Why is Christmas such a big deal?
are two reasons why Christmas is such a big deal:
- According to the 1994 "Britannica
Book of the Year," there are 1.8 billion Christians in a total world
population of 5.5 billion, making it the largest religion worldwide. In America,
241 million out of a total population of 281 million people are Christians --
that's 85 percent. Because Christians follow Jesus, the birth of Jesus is
important to them.
- In America, the weeks leading up to Christmas are the biggest shopping weeks
of the year. Many retailers make up to 70 percent of their annual revenue in the
month preceding Christmas. Therefore, retailers hype the event beyond belief.
The image of Santa is a familiar Christmas
According to Daniel Boorstin in his book "The
Americans," Christmas was largely a non-event in America until the 1860s.
1867 was the first year that Macy's department store in New York City remained
open until midnight on Christmas Eve. 1874 was the year of the first window
displays with a Christmas theme at Macy's. It has snowballed from there.
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