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Merry Christmas! (for Canadian teams)

Christmas Day is a Christian holiday that marks the birth of Jesus Christ. But not everyone who celebrates Christmas is Christian; in recent decades, the holiday has taken on secular significance—with many people viewing Christmas as an opportunity to come together with friends, family, and loved ones and celebrate the holiday season.

The Christmas season is a festive one in Canada; in many areas, streets, homes, and storefronts are decked with elaborate Christmas decorations, displays, and lights—while many larger cities play host to Santa Claus parades throughout November and December to commemorate the upcoming holiday. (In fact, Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade is the longest running children’s parade in the world—with the event taking place for over 100 years.)

Many of Canada’s Christmas traditions, like decorating Christmas trees, exchanging gifts, and spending quality time with family and loved ones, mirror traditions in other countries, like the US. But other traditions feel more distinctly Canadian—like Mummering, a Newfoundland tradition where residents dress up in costume and go door-to-door, visiting their neighbors and challenging them to see if they can guess who is underneath the costume.

How to prepare

We are closed for Christmas Day. Make sure to turn on your out-of-office and enjoy the holiday!

How we’re celebrating Christmas

They don’t call Christmas the “most wonderful time of the year” for nothing. Christmas is a time to celebrate—and here’s how we plan to celebrate at [XYZ Organization]:

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