The Christmas season, also called the holiday season (often simply called the holidays), or the festive season, is an annually recurring period recognized in many Western and other countries that is generally considered to run from late November to early January. It is defined as incorporating at least Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and sometimes various other holidays and festivals. It also is associated with a period of shopping which comprises a peak season for the retail sector (the "Christmas (or holiday) shopping season") and a period of sales at the end of the season (the "January sales"). Christmas window displays and Christmas tree lighting ceremonies when trees decorated with ornaments and light bulbs are illuminated are traditions in many areas.
In Western Christianity, the Christmas season is synonymous with Christmastide, which runs from December 25 (Christmas Day) to January 5 (Twelfth Night or Epiphany Eve), popularly known as the 12 Days of Christmas, or in the Catholic Church, until the Baptism of the Lord, a Christmas season which can last for more or fewer than twelve days. As the economic impact involving the anticipatory lead-up to Christmas Day grew in America and Europe into the 19th and 20th centuries, the term "Christmas season" began to become synonymous instead with the liturgical Christian Advent season, the period observed in Western Christianity from the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day until Christmas Eve. The term "Advent calendar" continues to be widely known in Western parlance as a term referring to a countdown to Christmas Day from the beginning of December, although in retail the countdown to Christmas usually begins at the end of the summer season, and beginning of September.
Beginning in the mid-20th century, as the Christian-associated Christmas holiday and liturgical season, in some circles, became increasingly commercialized and central to American economics and culture while religio-multicultural sensitivity rose, generic references to the season that omitted the word "Christmas" became more common in the corporate and public sphere of the United States, which has caused a semantics controversy that continues to the present. By the late 20th century, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah and the new African American cultural holiday of Kwanzaa began to be considered in the U.S. as being part of the "holiday season", a term that as of 2013 had become equally or more prevalent than "Christmas season" in U.S. sources to refer to the end-of-the-year festive period. "Holiday season" has also spread in varying degrees to Canada; however, in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the phrase "holiday season" is not widely synonymous with the Christmas–New Year period, and is often instead associated with summer holidays.

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  1. dinky450

    Merry Christmas!

    It has been a crazy year and hopefully everyone gets some much need time away from what's been going on. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
  2. Howard1955

    Merry Christmas, Friends

    Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
  3. Cerberus Group

    Merry Christmas

    May abundant blessings find you and your family this Christmas season, and for the new year.
  4. Joe Link

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

  5. ATCclears

    Holiday Ride (Merry Christmas)

  6. BrentN

    More Merry Christmas!

  7. 21tango

    Merry Christmas

    Northwest firearms is a great community. Love reading the different threads and meeting like minded people. Merry Christmas!!!
  8. orygun

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

  9. No1camaro

    Merry Christmas!!

    Hope everyone found a box or two of ammo under the tree....
  10. RicInOR

    Merry Christmas (to our Orthodox friends and Julian calendar users) Jan 7

    Merry Christmas
  11. Reno

    Merry Christmas, what did you get?

    Merry Christmas everyone! Anything good come your way? This year was all about the kid for us. The grandparents spoiled him, as did just about everyone else. The grandparents got him an electric VW Bus! He hasn’t figured out how to steer, or keep the gas peddle down, but it was a very...
  12. No1camaro

    Merry Christmas NorthWest Firearms!

    Merry Christmas NorthWest Firearms and a Happy New Year!
  13. S

    Merry Christmas to All...

    "Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual." ~ Thomas Jefferson...
  14. Capn Jack

    Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas everyone !
  15. Pops1911

    Merry Christmas from our house to NWFA

    Season's Greetings to All!
  16. fredball

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year NWFA

  17. etrain16

    Merry Christmas... filthy animals...
  18. 2A-Jay

    Merry Christmas

    I just want to wish everyone here a Very Merry Christmas.
  19. fredball

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to All on NWFA

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