Christmas (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning "Christ's Mass") is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ[6][7] and a widely observed cultural holiday, celebrated generally on December 25[3][4][5] by millions of people around the world.[2][8] A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide, which ends after the twelfth night.[9] Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world's nations,[10][11][12] is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians,[1][13][14] and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.

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ZME Science posts about Christmas

Tips to Stay Eco-Friendly and Chic for Christmas

Tue, Dec 17, 2013


Sadly, in recent years, Christmas has shifted away from its (already controversial roots) into a consumerism centered holiday. So what can you do, if you want to have a green, eco-friendly celebration, but still cherish the warm Christmas spirit? Here’s what you should do: Find the right tree The Christmas tree is at the heart […]

HOW TO: Green Your Christmas Tree

Thu, Dec 12, 2013


Christmas is just around the corner, and the good old Christmas tree is one of the most enjoyable traditions of the holiday season. Thankfully, more and more people are starting to realize that using a cut tree then throwing it in the street or in the dump is not the way to go! But that […]

Science Santa History: The Origins of Santa Claus

Fri, Dec 6, 2013

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Ah, now we’re getting somewhere! We’ve discussed the date of Christmas and how it is (or rather isn’t) connected to the birth of Jesus, and when we talked about the origins of some of the most popular traditions connected to Christmas. But Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa Claus, this bearded jolly dwarf usually represented […]

Science Santa History: The origins of Christmas Customs

Wed, Dec 4, 2013


This is a series of articles about Christmas we here at ZME Science will be doing all December. Our goal is to present interesting, little known facts about the origins and history of Christmas. Christmas – not the birth of Jesus, but a Roman celebration There is still a lot of debate around this issue […]

Science Santa History: The Pagan Origins of Christmas

Mon, Dec 2, 2013


This is a series of articles about Christmas we here at ZME Science will be doing all December. Our goal is to present interesting, little known facts about the origins and history of Christmas. Christmas, Christ and Christianity – when was Jesus born? For most people, Christmas is a holiday deeply rooted in Christianity – […]

3 Stocking Stuffers for Techies for the 2012 Holidays

Tue, Dec 25, 2012


We all get it perfectly – even if we want to give each and every one our loved ones and friends the gift of tech, it’s just downright unrealistic, especially in these trying economic times. You can’t possibly buy six units of the iPhone 5 in a huff – one for each family member – […]

Hot Gift Ideas for the 2012 Holidays

Mon, Dec 24, 2012


The holiday season has finally begun. As you read this, I’d probably be out in the mall finding presents for friends, family – and of course – myself. Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, flew by so fast – these three usually kicks off the holiday shopping season. I’d like to believe that I’ve officially […]

Why is Rudolph’s nose red? Scientists explain

Wed, Dec 19, 2012


Labelled as an outcast by the rest of Santa’s sleigh pulling reindeer, Rudolph the red-nose reindeer, though mocked off, is indispensable and without him Christmas might not make it to every house from all corners of the globe. With his very shiny nose, Rudolph guides Santa’s sleigh even through the harshest of weather, but exactly why […]

120 million crabs hit the streets

Sat, Jan 9, 2010


Every year, around this time of year, more than 100 million determined crabs take to the streets in a massive attempt to get to their spawning grounds as soon as possible; as a result, they literally flood the streets in Christmas island, covering the streets and forcing rangers to divert traffic and use some quite […]

Dreaming of a white Christmas

Fri, Dec 26, 2008


Oh boy time sure do flies! It seems just yesterday it was January… still, it’s the 2nd day of Christmas (here), and still no snow :( That’s why the ZME team will set onto other plains where you can make snowfights and watch the snow from the fireplace. Let’s see… Christmas hat – check Snow […]

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