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Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25th. It is a statutory holiday throughout Canada.  If it falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the working day immediately preceding or following Christmas is considered a legal holiday.

Christmas is one of the main religious festivals celebrated in Canada. Christmas traditions include decorating houses and yards with lights, putting up Christmas trees, giving gifts, and sending greeting cards.

Christmas is a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. In the third century, efforts were made to find out the date of the Nativity, but only in the year 336 was the date of the December 25 festival set in commemoration of Jesus' birth. Pope Julius formally selected December 25 as the day of Christmas in 349 A.D. Roman Catholics, Lutherans, members of the Dutch Reformed and Anglican churches, and those of the German sects were most responsible for establishing Christmas traditions in Canada.

In Canada, Christmas traditions have come from many countries. The Christmas Tree is a German tradition, started as early as 700 A.D. In the 1800s the tradition of a Christmas tree was widespread in Germany, then moved to England and eventually into Canada. The Nativity and many old carols can be traced to France. Greeting cards can be traced to England, and the ancient Gaelic custom of putting lights in windows originated in Ireland. The traditional Santa Claus can be traced to the United States.

Santa Claus started with a real person, Saint Nicholas, a minor saint from the fourth century. Nicholas' reputation for generosity and kindness gave rise to legends of miracles he performed for the poor and unhappy. In the Middle Ages, devotion to Nicholas extended to all parts of Europe, but eventually faded in all the Protestant countries of Europe except Holland, where his legend persisted as Sinterklaas (a Dutch variant of the name Saint Nicholas). Dutch colonists took this tradition with them to New Amsterdam (now New York City) in the American colonies in the 17th century. Sinterklaas was adopted by the country's English-speaking majority under the name Santa Claus, and his legend of a kindly old man was united with old Nordic folktales of a magician who punished naughty children and rewarded good children with presents.


The Birth of Christ

Luke 2:1-20 - King James Version

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.  (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.







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Carol of the Bells (USAF Band of Mid-America - 1:23/1.3MB)


Carol of the Bells (USAF Band of the Rockies - 1:24/991KB)


Deck the Halls (Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve - 2:05/1.0MB)


Deck the Halls (USAF Band of the Rockies - 1:09/819KB)


Fum Fum Fum (USAF Band of the Rockies - 1:16/2.75MB)


God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (USAF Band of Mid-America - 3:31/3.3MB)


Joyful Joyful (USAF Band of Mid-America - 3:33/3.3MB)


Sounds of the Season (Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve - 5:53/9.5MB)


Silent Night (Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve - 4:24/7.1MB)


Silent Night (USAF Band of the Rockies - 2:42/1.9MB)


We Wish You a Merry Christmas - (United States Navy Band - 1:36/1.5MB)


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