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Christmas Day 2020

Christmas Day 2020

Christmas Day 2020  View below the dates for (among others) Christmas Day 2020 and Christmas Day 2021.
You can also see on which day the holiday falls and how many days it is until this holiday.

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Date
Holiday
Day
Week number
Days to go
Christmas Day 2020 Friday 52 98
Christmas Day 2021 Saturday 51 463
Christmas Day 2022 Sunday 52 828
Christmas Day 2023 Monday 52 1193
Christmas Day 2024 Wednesday 52 1559
Christmas Day 2025 Thursday 52 1924
Christmas Day 2026 Friday 52 2289
Christmas Day 2027 Saturday 51 2654
Christmas Day 2028 Monday 52 3020
Christmas Day 2029 Tuesday 52 3385
Christmas Day 2030 Wednesday 52 3750

Significance of Christmas Day 2020

Christmas Day 2020 (also known as Christmas) is a religious and cultural holiday, celebrating the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas Day 2020 is celebrated annually by Christians on December 25 in the United States and throughout the world.

History of Christmas Day

In the early years of Christianity, Easter was the main holiday; the birth of Jesus was not celebrated. In the fourth century, church officials decided to institute the birth of Jesus as a holiday. Many argue that, historically, evidence suggests that Christmas day was indeed celebrated back in 354 AD as a Christian liturgical feast of the birth of Jesus. Many popular customs associated with Christmas developed independently of the commemoration of Jesus’ birth, with certain elements having origins in pre-Christian festivals that were celebrated around the winter solstice by pagan populations who were later converted to Christianity.

Today, most Christians celebrate Christmas on the date of December 25 in the Gregorian calendar, which is also the calendar in near-universal use in the secular world. The date of Christmas may (as many believe) to have initially been chosen to correspond with the day exactly nine months after the day on which early Christians believed that Jesus Christ was conceived. In the United States Christmas was declared a federal holiday on June 26, 1870.

Traditions of Christmas Day

Although Christmas Day 2020 has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, it has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well. Popular modern traditions of Christmas Day 2020 include gift giving, completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath, Christmas music, an exchange of Christmas cards, church services, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly.

Activity

In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions. Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas Day 2020 involve heightened economic activity, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses.

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