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What Is Christmas?

Christmas is a holiday that falls on December 25, the same day as the winter solstice, when the days start getting longer. As you might guess from its name containing the word "Christ," it is a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of the Biblical figure Jesus Christ. However, people both religious and not celebrate by having get-togethers, enjoying Christmas dinner, and giving each other gifts. Grab some deals and spread the joyful winter cheer!

History of Christmas

Christmas has been celebrated for centuries by people around the world to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is also a public holiday in many nations. Although it occurs on December 25 on the Gregorian calendar, Jesus' birthday is unknown, so the Roman Catholic Church fixed the date in the early fourth century. The spirit of the holiday is more important than knowing Jesus' exact birthday. It is the same date as the winter solstice when the sun's path is farthest south in the Northern hemisphere. The symbolism is also important, with the sun's activity as a type of birth corresponding to the three magi who followed a star leading them to the baby Jesus in order to bring gifts to him.

What People Enjoy About Christmas

One of the reasons why people enjoy Christmas is because it happens during the winter, and many people enjoy the cold season for bringing together people and enjoying comfort foods and drinks. Another reason is because of the unique emotions the holiday stirs in people, such as spreading good cheer and engaging in charity.

How Can You Celebrate Christmas?

There are several different ways to celebrate Christmas, including:

  • Meals with family: Eating out at a restaurant or ordering food for takeout or delivery are just a couple of ways to celebrate Christmas dinner without having to cook.

  • Charity: For engaging in charity, helping the poor and homeless by donating clothes, food and gifts or volunteering at a soup kitchen or a church are a few ways to give back to the community.

  • Budget-friendly ideas: If you're on a tight budget and are looking for ways to offer gifts to your loved ones, don't worry. Many people enjoy handmade gifts, such as art and crafts, or homemade sweets for stocking stuffers. For budget-friendly Christmas dinner, spiced baked ham, sausage-and-apple stuffed pork roast, herb-seasoned chicken, jiffy cornbread, sweet onion and potatoes au gratin, and beefy macaroni-and-cheese casserole are some dishes that are quick and simple to prepare without breaking the bank. If you don't have the money or space for a Christmas tree, miniature LED or USB trees are other possible options for showing the holiday spirit with a much smaller, yet no less festive, decoration.

  • DIY activities: When everyone is getting busy and it's difficult to plan ahead, you want to make do with what you have. All it takes for do-it-yourself activities is choosing something fun for friends and family. For the whole family, they might enjoy making Christmas trees out of popsicle sticks and gems, cookie cutting to make cookie ornaments, paper snowflakes or garlands out of popcorn and cranberries. Making desserts together is also fun.

What Deals Can You Expect for Christmas?

Before, during and after Christmas, retail chains and businesses across the country have special deals and offers to help with your Christmas shopping beforehand, at the last minute, or to prepare for next year's Christmas. Here's a list of some of the deals that have been offered during previous Christmas holidays.

Priceline

5% off Express Deal and select Pay Now Hotels. Valid on 3 star hotels and greater. Travel anytime. You need to be signed-in to redeem this coupon Max discount $50. Not combinable with any other offers or cash back. Use code COUPONFOLLOW21 expires 12/31/21

Edible Arrangements

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CanvasPrints

This is the best place to get all your personalized gifts for the holidays. Use our exclusive code NEXTGEN125 for $27 off any purchase of $125 or more!

Boll & Branch

If you're looking to cozy up your bed this winter, Boll & Branch has you covered! Soft, organic sheets and comfy cotton bedding that feels luxurious. Use code 20SOFTEST for 20% off orders $400 or more.

Tipsy Elves

Looking for ugly Christmas sweaters or cute holiday apparel? Tipsy Elves is the go-to for holiday fun! Use code CF20OFF for 20% off your order.

LootCrate

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Trip.com

If you need to book a hotel, Trip.com has your back, with 5% off all hotel bookings with code HOTELECL5.

ChowBus

$20 off orders of $40 or more with code COUPONFOLLOW.

Winc

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Appliances Connection

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Upwest

Use code UWCOUPON20 for 20% off all orders of $100 or more.

Petmate

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Drizly

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Milkbar

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CreativeLive

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Stuhrling

Save an additional 30% off all full priced items with code BFCM30CF21 from 11/26-12/25 only.

Rawlings

Save 10% on your purchase with our exclusive code CF10RSG!

Verishop

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GameTime

First time customers get $15 off of your first purchase of $150 or more with code COUPONFOLLOW15! Can only be redeemed once per customer. Cannot be combined with any other promo. Only redeemable through the Gametime app.

SimpleTire

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Quay Australia

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Morphe

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Vital Choice

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PrinterPix

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BloomsyBox

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Replacements

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YogaClub

Save $10 off your first subscription purchase with code FOLLOW10.

Previous Christmas Deals and Discounts

Amazon

Amazon is famous for having Christmas sales and offering discounts on various product categories. In the past, it has offered 12 Days of Deals, online bargains include heavy discounts in all product categories from December 6 until December 17. Each day has a unique gift theme; for example, Deals for the Kids.

Other Gift Delivery Services

If you prefer a more personal touch, you can check out local or national gift delivery services for items including roses and desserts.

Local Retail Stores

Christmas deals and clearance items abound in local retail stores. Local malls are a popular location for being able to shop several stores at once.

Local Multi-Department Stores

Some local multi-department stores have a main focus on groceries, while others are popular for several products. Regardless, your local multi-department store is likely to have Christmas sales and clearance items available.

Food Delivery Services

Food delivery services may also have special Christmas offers for holiday meals. GrubHub, DoorDash and UberEats are just a few examples.

How Can You Get Christmas Deals?

There are many ways to get Christmas deals depending on how you prefer to do your shopping:

  • Online newsletters: Signing up for newsletters is a great way to get immediate notifications of upcoming and current Christmas deals.

  • Visiting websites: Visiting the website of the store or business you're interested in will show you the sales and offers going on for Christmas.

  • Mail: If you prefer snail mail, flyers from your favorite chains or businesses will give details on Christmas sales and may include coupons.

  • In person: Visiting your local chains or businesses will directly show you the signs for sales, discounts and offers you can enjoy for Christmas.

Christmas FAQs

Is there a Christmas?

Yes. Americans celebrate Christmas every year.

Why is Christmas celebrated?

For people of Christian denominations, the holiday is meant to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Whether you're religious or not, though, many people in the United States celebrate Christmas to spread joy and give to those less fortunate.

Which day is Christmas celebrated on?

December 25.

about the author

Tiara Rea-Palmer
As an expert in online savings and an avid deal enthusiast, Tiara heads up retail relations at CouponFollow, where she stays up-to-date on all the best deals, discounts, and freebies, as well as negotiates exclusive coupons and offers for CouponFollow users. In her free time, you can find Tiara writing, DIY crafting on a budget, and traveling with free rewards card miles.