Despite the fact that Christmas had become a very common celebration by the mid-18th century, it was still not formally recognized as a holiday by the time of the Revolutionary War. Congress went so far as to have its first session on Christmas Day in 1789. It wasn't until 1836 that Christmas became an official federal holiday.
Christmas has been a popular holiday since its inception. The early Christians continued to celebrate Jesus' birth after he was crucified by observing his birthday on December 25th. As more and more people began celebrating his birth, many governments began declaring January 6th (the day Jesus was born) to be a public holiday in honor of him. In some countries, such as England and Germany, this day is now known as "Christmastide" or "Christamsday."
In the United States, Christmas has always been one of the busiest times of the year for shopping and eating out. Some businesses will open their doors on Christmas Day, but most will wait until after New Year's to reopen their stores.
Almost every country in the world celebrates Christmas at least partly based on religious traditions. But not all countries observe all holidays attributed to Jesus Christ. Japan, for example, does not observe any religious holidays during the winter season because they believe it is inappropriate to do so during mourning periods when there are no Buddhist temples available to hold memorial services.
Christmas in the American Colonies Christmas was so insignificant in early America that, following the Revolutionary War, Congress didn't even bother taking the day off to observe it, instead holding its inaugural session on Christmas Day, 1789. It took Congress almost a century to declare it an official holiday.
In the 19th century, Christmas became more important as the country began to industrialize and urban populations increased. Businesses relied on consumer spending to survive, so they started including Christmas in their advertising campaigns. By the 1920s, Christmas had become such a big part of life that when President Calvin Coolidge declared a national day of prayer and meditation, he included Christmas in his request for help from God.
Today, Christmas is a major industry that generates billions of dollars in revenue each year. Shopping malls open earlier and close later to accommodate people who work during the holidays and travelers who want to get a head start on their shopping. Radio stations play Christmas music all year round, not just around Christmas time. And Santa Claus has become so popular that there are now Santa Claus tours that take visitors to see where the legend of Saint Nicholas originated.
Christmas in the United States isn't held annually on December 25; instead, it's held between November 23 and January 6 depending on what state you live in. This is because most states used to hold their annual elections between these dates too, which means that celebrating Christmas would conflict with voting.
On June 28, 1870, President Ulysses S. Grant signed it. "On June 28, 1870, Congress formally recognized Christmas as a legal holiday... after 33 states had previously done so."
In truth, despite the word is often used, Christmas is not a "national" holiday in the United States; rather, it is a federal holiday as well as a state holiday.
When did Christmas become a federally recognized holiday? It took some time for the two chambers to get an agreement on the bill's text, but once done, it was sent to President Ulysses S. Grant, who signed it on June 28, 1870, establishing Christmas an official Federal holiday for the first time.
In addition to being a legal public holiday, Christmas has also become a cultural one. As such, most large cities across the United States have adopted their own versions of Santa Claus, including Philadelphia's Father Christmas, Chicago's Saint Nick and New York's Jolly St. Nicholas.
Even though they are not associated with Christmas in any way, Presidents Washington through Lincoln made special trips to church on Christmas Day. After Washington's death in 1799, Congress passed a resolution making Christmas Day "a day of public thanksgiving and prayer." In 1816, that resolution was extended to include New Year's Day.
Since then, both holidays have been observed by going to church and receiving Jesus Christ as your personal savior. This is why many people call themselves Christians, even though they may not follow all of the rules set by other churches.
Our country's original settlers came from Europe where Christmas is not widely celebrated. So when they arrived in America and didn't know what to make of the holiday, they decided to adopt Saint Nicholas as its new patron saint.
Christmas was generally not celebrated throughout the Reformation and until the middle of the 1800s because partying and merrymaking were considered unchristian. Christmas became more popular about the year 1840. In 1870, the United States made December 25 a federal holiday.
The popularity of Christmas continues to rise each year. More and more people are deciding to have Christmas decorations up early. These people often call themselves "holiday pioneers."
In conclusion, Christmas has become more popular over time because more people are choosing to celebrate this holy day.
Since then, Christmas Day has increasingly grown in importance.
The number of gifts exchanged on Christmas Day increased from 1841 to 1851, but after that, it began to decline again. Now it is said that everyone gives something away on Christmas Day.
The number of houses (including churches) that open their doors for Christmas meals has decreased since the 1950s. Modern families tend to stay home and have dinner while watching television or playing games. But back in the 1940s, families would go to church early, have a breakfast with all the trimmings at one of the many restaurants that had opened on Christmas Day, and then come home for lunch and more gifts!
Today's shoppers expect everything to be available anytime, anywhere, and at any price. So retailers make sure that there are plenty of products on the shelves during Christmas season. The best sellers will usually be there throughout the year, but new things are always coming out too. If you want to find out what will be popular this year, just look online!
Shopping online is becoming more and more popular, which is why most stores offer discounts during Christmas time.
In 1836, Alabama led the charge, becoming the first state to declare Christmas a public holiday.
Christmas, in reality, was not named a federal holiday until June 26, 1870. It has been a national holiday since July 1, 1955. However, it was previously celebrated as a public holiday between 1825 and 1855.
Although Christmas is widely observed across the world, it is not officially recognized as a public holiday by all nations. Countries such as India, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam observe Christmas but do not include it on their annual holiday list. Some countries may recognize Christmas as an optional public holiday if enough businesses are open on that day or if there is enough demand for services on that day. For example, the United States allows some retail stores to close early on Christmas Day if they have not closed earlier that year.
Canada is one of only a few countries that have Christmas as a statutory public holiday rather than just an optional one. Canada's original settlers came from Europe where Christmas was already a religious and cultural celebration so they built its observance into law at the time of Confederation in 1867.