and A'Phabet Day (No “L” Day!)
Christmas is a religious holiday AND a secular holiday. Many Christians around the world celebrate it, but some Christians do not believe it is proper to celebrate Christmas, and many non-Christians also celebrate Christmas. It is often thought of as a celebration of the spirit of giving.
Did you know...?
Here are some people who celebrated their birthdays on Christmas Day:
- Isaac Newton, scientist and inventor of calculus (born in 1642)
- Clara Barton, nurse and organizer of the American Red Cross (born in 1821)
- Cab Calloway, bandleader (born in 1907)
- Rod Serling, TV writer who created The Twilight Zone (born in 1924)
Isaac Newton is one of the greatest and most influential scientists who ever lived. He used mathematics to describe the law of universal gravitation and the three laws of motion, built the first practical reflecting telescope, developed a theory of color after studying the visible spectrum—and much more! Because of his great contributions to science—and the fact that he was born on December 25—some people celebrate today as “Newtonmas” and greet each other with the words “Reason's Greetings.” (Note: Isaac Newton was a Christian, although he had some unusual beliefs.)