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Christmas 2021, 2022 and 2023

Christmas Day is regarded by many people as the most important holiday of the year. It is a national public holiday in the United States as it is in most other countries. Christmas Day is observed on 25 December, and many also celebrate Christmas Eve on 24 December.

YearDateDayHolidayStates
202123 DecThuChristmas Holiday AR, KY, MI, NC, OK, TN
& VA
24 DecFriChristmas Holiday National
25 DecSatChristmas Day National
27 DecMonChristmas Holiday NC & SC
28 DecTueChristmas Holiday SC
202223 DecFriChristmas Holiday NC
24 DecSatChristmas Eve AR, MI, NC, SC & TX
25 DecSunChristmas Day National
26 DecMonChristmas Holiday AR, NC, OK, SC, TN &
TX
26 DecMonChristmas Holiday National except NC
27 DecTueChristmas Holiday NC
202324 DecSunChristmas Eve AR, MI, NC, SC & TX
25 DecMonChristmas Day National
26 DecTueChristmas Holiday AR, NC, OK, SC, TN &
TX
27 DecWedChristmas Holiday NC
202424 DecTueChristmas Eve AR, MI, NC, SC & TX
25 DecWedChristmas Day National
26 DecThuChristmas Holiday AR, NC, OK, SC, TN &
TX
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The date of Christmas seems to have roots in the ancient Roman mid-winter festival, which was a pagan holiday. People exchanged gifts and made merry much like many do for Christmas nowadays. Church tradition assigned 25 December as the date of Jesus’ birth, although the Bible does not give enough information to pinpoint the exact date.

For a long time, Protestants tended not to celebrate Christmas, seeing it as a Roman Catholic holiday. From the mid-1800s on, however, more and more people began celebrating Christmas in the US. Today, almost everyone celebrates it, even non-Christians. Christmas Day was made a federal holiday only in the year 1870.

There are many different traditions in the US, and everyone doesn’t celebrate Christmas in the same way. However, there are certain traditions largely held in common among Americans. Most will put up an evergreen tree or an imitation one to decorate as a Christmas tree. Shiny tinsel, electric lights, and decorative bulbs adorn the tree, and a star or an angel sits on the top of the tree.

Most people exchange Christmas presents with family and friends. They typically attend a Christmas party where they socialize and indulge themselves in delicious Christmas dishes and sweets. Many parents tell their young children that Santa Claus brought them presents late on Christmas Eve, sneaking down the chimney in a red suit and whisking away into the air on his sleigh pulled by eight flying reindeer. Children put up stockings for Santa to find and fill with candy and small gifts. And they may leave him some milk and cookies or even carrots for his reindeer to eat.

Shopping malls, public squares, and other locations often set up large Christmas trees, nativity scenes, and other displays. Many attend church on Christmas Day to hear a Christmas sermon. They may also go door to door singing Christmas songs, which is called caroling. And Christmastime is also the biggest time of year for charitable donations.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHolidayStates
202024 DecThuChristmas Eve AR, KS, KY, MI, NC, OK,
SC, TN & TX
25 DecFriChristmas Day National
26 DecSatChristmas Holiday TX
28 DecMonChristmas Holiday NC
28 DecMonChristmas Holiday SC
201924 DecTueChristmas Eve AR, MI, NC, SC & TX
25 DecWedChristmas Day National
26 DecThuChristmas Holiday AR, NC, OK, SC, TN &
TX
201824 DecMonChristmas Eve AR, KS, KY, MI, NC, SC,
TX & WI
25 DecTueChristmas Day National
26 DecWedChristmas Holiday NC, OK, SC, TN & TX
201722 DecFriChristmas Eve Holiday MI & SC
24 DecSunChristmas Eve AR, MI, SC, TX & WI
25 DecMonChristmas Day National
26 DecTueChristmas Holiday AR, KY, NC, OK, SC, TN
& TX
27 DecWedChristmas Holiday NC & TN