Christian Christmas Decorations
Christian Scripture Ornaments, Nativy Scenes
Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ the son of God. Christian traditions include celebrating the Advent of the Coming of Christ up to Christmas morning, the display of a Nativity, the hanging of Christmas Ornaments, the sending of Christmas Cards, the use of Christmas Candles, setting out Christmas Decorations in your home and yard and much, much more.
At Christian Gifts Place you will find wonderful hand painted Christmas Ornaments from both the US and around the world. You will find the perfect Nativity Scene, Advent Wreath, Advent Calendar, Christmas Angel, Christmas Plate, Christmas Towels, Christmas Pillows, Ornaments and so much more!
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The story of Christmas is based on the biblical accounts given in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke. According to these accounts, Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary, assisted by her husband Joseph, in the city of Bethlehem. The infant Jesus was laid in a manger, and Shepherds from the fields surrounding Bethlehem were told of the birth by an angel, and were the first to see the child.
In most places around the world, Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25. It is preceded by Christmas Eve on December 24, and in some countries is followed by Boxing Day on December 26. The Armenian Apostolic Church observes Christmas on January 6, while certain old rite or old style Eastern Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas on January 7, the date on the Gregorian calendar which corresponds to 25 December on the Julian calendar.
The word "Christmas" is a contraction meaning "Christ's mass." It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes mæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038. Dutch has a similar word, Kerstmis often shortened to Kerst. The words for the holiday in Spanish (navidad), Portuguese (natal), Polish (Boze Narodzenie), French (noël), Italian (natale), and Catalan (nadal) refer more explicitly to the Nativity.
The Nativity refers to the birth of Jesus. Remembering or re-creating the Nativity is a central way that Christians celebrate Christmas. The Eastern Orthodox Church practices the Nativity Fast in anticipation of the birth of Jesus, while much of the Western Church celebrates Advent. In some Christian churches, children perform plays re-telling the events of the Nativity, or sing carols that reference the event. Some Christians also display a small re-creation of the Nativity, known as a Nativity scene, in their homes, using figurines to portray the key characters of the event. Live Nativity scenes are also performed, using actors and live animals to portray the event with more realism. Nativity scenes traditionally include the Three Wise Men, although their names and number are not referred to in the Biblical narrative, who are said to have followed a star, known as the Star of Bethlehem, found Jesus, and presented gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.