"So folks would celebrate a bit earlier on the (Dec.) 24th, so they could have the 25th as a day to relax and recover, since you're back to work on the 26th," she explained. Ramirez concurred, saying that on Christmas Day, people prefer to just eat leftovers and gather with their relatives, but "it's very, very informal."
Christmas in Mexico is a three-day event that starts on Dec. 7 (Christmas Eve) when families exchange gifts. On Christmas Day, people eat lunch early while listening to radio broadcasts of Mass from different churches. On Dec. 27 (Christmas Day), workers get a day off from work, if they don't take it before then.
In South America, Christmas is on December 25th because this is when Jesus was born. In North America, however, it's on January 6th because this is when he was baptized by John.
So there you have it! Christmas on the 24th came about because people didn't want to stop celebrating after Christmas Eve and start working again after Christmas Day. They decided to make the holiday end on the 25th so they could have two days where they could relax instead of just one.
"The reason for establishing December 25 as Christmas is somewhat obscure, but it is usually held that the day was chosen to correspond to pagan festivals that took place around the time of the winter solstice, when the days begin to lengthen, to celebrate the "rebirth of the sun," according to the Encyclopedia Americana. Some have suggested that the date was selected because it is close to a rational number (365.24), because an emperor at that time (Aurelius Caesar) had two birthdays, or because some Christians would have been absent from work on any other day.
In any case, Christmas has become an integral part of Western culture and Christianity itself. It has evolved into the largest holiday season in terms of spending within the United States.
Christmas markets have emerged across Europe in recent years; here are several of them currently open in Germany: Dachau Christmas Market, Frankfurter Christkindelsmarkt, Munich's Isarcoast Christmas Market, Nürnberg's Christkindlesmarkt, Regensburg's Christkindelsmarkt. In France, there is a market in Lyon and one in Brussels.
These markets feature local products such as food, crafts, and entertainment as well as light displays that include candles, lamps, and decorations.
Many churches also hold seasonal events during Christmas week to celebrate Jesus' birth. The most famous of these is nativity scenes displayed in cities all over Italy.
This involves the traditional sharing of a turkey supper. On the fourth Thursday of November, the holiday is honored. The market session concludes three hours earlier than usual the day after this holiday. Christmas is the most commonly observed Christian festival of the year. It is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.
In America, December 25 is when we celebrate Christmas. The first Sunday after January 1 is when Christians are supposed to start making their yearly resolutions. These resolutions usually involve eating better or exercising more often.
Christmas has become a commercial holiday in America. Stores are busy advertising specials for the season. Holiday concerts and other events are held at churches, schools, and concert halls across the country.
The earliest evidence of Christmas celebrations in North America dates back to 1615. Christmas was made an official federal holiday in 1870. It is celebrated on December 25 by majority of the population but also includes December 26 and January 1 (the latter two being minor holidays).
Christmas is a religious observance for many people. However, it is also becoming popular as a cultural holiday in America. As such, some businesses may be open on Christmas Day while others may not. If you have a problem with this, then don't go to those businesses that are open on this day.
Christmas is a very special time of the year.