Christmas is the time when you get together with your family, friends, and loved ones. When it comes to Christmas, people think of making snowmen, baking treats and watching movies. People also make traditional dishes and celebrate with their culture’s customs.

While it may snow in some places and rain in others during winter, cold weather is a staple for the holiday. People also stay inside or wear warmer clothes. As such a beloved holiday, people often wonder: when exactly did Christmas start and why?

To start off, as the editors at state, Christmas officially became a holiday on June 28, 1870 in the United States. The president at the time, Ulysses S. Grant, made Christmas a national event in the United States.

This holiday was inspired by the Pagan and Roman traditions. This holiday was originally created to celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Many religious groups use this holiday for their culture or beliefs. For Christians, they celebrate by holding special services. Some religious groups do not celebrate, such as Jewish people. Instead Jewish people celebrate with their holiday called Hanukkah.

No matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or another holiday, the point is to spend time with your family. What do you do with your family during your holiday? Do you celebrate, and if you do, what do you celebrate?