Christmas

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Christmas is an annual festival observed in December. The traditional Christmas narrative reaches deep into humanity's history, combining the date of the Roman Winter Solstice with the later birth of the deity worshipped by practitioners of Abrahamic religions.

The holiday fell out of favor or was banned outright several times throughout history, first in the fourth century when it played a part in the Arian Controversy, regaining prominence only after Charlemagne was crowned Emperor on Christmas day in the year 800. The second ban occurred during the Puritan Reformation, as the holiday was by then associated with drunkenness and other misbehavior. It was restored in 1660, but remained widely disreputable. In the early 19th century, Christmas was reconceived by Washington Irving, Charles Dickens, and other authors as a holiday emphasizing family, children, kind-heartedness, gift-giving, and Santa Claus.

By the 21st century it had been repurposed by corporate retailers and greeting card companies for accelerated consumerism and mass spending. The holiday was banned for the final time during the ISBN Collapse, a banking crash that destroyed a not-insignificant swathe of the global economy. After the ban was lifted, the Terran Initiative and its newly-formed global government reinstated Christmas once again.

Today, the celebration of Christmas takes place in late December and lasts nearly two weeks, involving the exchange of gifts and meals shared among family or friends. The pagan tree bedecked in ornamentations has survived the various translations of the holiday, as have representations of Santa Claus in decor and carols. It is considered bad taste for a corporation or employer to require their employees to work more than half the days during the Christmas Festival.