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12 Апреля 2016

The word "Christmas" is derived from the words "Christ's Mass" - the
celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. But although Christmas is
undoubtedly a Christian celebration, it is also true to say that it is
an unusual combination of pagan and Christian festivities.

A Christmas tree stands in everybody's living room at
Christmas, shining its good cheer around the room. Sitting on the very
top of the tree is a silver star surrounded by tiny lights. All the
branches are hung with silver bells, tinsel and sparkling lights. Around
the base of the tree lie the gifts and toys wrapped up in bright
colourful paper.

The Christmas tree has spread its influence around the world.
In fact America adopted it before it found its way to England early in
Queen Victoria's reign. Now every Christmas British people are sent a
huge fir tree from Norway which stands in Trafalgar Square, in the
centre of London, shining down on all the people who gather on Christmas
Eve.

In pre-Christian times evergreens, trees that remain green
throughout the year. were worshiped in Northern Europe as symbols of
eternal life. Mistletoe, hung up as a Christmas decoration is a symbol
of love and reconciliation.

Holly, a well-known Christmas decoration today, has Christian
associations. In Norwegian, Swedish and Danish, holly is known as
"Christ's thorns", the legend being that Christ wore a crown of holly
thorns before his death. Some people have seen associations between the
word "holly" and "holy".

Giving presents goes back to Roman Saturnalia when good luck
gifts of fruit, pastry or gold were given to friends on New Year's Day.
In Britain the traditional day to give presents until relatively
recently was December 26th and not as it is today, Christmas Day.
December 26th is now known as Boxing Day, for it was then that the
priests of the Middle Ages opened alms boxes to give to the poor.

Not all Christian customs and traditions are of ancient
origin. Although various people have claimed to have designed the first
Christmas card. William Egley, an English artist, seems to have the best
claim. In 1842 he designed his own card and sent it to one hundred of
his friends. Today three billion are sent annually in the United States
alone.

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