because the festive mood and the friendly people there. It transforms into a place of constant celebrations at rave parties, casinos and unhindered fun and gratification during the festive season of Christmas and New Year. A prolific shopping in Goa alongside a relishing Goan cuisine and a cluster of water sports make Christmas in Goa a cherished memory in which Christians and the Non-Christians participate alike.

Christmas in Kerala Kerala : Christmas in Kerala is another popular choice to celebrate the divine festival. A large number of beach resorts, a cruise on a houseboat down to the Kerala backwaters and a few days of relative peace amidst Keralas lush rivers and canals is a lifetime experience. Witnessing a boat race in waters of Kerala or visiting the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, both these experiences will make Chistmas in Kerala a treasured memory.


Christmas in Delhi Delhi : The end of year in Delhi is marked by Christmas celebrations as the city turns red and green with the Christmas spirit. The bazaars are overflowing with Christmas goodies and decorations for the shoppers to make this festival a glittering affair. Besides this, Christmas in Delhi provides a multitude path to past. A visit to ancient landmarks like Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Humayun Tomb and Jama Masjid will take you thousands of years back in time. This all is not concluded here as the journey back to present is governed by modern establishments like India Gate, Rail Museum and National Museum. Christmas in Delhi is an exclusive junction of past and present with a gala time all around.

Christmas in Shimla Shimla : Enjoy Christmas in snow covered mountains and hill station in the Himalayas. Enjoy various adventure sports and trekking by visiting Shimla during Christmas season.






Holy Churches

The English word Christmas has been derived from the words Cristes maesse (from Middle English), or Christ`s Mass (from old English) meaning Mass on Chirst's Day. The term Christmas is also abbreviated as Xmas, in which 'X' has been used for Christ in Roman. Christmas festival is known by different names like: Nativity, Incarnation, Yule Tide, Noel and Winter Pascha.

History of Christmas
Historians claim that the first celebration of Christmas happened in Rome in 336 A.D. Early Romans, however, could not profess their religion openly as Christianity had grown up in blood and tears in Rome. It was only after the conversion of Emperor Constantine to Christianity in 4th century A.D that the religion came to be followed by vast masses of humanity. This community then felt the need to celebrate the birth of Christ as a festival. But different groups had been celebrating Jesus's birth on different dates like 6th January, 19th April, 20th May, 17th November, 25th December. By the 5th century A.D. 25th December got accepted as the most suitable date in the Western World and gradually the Eastern Churches fell in line with the west.

Besides, traditionally the middle of winter has long been a time of celebration around the world. Even before the arrival of Jesus, many peoples rejoiced during the winter solstice, when the worst of the winter was behind them and they could look forward to longer days and extended hours of sunlight.
Santa Claus The Father of Christmas
Santa Claus is also known popularly as Saint Nicholas, Father of Christmas and represents the spirit of merriment and the joy of giving gifts to good children across the world. This legend is believed by some to have originated from Saint Nicholas who is considered to be a historical figure of giving gifts.

Christmas Shopping
Christmas is also a great time for shopping with all outlets offering huge discounts. It is also customary to shop for gifts for your family and friends. One can gift just about anything on Christmas. Traditional Christmas Shopping includes buying decorative materials, Christmas Trees, Yule logs, Mistletoe, candys, toys, cookies and other gifts. These days, people gift video games, books, comics and even skates, skis, holidays and so on. One can find very good bargains in shopping complexes and malls during Christmas and almost everyone takes advantage of them. Christmas celebrations in India-Christmas celebrations most prevalent in Goa

Christmas Greeting Cards
Christmas is here and there's merriment everywhere. Send warm and beautiful Merry Christmas ecards to share the wonderful spirit of Christmas with your friends, family and loved ones.

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