December twenty fifth, a pine tree, a feast that lasts for days,and the gifts. These things with the gathering of friends and family are more often than not when combined are associated with one thing. Christmas. Now let us go over a little bit of history shall we. while no one knows why the church decided that December twenty fifth would be the day that they celebrated Christmas there are several factors that may have influenced it. The day December twenty fifth is marked on the roman calendar as the winter solstice. The day is exactly nine months following annunciation. Certain pagan festivals were also celebrated at the end of the year and Christmas may have been placed here to meld with or compete against the other festivals. The celebratory customs are actually a mix of christian and non christian traditions. Today's mix however is not often questioned and people often just go with the flow and give gifts and have a “Christmas dinner”. The season itself is a corporate daydream as its a key period in the market year where when done correctly companies can make quite a large sum of money. With this being taken into account however the economic impact of the season has been steadily increasing as the years go by. As time goes on the holiday that is Christmas will continue to live on.