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Christmas festivities to begin with Saint Nicholas Day celebration
The festival season of Christmas is going to begin with Saint Nicholas Day on December 6 with exchange of gifts and family re-unions.

Saint Nicholas is known to be a bringer of gifts and the observance is marked with different activities such as gift-giving, parades, feasts and festivals.

Christmas Day, December 25, is round the corner and festival decorations have started. The festival is celebrated in most countries since many secular aspects of Christmas, such as gift-giving, decorations, and Christmas trees have been adopted by Christians and the followers of other religions. The Christmas trees are being decorated with lights and ornaments in major cities of the world.

Not only houses, public places, shopping malls are being decorated but churches are displaying nativity scenes. The followers have started visiting churches and Christmas, along with Easter, is the period of highest annual church attendance.

In Catholic countries, people hold religious processions or parades in the days preceding Christmas many of which feature Santa Claus and other seasonal figures. In the West, family reunions and exchange of gifts have started. The practice of gift giving on December 6, Saint Nicholas Day, is common in most countries.

The exchanging of gifts is central to Christmas celebration. Markets selling gifts do a roaring business. The Christmas season has become the most profitable time of the year for retailers throughout the world. During the festive season, people exchange gifts based on the Christian tradition associated with Saint Nicholas.

The traditional colours of Christmas decorations are red, green, and gold. Red symbolizes sacrifice of Jesus, while green symbolizes eternal life and gold the colour as one of the three gifts of the Magi.

Along with a Christmas tree, the outside of houses are being decorated with lights, illuminated sleighs, snowmen, and other Christmas figures along with displaying of wreaths and candles in windows.

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