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Today, Christmas Day is celebrated every year on the 25th day of December, involving different traditions and celebrations. The Christmas Celebration includes christmas decorations around the house, setting up christmas trees, Singing Christmas Carols and Songs, making christmas dinners and enjoying with your kids making christmas crafts. On the event of Christmas kids and Adults exchange Christmas gifts and you can most certainly get what you wanted all year. Soon, homes will be decorated with colorful Christmas ornaments and decorations. Christmas trees will be put up and decorated with Christmas balls, angels, garlands, lights etc. Under it, different kinds of Christmas gifts and gift baskets will be arranged. It is indeed Christmas season. How Christmas became a popular celebration and how it finally was declared on the 25th of December is a nice story in itself. Centuries ago, the Christmas celebration used to be held on the 6th of January. The popular day of 25th December was not Christmas day before the Gregorian Calender was adopted.
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U niversity of W isconsin —Madison. The day is remembered by those who never heard of Twelfth Night or Epiphany. Twelfth night. Some fowkses, they say, calls hit Ole Christmas, but most fowkses calls hit Twelfth-night. January 6. Still observed here and there in spite of the changes which took place with the introduction of the Gregorian calendar. On the eve of Old Christmas, at midnight, the elder is said to blossom, cows to kneel in prayer, and the cock to crow all night. January 6, still remembered by older people as told to them by their parents. My mother always reminded us of the day and said that her mother always regarded it as the real Christmas. They have quite a festive affair.
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Used by permission of the publisher. For personal use and not for further distribution. Please submit permission requests for other use directly to the publisher. Old Christmas, or "Little Christmas," celebrated by some eighteenth- and nineteenth-century North Carolinians around 5 January each year, resulted from the adoption of the Gregorian calendar by the British Empire in Scattered parts of the American colonies refused to celebrate Christmas on the new date 25 December and eventually merged Old Christmas into the new Epiphany 6 January , creating a joint observance not seen in the West since the fourth century. A few communities in coastal North Carolina became a minority within a minority by maintaining the distinction. In time, 25 December became the focus of religious sentiment, and Old Christmas turned secular. In some communities, it was customary to bless fruit trees on Old Christmas or to go outdoors in the early morning hours to watch livestock kneel in remembrance of the Nativity, but dancing, feasting, exchanging gifts, and other common practices had no special Christian meaning. In Stumpy Point Dare County and elsewhere, girls and unmarried women sometimes set out a meal at a "dumb table" on the eve of Old Christmas, hoping to glimpse the apparitions of their future husbands hovering over the empty places. On Hatteras Island , loose bands went from house to house, often in disguise, soliciting food and drink and making raucous music.
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Before the calendar was reformed, England celebrated Christmas on January 6 th. In centuries past, Christmas was deemed to start at sunset on Dec 24 and so the 12th night following it was January 5.

Nowadays, people count from Dec 25 and so assume Twelfth Night falls on the 6th. In Newfoundland many children struggled to stay awake to witness the phenomena. Sadly they would fall asleep only to hear stories from their parents. This belief harkens back to the stable in Bethlehem, and to the animals that were present when the Christ Child was revealed to the wise men. In Newfoundland the tradition is that the Christmas tree should be taken down on Old Christmas Night , because it is bad luck to leave it up after that.

These traditions are cited in the Dictionary of Newfoundland English. The stories go that on the. The tradition of bonfires in Newfoundland is also supported. It goes back to the days when large families were the norm. Men never lifted a finger in the house to help, and were never expected to. But each year, after the Christmas holiday, tired women finally got a break — for one day, at least. On January 6th, men would take over of the housework, offering women a chance to go out to relax with each other.

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