Christmas. Christian. Canada. Originally, this was a religious day to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Churches and worshippers still display scenes of the baby Jesus, the shepherds and wise men who visited him, his mother Mary and father Joseph, and the star of Bethlehem. Many now consider this day only as a time
of gift giving to close friends, office parties. It is another turkey day of family feasting. For stores, the days prior to Christmas are the busiest time of the year and Christmas music is played. In the shopping malls, many children visit an actor playing Santa Claus to tell him what gift they want. On Christmas eve, Santa is believed by small children to bring gifts down a chimney into their homes. It is a time of giving to less fortunate families around the world. Stores, banks, schools, and offices are closed. My Jewish friends say they celebrate Christmas with dinner in a Chinese restaurant.