The earliest known reference to Christ's birthday was on December 25 in a Roman calendar compiled in AD354.
The word Christmas comes from the Old English Christes Maesse (Christ's Mass) which was first recorded in 1123.
The custom of sending Christmas cards was started in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole.
The earliest reference to a Christmas tree was in 1835 and the Christmas pudding in 1858.
The gift of Christmas is wrapped with love. It's personal: "I bring YOU." It's positive: "GOOD news of great joy." And it's universal: "for ALL the people." It doesn't matter who you are, what you've done, where you've been, or where you're headed — it's for you to celebrate.
St. Thomas' Anglican Church North Sydney invites you to celebrate Christmas at its Community Party and Carols on Sunday, 18 December 2016. From 4pm, there will be lots of free activities, food and drinks including fairy floss, pony rides, sno cones, laser tag, jumping castle, slide, dinner and more. Then, from 6pm-7pm, you're invited to join the family carols service in the church grounds.
Save the date and bring along your family and friends for this special event to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus.