The historical development of Christmas is quite fascinating.According to the Bible, Jesus' birth was celebrated by many well-wishers including the Magi who came bearing gifts.

It was the "best of days," according to the poet Catullus.

The feast of Sol Invictus on December 25 was a sacred day in the religion of Mithraism, which was widespread in the Roman Empire.

Its god, Mithras, was a solar deity of Persian origin, identified with the Sun.

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While Christmas began as a religious holiday, it has appropriated many secular characteristics over time, including many variations of the Santa Claus myth, decoration and display of the Christmas tree, and other aspects of consumer culture.

Many distinct regional traditions of Christmas are still practiced around the world, despite the widespread influence of Anglo-American Christmas motifs disseminated in popular culture.

This is how Christmas came to be celebrated on the Roman holiday of Saturnalia, and it was from the pagan holiday that many of the customs of Christmas had their roots.

The celebrations of Saturnalia included the making and giving of small presents (saturnalia et sigillaricia).