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It is often combined with customs from Christian winter celebrations. Many people decorate their homes visit family or friends and exchange gifts. In the days or even weeks before Christmas Day many people decorate their homes and gardens with lights Christmas trees.
Christmas is a special church service, to celebrate the birth of Christ. The story of the Nativity, or the events surrounding the birth of Jesus, are particularly important in religious celebrations of Christmas. However, many traditions that are around today have their roots in pre-Christian winter festivals. These include the importance of candles and decorations made from evergreen bushes and tree .
About 1840, celebrating Christmas became more widespread. December 25 was declared a federal holiday in the United States in 1870. Since then Christmas Day has become a steadily more important holiday.