Christmas day

Date: 25 December 2016

Christmas Day celebrates the birth of Jesus, whom Christians believe to be the son of God. The words of St John's Gospel (Chapter 1:1-18) are read in many churches at this time; these speak of 'the Word made flesh', pointing to Christian belief in the Incarnation (God 'made flesh', or human). Gifts are given as reminders of the offerings brought to the infant Jesus, and Christmas carols, plays and evergreens are associated with this time, while nativity sets are displayed in many churches and in some homes.

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