Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2012
From: Aadi, Rohan, Khushi, Janaki
and Ramesh Patel( Aakashdeep)
નાતાલના આ પાવન પર્વ પર પ્રેમ અને કરુણાનો ભગવાન ઈશુખ્રીસ્તનો સંદેશ, વિશ્વને સુખમય બનાવે એવી ભાવના સાથે , સૌ સ્નેહી અને મિત્રોને, મેરી ક્રીસ્ટમસ સાથે નવા વર્ષની વધામણી .
The word Christmas originated as a compound meaning “Christ’s Mass“. It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes mæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038. “Cristes” is from Greek Christos and “mæsse” is from Latin missa. In Greek, the letter Χ (chi), is the first letter of Christ, and it, or the similar Roman letter X, has been used as an abbreviation for Christ since the mid-16th century. Hence, Xmas is often used as an abbreviation for Christmas.
Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25–Christmas Day–has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870.
(Thanks to webjagat for this writeup)