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Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the liturgical year in Christianity, it follows the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast, and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many countries, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season surrounding it.
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  • Etymology 

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  • Nativity 

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  • Introduction 

  • Solstice date 

  • Calculation hypothesis 

  • History of religions hypothesis 

  • Relation to concurrent celebrations 

  • Post-classical history 

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  • 18th century 

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  • Observance and traditions 

  • Church attendance 

  • Decorations 

  • Nativity play 

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  • Traditional cuisine 

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  • Date according to Julian calendar 

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