Christmas Day in the United States

When is Christmas Day?

Christmas Day is on December 25, 2020.
It falls on Friday.

How many days until Christmas Day?

There are 59 Days left until Christmas Day in the United States.

What is Christmas Day?

Christmas Day is a federal holiday in the United States. It is a celebration for the birth of Jesus Christ.

Christmas Origin

On the 25th day of December, many countries around the world celebrate one of the most recognized holidays of the year, Christmas Day. The old English word ‘Christmas’ came from the word Crïstes mæsse which means Christ’s Mass or in the other term, Mass of Christ. It is a celebration for Jesus Christ’s birth. Christ is the son of God who Christians believe as their savior for the sins they commit. This celebration started in Rome on the 25th day of December 336 AD, but it was not an official federal holiday in the United States until year 1870.

Christmas Traditions

While few businesses and stores remain open on Christmas Day, most offices and establishments are closed on this day. It is a common practice for people to decorate inside and outside of their homes during Christmas. It is also prevalent to see streets and shopping malls to be decorated with Christmas trees, garlands, lanterns, bright lights, reindeer, and other Christmas figures. One of the most established practice on this holiday include exchanging of gifts among family, friends and workmates. Children typically receive gifts from the mythical Father Christmas, Santa Claus. People usually give greetings like “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” during this festivity. Numerous religious institutions and communities organize an event in preparation for the holiday like Nativity display and performances.

On Christmas day, Christians usually go to church to attend mass. Christmas dinner which is held on Christmas Eve to Christmas day is a traditional practice by billions of people across the globe. Among the classic Christmas foods are stuffed turkey, gingerbread houses, Christmas pudding or fruitcake, roast beef, and many others.

Christmas traditions around the world can be diverse. Some countries declare it as a federal holiday (like the United States); while some countries recognize it but not officially declare it as a legal holiday. Over the course of history, Christmas day has become a huge cultural occasion that even countries whose population are mostly non-Christians recognize Christmas Day.

Dates of Observance for Christmas Day
Year Date Day Holiday
2020 December 25 Friday Christmas Day
2021 December 25 Saturday Christmas Day
2022 December 25 Sunday Christmas Day
2023 December 25 Monday Christmas Day
2024 December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day
2025 December 25 Thursday Christmas Day
Upcoming United States Holidays
Holiday Date
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