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Christmas 5
By JB Malzac

  1. 0

    Nativity

    "Jesus Christ birth in Bethlehem. The word “Christmas” is a shortened form of “Christ’s mass”. It is derived from the Middle English Cristemasse, literally “Christian mass”."

  2. 354

    Official date for christmas

    "Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th December."

  3. 16th century

    Expansion to Europe

    "In Central Europe Christmas trees are decorated with candles, wax ornaments and gingerbread. In England people eat mince pies at Christmas. (Originally they actually were made with mince)."

  4. 1800

    Christmas trees in UK

    "Christmas trees are first recorded in England. The decorations are pretty basic at this stage, and there is no tinsel."

  5. 1843

    Charles Dickens wrote “a christmas carol”

    "Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol at a time when the British were exploring Christmas traditions from the past, such as carols, as well as new customs such as Christmas trees. This novella has been very influent on christmas traditions and its democratisation."

  6. 1843

    Christmas cards

    "The first Christmas card is designed by the Londoner John Horsley"

  7. 1847

    Christmas crackers

    "Christmas crackers are made for the first time by a confectioner named Tom Smith"

  8. 1871

    Christmas Day is made a bank holiday

    "The 25 of December became a public holiday in the United Kingdom."

  9. 1881

    Santa Clause as we think of him today

    "Thomas Nast’s most famous drawing, “Merry Old Santa Claus”, edition of Harper’s Weekly."

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