Christmas is a traditional western festival, originated in Christianity, in the Gregorian calendar every year on December 25th. Christmas is a religious festival, because it as the birth of Jesus to celebrate, so called "Christmas".
In the 19th century, the popularity of Christmas CARDS, the emergence of Santa Claus, so that Christmas began to gradually popular. After the custom of celebrating, Christmas became popular in northern Europe, then Christmas decorations combined with winter in the northern hemisphere appeared.
Santa Claus exists in history. He was bishop of Myra (now part of Turkey) in the 4th century A.D. Nicholas came from a wealthy family. His parents were very zealous Catholics. Unfortunately, his parents died young. When Nicholas grew up, he donated all his wealth to poor people. Then he became a monk, devoting himself to the church, and serving the society all his life. In his life, he has done a lot of charity work, he likes to help the poor secretly. Santa Claus is his later nickname.
After his death, Nicholas was honored as a saint who was an old man with a white beard and a red robe. Every Christmas he drives a sleigh pulled by deer from the north. He goes into the houses by the chimney. He puts Christmas presents in socks and hangs them on the children's beds or in front of the fire.
From the beginning of the 19th century to the middle of the development, the whole of Europe, America began to have Christmas. And derived the corresponding Christmas culture. Christmas spread to Asia in the middle of the 19th century, Japan, South Korea, China and other countries are affected by the Christmas culture.
After the China’s reform and opening up, the spread of Christmas in China is particularly prominent. To the beginning of the 21st century, Christmas organically combined with Chinese local customs, the development of increasingly mature. Although Christmas was introduced from the west, it is no less popular in China than in other countries. In China, there is a custom of giving apples to relatives and friends on Christmas Eve, and this custom was actually created by Chinese people. In Chinese, the pronunciation of “ping” of apple is same as that of peace, so there is a Christmas Eve apple custom. Even foreigners admire the Chinese imagination.
In addition to China, each region has its own unique custom of celebrating Christmas, and the diversified cultural orientation of Christmas makes the world more wonderful.