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National Christmas Tree on the National Mall, Washington D.C.
Christmas is a widely recognized and celebrated holiday across the world. It is celebrated on December 25th and is commonly acknowledged as the birth of Christ among Christians. Many European and Latin American countries will also celebrate the 12 days following Christmas until January 6th, which is commonly known as Three Kings Day or Twelfth Night (or Epiphany within the Christian/Catholic religion). This is the day in which it is believed the three wise men came to visit Jesus. St. Nicholas Day is also a popular holiday celebrated in Europe, usually on December 6th. Many Christmas traditions also have ties to European Yuletide celebrations, which pre-dates the Christian religion. These traditions include the Christmas tree, the Yule Log, and kissing under the mistletoe. Christmas is now celebrated by both the religious and non-religious across the world.
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Mystery of the Magi
The legend of the Three Wise Men from the East who came bearing gifts has been a part of Christian lore from the beginning. This ABC News report investigates just who the Magi were.
Christmas and a Christmas Carol
This program traces the story of Christmas, from its origins in Nordic and Roman mid-winter celebrations, through the advance of Christianity, and up to the present day.
Three Kings Day
Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes) children often leave their shoes out to be filled with treasures. The family celebrates with Rosca de Reyes, crown-shaped sweet bread.
With the former Convent at the Desierto de los Leones as the backdrop, this program lets viewers take part in a traditional posada. The songs, the piñata, the litany, the lights, and the candlelit walks through the historic buildings and grounds bring this special Christmas fiesta to life. In Spanish.