Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. Christmas festivities often combine the commemoration of Jesus' birth with various customs, many of which have been influenced by earlier winter festivals. Traditions include the display of Nativity scenes, Holly and Christmas trees, the exchange of gifts and cards, and the arrival of Father Christmas (Santa Claus) on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. Popular Christmas themes include the promotion of goodwill, compassion and peace.
In most places around the world, Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25. It is preceded by Christmas Eve on December 24, and in some countries is followed by Boxing Day on December 26. The Armenian Apostolic Church observes Christmas on January 6, while certain old rite or old style Eastern Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas on January 7, the date on the Gregorian calendar which corresponds to 25 December on the Julian Calendar. The date as a birthdate for Jesus is merely traditional, and is not widely considered to be his actual date of birth.
在世界上許多地方，聖誕節於12月25日慶祝，24日為 "聖誕夜"，並且在某些國家將緊接而來的26日訂為禮盒日。當亞美尼亞教會於1月6日慶祝聖誕節時，一些古老的教派或東正教教會則於1月7日慶祝，在羅馬曆上此日同於朱利安曆的12月25日。把這一天當成耶穌誕生日不過是個傳統 ，一般人並不這樣認為這天是實際耶穌誕生的日子。