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He was noted for his saintly attributes, such as the care of children, his generosity, and the giving of gifts.

Dickens took Christmas away from the community/church based celebration and made it into a family-centered festival of generosity (family gatherings, seasonal food and drink, dancing, games, and a festive generosity of spirit).

Then, in what most historians agree was the most significant Christmas related development in the past 150 years, a website named was launched in 2004 to allow people to chat live with Santa Claus over the Internet.

Some people use the abbreviation "Xmas", which is an based on the initial letter chi (Χ) in the Greek word for Christ: Khrīstos (Χριστός).

The December 25th date is actually just an estimate of when Jesus was born, the Bible does not give an exact date.

Scotland also abolished the observance of Christmas, from 1640 until 1958 when it became a Scottish public holiday again.

By the 1700s and early 1800s, the observance of Christmas had dwindled.

In the 1800s, Christmas trees became popular and so did the tradition of exchanging gifts, which is associated with St.

Nicholas, and the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh which were given to the baby Jesus by the Magi. Nicholas" (more commonly known as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas), written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1822, led to the widespread adoption of gift giving.

Many modern Christmas customs were influenced by the winter festivals it replaced, with traditions such as gift giving, greenery, lights, charity, merrymaking, various foods, and Yule logs ("Yule" was the name of a Scandinavian winter festival).

The first commercial Christmas card was produced by Sir Henry Cole in London in 1843.

The name Santa Claus comes from the Dutch "Sinterklaas", which means Saint Nicholas.