Christmas is the adored year holiday in the Christendom. It lasts for 4 weeks. Fairs, shows, music and family holidays are vivid national traditions.
When is Christmas 2017 celebrated? It is a state holiday in more than 145 countries of the world and is allowed annually at holy night of 24 to 25 December.
When was the first Christmas? The 25th of December, as a birthday «of Christ in Bethlehem of Judea», for the first time was mentioned by the Rome Chronograph of the 354 years. Most probably, Christmas was the holiday instituted into a pike or even as a reaction to the Birthday of the Invincible Sun set in the year 274 by Emperor Aurelian.
In accordance with a gospel legend, the ancient Eastern Sages established the tradition of Christmas gifts. Coming to Jerusalem by the sign of the advent starlight, they brought gifts to the baby Jesus. Thus, a tradition was born.
What is accepted to present as stocking-stuffers? As a rule, Christmas cards, candles, candlesticks, angels, or some other sweet souvenirs can be gifted for this holiday.
The tradition to gift postcards appeared only in the end of the XIXth century. In 1843, the Englishman Horsley draw the first Christmas card, one thousand copies of which were sold that year in London.
When to send Christmas cards? Certainly do this in advance, by mail, as well as by email. When to mail Christmas cards? Usually- a day before the holiday.
Do you know that before the appearance of a fire as a Christmas tree, there was «a branch of kisses» in the middle of the XIXth century in England? It had the shape of a decorated double ring. If a girl found herself under this branch, it was allowed to kiss her.
There is a funny tradition in Germany: after the family celebrated Christmas at home, the time of a circle of friends comes. Therefore, the Germans visit friends on the 26th of December. And here hosts, according to the tradition, show their Christmas tree and guests must praise it.
We necessarily decorate apartments and Christmas trees by holiday garlands. They give a breath-taking effect and at once create a holiday mood. And the idea to use electric garlands instead of candles belongs to the English telephonist Ralph Morris. Threads of electric bulbs were used already then in telephone switch boxes and Morris comprehended to hang them on a Christmas tree.
The tree of nearly 25 meters of height was set up in the Rockefeller center in New York. The “beauty” came from Gardiner. A couple – Albert and Nancy – gifted it. When is Christmas tree lighting in Rockefeller center? It will happen on the 2d of December. Since approximately the same moment, you will be able to hear White Christmas on tv or on the radio.
It’s time to get your Christmas “beauty”!
Vienna began such noisy and cheery fiestas. In 1294 for the first time, Vienna hosted the Christmas fair. Then large market cities took up this tradition.
Christmas fairs in Europe begin in November and go for 4 weeks. On the 24th of December they stop. The squares become empty. Only traces of a former feast stay on the streets and squares. Although actually not all the European cities adhere to this rule. In Germany, rather, in Berlin, sales this year will begin on the 25th of November.