Christmas is the annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. It is observed most commonly on December 24 and 25 by billions of people around the world.
December 25 may have become the date of celebration as it was the date the Romans marked as the winter solstice, the shortest, and therefore darkest day of the year. The Romans had a series of pagan festivals near the end of the year, so Christmas may have been scheduled at this time to appropriate, or compete with, one or more of these festivals. The celebratory customs are a mix of Christian and secular themes. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees. Here you can find an automatic compilation of DW content referring to Christmas.
This week we've got trees on the brain in light of devastating wildfires raging across Australia. We look at trees' role in fighting climate change and how we can help trees adapt to a changing climate. On a more seasonal note, we'll also look at how New Yorkers are getting rid of their Christmas trees.
If you celebrate Christmas, you know taking down the Christmas tree is one of the less pleasant traditions of the season. And what do you do with the tree to get rid of it? Do you put it on the curb for garbage pick-up? Use it for firewood? Well, New York City has found a creative and sustainable way to dispose of the trees its millions of residents discard each year.