Christmas is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ
celebrated generally on December 25 by billions of people around the world.
Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, Christmas music and carols, an exchange of Christmas cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. In addition, several closely related figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season.
A special Christmas family meal is traditionally an important part of the holiday's celebration, and the food that is served varies greatly from country to country. In England and countries influenced by its traditions, a standard Christmas meal includes turkey or goose, meat, gravy, potatoes, vegetables, sometimes bread and cider. Special desserts are also prepared, such as Christmas pudding, mince pies and fruit cake.