Nicholas (or Twas the Night Before Christmas), into the increasingly central role of Santa Claus as the source of Christmas gifts for the family.Navidad in Spanish, Natale in Italian, Noël in Frenchall probably denote nativity.

Read More on This Topic church year: Christmas, the word, christmas is derived from the Old English Cristes maesse, Christs mass.The corresponding terms in other languages.

Read More on This Topic Charles Dickens: The invention of the Christmas books A Christmas Carol, suddenly conceived and written in a few weeks in late 1843, was the first of these Christmas books (a new literary genre thus created incidentally).The precise origin of assigning December 25 as the birth date of Jesus is unclear.