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Season’s Greetings!

The holidays are in full swing here at the Almanac. We hope that you are enjoying this festive time as well!

December 25—Christmas Day

Christmas Day is a Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Although the actual date of Christ’s birth is unknown, it has been celebrated on December 25 since the 4th century. Today’s rich mosaic of Christmas customs dates back through the ages.
Read more about Christmas Day.

December 26—Boxing Day
This holiday derives from the Old English custom of giving Christmas “boxes” of gifts to tradesmen. Where celebrated (such as in Canada), Boxing Day is welcomed as a quiet day of recuperation from the season’s festivities.
Read more about Boxing Day.

December 26—Start of Kwanzaa
From December 26 through January 1, Kwanzaa is observed worldwide by those of African descent. Each day centers on one of seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

Quick Clicks

• See 5 Christmas questions & answers.
• Enjoy
holiday punch tips—and recipes!
• Learn
how to cook the perfect roast.


We’ve added to our Holiday Recipe page! Here’s a sampling:
Roasted Chestnut Soup With Wild Mushrooms
Best-Ever Beef Roast
Yorkshire Pudding
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
See the complete Holiday Recipes page.

Holiday E-cards

Select a free e-card from our photo gallery.

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat,
Please to put a penny in the old man’s hat;
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do,
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, God bless you!

–beggar’s rhyme

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