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Christmas is indeed a ‘ubiquitous’ festival, as it is celebrated throughout the world. The festivity of Christmas is resplendent in an estimated 26 million Indian homes.// The joys of the season is palpable atleast a month before Christmas, where people are seen making the most of the special bargains and discounts of the season, to spruce up their wardrobe in time for the celebration. Plans are afoot in great enthusiasm as homes are decorated with glitter and sparkle, exotic delicacies are stirred up, and mellifluous Christmas carols pervade the air, in anticipation of the big day - celebration of the birth of the king of kings, Jesus Christ.

'Merry Christmas!’ fills the air and a unique camaraderie binds the revelers, as they pray for the good of mankind, spreading warmth and love which is the essence of the teachings of Lord Christ, who was born this day. There are numerous customs that have become associated with Christmas out of which the Star, Santa Claus and Christmas tree have become synonymous with the celebration. Let us take a peek into some of the interesting stories behind these traditions.

Christmas carols have their origins in Ancient Greece, where caroling was known as ‘choraulien’, implying 'to dance to a flute'. Every year during Christmas, these beautiful melodies lend their charm to the celebration.

Santa Claus or Father Christmas has been the darling of children from time immemorial. Santa Claus is alluring to children, the way he is - in a red suit, sporting a snow-white beard, with a big fat belly. In their little innocent world, children wait gleefully for Santa to arrive on his reindeer sleigh with a red nosed-reindeer, carrying a bagful of gifts for them.

The tradition of Santa Claus appears to be a leaf out of Saint Nicholas’s life. Saint Nicholas loved children and was a very noble and kind hearted saint whose heart went out for the poor. Legend has it, that on a particular Christmas night,
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