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In the 1800s, Christmas trees became popular and so did the tradition of exchanging gifts, which is associated with St.Nicholas, and the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh which were given to the baby Jesus by the Magi. Nicholas" (more commonly known as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas), written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1822, led to the widespread adoption of gift giving.The name Santa Claus comes from the Dutch "Sinterklaas", which means Saint Nicholas.Nicholas was Bishop of Myra, in modern-day Turkey, during the 4th century.Mary wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger (a feeding trough) because there was no room for them at the inn.
By the 1700s and early 1800s, the observance of Christmas had dwindled.Some of the city's residents sought out symbols of the city's non-English past.New York had originally been established as the Dutch colonial town of New Amsterdam, so the Dutch Sinterklaas gift giver became known as Saint Nicholas.The History of Christmas: Christmas is a holiday commemorating of the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated on December 25th.According to the Bible, Jesus was born to Mary, assisted by her husband Joseph, in a stable surrounded by farm animals in the city of Bethlehem.
A major turning point occured in 1843, when Charles Dickens wrote the novel "A Christmas Carol".