December 25 is Christmas for most Christians in the West. Some Orthodox Churches, such as the Ukrainian or Greek Church, follow the Julian calendar and will celebrate Christmas on January 7.
For Christians, Christmas is a joyous religious celebration of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Christians recognize Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah, the Son of God, and accept him as their Saviour and Lord. Western Christianity celebrates Christmas on December 25 following the Gregorian calendar. Some followers of Eastern Christian churches follow the Julian calendar and celebrate Christmas in early January.
Christmas has a long tradition of gift giving which originates with the New Testament account of the Three Wise Men bearing gifts to the newborn baby. Many Christians acknowledge this aspect of Christmas on January 6th, known as Epiphany or the Day of the Three Kings.
Christmas has also become a secular holiday enjoyed by many non-Christians. Many celebrate Christmas by exchanging gifts, singing, visiting with family and friends, and attending services in Church.
We wish Christian students, staff and members of the community who will be celebrating Christmas, a Merry Christmas and a joyful time of sharing.