Look at these pictures. You probably do not know what these have to do with my speech, but I am getting ready to tell you. Do you ever wonder how Christmas is in other countries or how we got our Christmas traditions? Well these are some pictures that show what I am about to talk about. Today I will be presenting on Christmas. I am well versed in this topic because I have done a lot of research on this topic and I have celebrated Christmas for my whole life. In this speech I will be talking about how Christmas started, how we got our Christmas decorations and traditions, and how Christmas is in other countries. It is important to know this because we celebrate it every year and I think it is very interesting. During the Roman Emperor there was a winter solstice that started in December and ended in January. The middle of winter has long been a time of celebration around the world. Centuries before the arrival of Jesus, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. Many people rejoiced during the winter solstice, when the worst of the winter was behind them and they could look forward to longer days and extended hours of sunlight. At that time of year, most cattle were slaughtered so they would not have to be fed during the winter. For many, it was the only time of year when they had a supply of fresh meat. In addition, most wine and beer made during the year was finally fermented and ready for drinking. In the early years of christianity the birth of Jesus was not celebrated. According to the staff members of history.com, “It is commonly believed that the church chose this date in an effort to adopt and absorb the traditions of the pagan Saturnalia festival”. The Bible does not day the date of his birth. In modern christians celebrations we have symbolically adopted December 25th to represent the day of Jesus’s birth. Now we have inherited many more traditions for Christmas. I am now going to tell you about the origins of Christmas customs. The Christmas tree became a custom because the Pagans have longed worshipped trees in the forest. They brought them into their homes to decorate them. Next, the origin of the mistletoe it was used as a sign of love and friendship in the Norse mythology. That’s where the custom of kissing under Mistletoe comes from. We have the custom of giving and receiving presents at Christmas, is to remind us of the presents given to Jesus by the wise men. The origin of Santa Claus came from St. Nicholas. There was a group of people who moved his bones from Turkey to a sanctuary in Bari, Italy. According to Lawrence Kelemen at simpletoremember.com, ” Members of this group gave each other gifts during a pageant they conducted annually on the anniversary of Nicholas’ death, December 6. Then, the Catholic Church adopted the Nicholas cult and told them that they should distribute gifts on December 25th instead of December 6th.Next, I am going to tell you about Christmas in other countries. A lot of countries now put up decorations, people exchange gifts, many people send Christmas cards, sing Christmas carols, and many more fun traditions. In Spain, they celebrate the Day of the Innocent Saints on December 28th. They’re day was filled with pranks, and at midnight on New Year’s they eat twelve grapes, symbolizing twelve lucky months to come. According to Addie Gottwald from theculturetrip.com, “In Iceland, with its 13 Santas, one coming each night for the 13 days leading up to Christmas. The 13 Santas are sometimes known as the Yule Lads, and they are believed to be the sons of a mean mother troll who lives in the mountains and will come after misbehaving children”. In Germany, it is not Santa Claus that brings the children presents, but it is the Christ child. In conclusion we learned that, Christmas is different all around the world, the origin of Christmas, and the origin of Christmas decorations. I presented on this topic because I think this topic is very interesting and is something you should know about. I also thought it was weird that I used all these Christmas decorations and traditions, but I didn’t even know why. I think you should care about this because you should know the reason for the season. Now next year when you see pictures like these you will know what they are and what they mean. Also next year when we celebrate Christmas you can tell people all about Christmas.