10 Facts About Christmas Day

1. English word "Christmas Day" is a shortened form of "Christ's Mass".

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2. Xmas is an abbreviation of Christmas Day found particularly in print, based on the initial letter chi in Greek Khristos (Χριστος) ("Christ"), although some style guides discourage its use.

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3. Christmas Day played a role in the Arian controversy of the fourth century.

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4. Prominence of Christmas Day increased gradually after Charlemagne was crowned Emperor on Christmas Day in 800.

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5. Restoration of King Charles II in 1660 ended the ban, and Christmas Day was again freely celebrated in England.

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6. Whereas in England, Wales and Ireland Christmas Day is a common law holiday, having been a customary holiday since time immemorial, it was not until 1871 that it was designated a bank holiday in Scotland.

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7. Christmas Day, is a Festival in the Lutheran Churches, a holy day of obligation in the Roman Catholic Church, and a Principal Feast of the Anglican Communion.

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8. Christmas Day is typically a peak selling season for retailers in many nations around the world.

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9. In most Western nations, Christmas Day is the least active day of the year for business and commerce; almost all retail, commercial and institutional businesses are closed, and almost all industries cease activity, whether laws require such or not.

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10. One economist's analysis calculates that, despite increased overall spending, Christmas Day is a deadweight loss under orthodox microeconomic theory, because of the effect of gift-giving.

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