25 December is made the official birthday of Jesus
The word Christmas is first used (previously it was called Yule). However Christmas is just one of many festivals and is not particularly important.
In Central Europe Christmas trees are decorated with candles, wax ornaments and gingerbread. In England people eat mince pies at Christmas. (Originally they actually were made with mince).
In Europe Christmas trees are decorated with tinsel
New Years Day is moved from 25 March to 1 January
Christmas trees are first recorded in England
The first Christmas card is designed by John Horsley
Christmas crackers are made for the first time by a confectioner named Tom Smith
Victoria and Albert are shown in a picture in the Illustrated London New with a Christmas tree. As a result Christmas trees become common in England
The ‘bang’ is added to Christmas crackers
Cartoonist Thomas Nast creates our modern image of Santa Claus
Christmas Day is made a bank holiday
Christmas tree lights are invented
Late 19th Century Christmas cake was originally eaten on 6 January but at this time people began to eat it at Christmas