Christmas is celebrated on December 25 and is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and __________ phenomenon.
Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of ________, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion.
Many peoples rejoiced during the ______ _______, when the worst of the winter was behind them and they could look forward to longer days and extended hours of sunlight.
In ___________, the Norse celebrated Yule from December 21, the winter solstice, through January.
Germans were terrified of ____, as they believed he made nocturnal flights through the sky to observe his people, and then decide who would prosper or perish.
In Rome, where winters were not as harsh as those in the far north, _______, a holiday in honor of Saturn, the god of agriculture—was celebrated.
A Roman feast celebrating children.
For some Romans, this god's birthday was the most celebrated day of the year.
In the early years of Christianity, ______ was the main holiday.
By the Middle Ages, Christianity had, for the most part, replaced ______ religion.
When ______ _______ and his Puritan forces took over England in 1645, they vowed to rid England of decadence and, as part of their effort, cancelled Christmas.
Christmas wasn’t declared a _______ holiday until June 26, 1870.
Clement Clarke Moore wrote a Christmas poem called “An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas,” more popularly known today by its first line: “____ ___ _____ ______ Christmas.”
The first ______ made in the United States was consumed in Captain John Smith’s 1607 Jamestown settlement.
This reindeer was created to advertise for the Montgomery Ward stores in 1939.