Christmas is a holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. However, for those who are non-religious, it marks a time to spend with family members.
Upcoming Dates & Where They Are Celebrated
Christmas is always celebrated on the 25 day of December. It is the day after Christmas Eve and the day before Boxing Day. Employees often offer Boxing Day off, making Christmas a three day weekend, even in the middle of the week. Here are the upcoming Christmas dates:
- Monday, December 25, 2017
- Tuesday, December 25, 2018
- Wednesday, December 25, 2019
- Friday, December 25, 2020
- Saturday, December 25, 2021
- Sunday, December 25, 2022
- Monday, December 25, 2023
- Wednesday, December 25, 2024
- Thursday, December 25, 2025
Where Is Christmas Considered A Holiday?
Although Christmas is a religious holiday, it is considered a holiday in every state. Everything is closed on Christmas, with little to no exceptions. Some family owned businesses remain open for a short period of time, but everything else closes. Many people prefer to spend Christmas with their families.
Festivities & Events During Christmas
Christmas is celebrated in a multitude of ways. For those who are religious, this could include church sermons and volunteering at local community centers. Many non-religious individuals feel the warmth of the season and also choose to volunteer. Around the home, it's traditional to put up a Christmas tree and decorate the house. This is done, usually as a family. It represents a unity between family members, or at least it's supposed to. Many recognize that Christmas is largely a commercial holiday, and less about the actual traditions. People spend a good deal of money on decorations, presents and the meal that is served on Christmas Day.
A Brief History Of Christmas
Interestingly enough, Christmas is a combination between the religious birth of Jesus Christ, and a winter festival held by the Pagans. The tradition of putting up a Christmas tree is inspired by the Pagan festivals. The tradition of offering gifts is inspired by the Wise Men who offered Jesus Christ gifts upon his birth. The tradition of the meal and spending time with the family is also a part of the Pagan festivals, giving thanks for the harvests of the year.