In the 1800s, Christmas trees became popular and so did the tradition of exchanging gifts, which is associated with St.

Nicholas, and the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh which were given to the baby Jesus by the Magi. Nicholas" (more commonly known as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas), written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1822, led to the widespread adoption of gift giving.

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It is believed the date for Christmas was chosen in the 4th century by the Church due to the popularity of various ancient winter festivals around that time (less agricultural work needs to be done during the winter so people had more free time), in the hopes of replacing those festivals and encouraging the spread of Christianity through celebration.

The first Christmas celebrations were just a simple mass, but over time Christmas grew in popularity overtaking many of the other cultural holidays throughout the world.

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He was noted for his saintly attributes, such as the care of children, his generosity, and the giving of gifts.

His feast on December 6 came to be celebrated in many countries with the giving of gifts.Some of the city's residents sought out symbols of the city's non-English past.New York had originally been established as the Dutch colonial town of New Amsterdam, so the Dutch Sinterklaas gift giver became known as Saint Nicholas.Mary wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger (a feeding trough) because there was no room for them at the inn.The word "Christmas" originates from the term "Christ's Mass".He traditionally appeared in bishop's attire, accompanied by helpers, inquiring about the behavior of children during the past year before deciding whether they deserved a gift or not.