It's not news to any of us that Christmas is now the most significant festival in most Western countries, particularly economically. The fact that it is a winter festival does in part contribute to its popularity. The festival has come to be characterized by exchanging gifts with friends, families and at times with those less privileged than us. As far as the children are concerned, the gifts are attributed to the jovial and generous Santa Claus , also known as Father Christmas in some countries.|
Christmas as a festival is considered a day to thank the Lord for sending his son to save the people. It celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ who died for his people. People are generous on this day and go out of their way to help each other. This has come to be known as the Christmas spirit, which instills endless joy and love for one and all in people’s hearts.
Most people send Christmas cards to their friends and family members. The most commonly printed messages on Christmas cards are ‘Season's greetings' or ‘Happy holidays'. This ensures that even those who do not celebrate Christmas can be diplomatically wished.
In many countries, particularly in the west, businesses, communities and schools have Christmas parties and Christmas celebration kick off weeks before the big day. In fact Christmas is no longer just 25th December but the entire Christmas season which starts immediately after Thanksgiving and goes on till the 6th of January. People get together to prepare nativities depicting the life and times of Christ while others go caroling around the neighborhood to spread some cheer.
Christmas, for many nations, is like the annual end of the year extravaganza. Most retails shops report increased sales and profits and new products are introduced each day as people scurry around to buy Christmas gifts. The day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday is when the holiday shopping kicks off full time. The economic impact is not only limited to Christmas but extends beyond that up to New Years when store use the time to sell any excess products that they may be holding on to. Christmas Screensavers
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