Please share the smiles! The Christmas Guy brings you a spirited Christmas slideshow video featuring 150 years of Yuletide imagery from around the planet! (1859-2009) May all of you have a Merry Christmas! Peace on Earth good will toward all people :) Pray for those we love far from home. God bless us...Every One!. P.S. Please post your holiday videos and pictures right here on WatchEvansville.com! All Windows based pcs come with Windows MovieMaker...Macs have a couple of other easy to advanced programs. Try it...its easy. Enjoy the holidays :) and tell your friends about this site! Thank you. Featuring the song 'Cool Yule' by Louis Armstrong and writen by Steve Allen, 1953. Collected and cut by Timothy Paul Taylor (The Christmas Guy) 12/24/09 TRT 2:57 Christmas is marked on the 25th of December (7th of January for Orthodox Christians). Christmas is a Christian holy day that marks the birth of Jesus, the son of God. The Gospels do not mention the date of Jesus' birth. It was not until the 4th century AD that Pope Julius I set 25th December as the date for Christmas. This was an attempt to Christianise the Pagan celebrations that already took place at this time of year. By 529, 25th December had become a civil holiday and by 567 the twelve days from 25th December to the Epiphany were public holidays. Christmas is not only a Christian festival. The celebration has roots in the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, the festivals of the ancient Greeks, the beliefs of the Druids and the folk customs of Europe. Christmas comes just after the middle of winter. The sun is strengthening and the days are beginning to grow longer. For people throughout history this has been a time of feasting and celebration. Christmas has always been a strange combination of Christian, Pagan and folk traditions. As far back as 389 AD, St Gregory Nazianzen (one of the Four Fathers of the Greek Church) warned against 'feasting in excess, dancing and crowning the doors'. The Church was already finding it hard to bury the Pagan remnants of the midwinter festival. An important part of today's Christmas is the myth of Father Christmas (aka Santa Claus aka Pere Noel among others). His origins are in Christian and European tradition. But the visual image of Father Christmas that we have today is the one popularised by American card-makers in the Victorian era. Traditionally, Father Christmas visits houses at midnight on Christmas Eve, coming down the chimney to leave presents. Children hang up stockings - nowadays usually large socks with Christmas patterns knitted into them - for Father Christmas to fill with little toys and presents ('stocking fillers'). With carol concerts, Christmas trees, office parties, midnight mass, and television programmes, today's festival has elements of the Pagan, Christian and folk traditions. Christmas remains a time to forget about the long dark days and celebrate with friends and family. Christmas. Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved December 24th, 2009, from Encyclopedia Britannica Online.