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Music

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Many people enjoy making custom compilation CDs of music for the Christmas holiday, which has more songs written for or about it than any other.

Christmas Remixes

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  • Super Mario's Sleigh Ride

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Christmas and the festive celebrations of the birth of Jesus Christ remains the foremost annual cultural festival in most parts of the western world, celebrated even by non-Christians, atheists and agnostics, even if it is not marked by such groups as a religious holiday in itself.

Within the UK television industry Christmas, from the very start of the service beginning in the 1930s, was marked as a special season in the same way that it had been and continues to be within the radio, publishing and retail industries. Special high-quality and budget-generous programmes were devised with an accent either on religion or on comedy and variety entertainment. Regular programming, especially dramas, would either take a short break over the Christmas period or the festive season would become an integral part of the storyline and Coronation Street has been no exception in this respect. The holiday has always featured within the storylines although the nature in which has been treated has changed along with viewer tastes and habits in the years since 1960.

Coronation Street 's debut on 9th December 1960 was too close to Christmas that year for the characters to be fully established within viewer's minds and for a meaningful story to be made from the season. Christmas Day fell on a Sunday that year and there was no need either to produce an episode to be shown on the day itself or its two adjacent days which would show the festivities of the residents. Preparations for the season and a visit from Linda and Ivan Cheveski were shown in the Tanner household and Ena Sharples, then recovering in hospital from a collapse, was serenaded by a group of choirboys with carols on a special visit to patients (the choirboys, Singers of the Boy's Choir, St. John's Church, Oldham, also featured in the next episode as carol singers in the street and in one unusual moment, broke the "fourth wall" and sang direct to camera). Apart from the decorations hanging on the sets little was made of the holiday. The following year, when Christmas Day fell on a Monday, circumstances also prevented the programme from showing something special as the Equity actor's strike was in full swing and the programme was reduced to a cast of just fourteen actors and no guest cast. The episode shown that day therefore concentrated on events within each of the resident's homes although it did also have the strange feature of the menfolk attending an (off-screen) women's charity football match while their wives stayed at home and began making their Christmas dinners.

For the next ten years or so the programme made an extra effort with its Christmas storylines and attempted to put on something special within the context of the plotlines. There were a succession of plays, pantomimes, concerts, singalongs and even a special This Is Your Life presentation in 1963 where the "victim" was Annie Walker, providing the excuse for the temporary return of characters Billy Walker and Joan Davies and a goodbye from former resident Esther Hayes whose appearances within the programme had become more sporadic since her disappearance during the Actor's strike. Whilst the accent was on comedy in these episodes they also occasionally provided the excuse to showcase the talents of the actors themselves and Patricia Phoenix's rousing rendition of the song "Hey Look Me Over" from the 1960 Broadway musical Wildcat during the 1964 pantomime Aladdin and Jack Howarth's recitation of the poem The Girl I kissed On the Stairs in the 1969 concert in the Rovers are good examples. As the 1960s wore on the show also indulged in some special programmes, these being the 1968 extra Christmas on Coronation Street in which Jack and Annie Walker reminisced on past Christmas's on the street with extended clips from previous yuletide editions and the entire cast contributed segments in 1969 and 1970 to an ITV variety anthology called All Star Comedy Carnival which featured short segments from contemporary situation comedies and in which Coronation Street made a strange bedfellow.

The one thing which remained constant throughout this period was the Viewing Figures; Coronation Street was the most consistently popular fixture in the ratings through most of the 1960s and easily beat everything that the BBC could throw at it throughout the decade with two exceptions – the fourth season of Steptoe and Son in 1965 and its Christmas programmes. With the exception of 1964 and 1969 the ratings for Coronation Street 's Christmas editions in its first decade were noticeably down on the surrounding episodes and as the 1970s began it was obvious to everyone in the industry that the prodigious effort that the BBC put into its Christmas output with programmes such as the now-legendary Morecambe and Wise shows decimated the opposition. 1972 saw the only episode of Coronation Street to be shown on the day itself in that decade and was one of only two episodes that year that failed to appear in the top twenty of the charts (the other being the August Bank Holiday edition). 1975, with an episode shown on Christmas Eve, proved to be a watershed in that it was the final episode of the programme to attempt a special episode with the residents repeating their endeavours of 1964 and 1968 in taking part in a pantomime for local children. Thereafter Christmas became more low-key within the narrative with none of the special events of previous years and in 1974 and 1978, in a move now considered unthinkable, no episode of the programme was shown on 25th December even though Christmas Day fell on a Wednesday and a Monday in those respective years. The one special event was also in 1975 when the programme produced another special episode of reminisces and clips from previous Christmas episodes, this time broadcast in the programme's regular slot and broadcast under its normal title although it is nowadays known as Annie and Betty's Coronation Street Memories.

This lower-key approach to Christmas continued until the mid-1980s when the landscape changed once more and again it was the BBC who led the way. The defection of Morecambe and Wise to ITV in 1978, followed a few years later by the death of Eric Morecambe and a gradual dearth in successful sitcoms and variety shows meant that the BBC had to look elsewhere for its Christmas "big-hitters". Only Fools and Horses soon established itself as the "nation's favourite" for its big Christmas treat but it was in 1986 that the soaps took centre-stage when EastEnders, launched only the year before, staggered everyone in the industry when it took prime place in the ratings with a audience (including its omnibus repeat) of over 30 million. The programme had proven enormously popular that year and its main viewer-grabbing storyline for the episode of Den Watts serving divorce papers on his wife puzzled some due to its non-festive and somewhat squalid nature but television executives got the message – the soaps could be Christmas ratings winners. ITV gained an opportunity to put this to the test the following year when Jean Alexander, beloved of the viewing public for her portrayal of Hilda Ogden, left the programme after twenty-three years and it was decided that her final appearance would be the Christmas Day edition. Well-publicised, the episode gained ratings of almost 27 million (again when combined with a special omnibus repeat shown on 27th December) and from thereon in soaps have become a staple of the Christmas Day viewing line-up. With the exception of 1993, irrespective of the day of the week on which Christmas Day falls, ITV has shown an episode of Coronation Street and since 1998 these have always been one-hour episodes, an experiment that was first attempted in 1995. Uniquely in 1991 two episodes were shown, the second one in the usual 7.30pm timeslot but the first one, shown at 2.50pm "surrounded" the tradtional 3.00pm broadcast of the Queen's speech with Alf Roberts being shown sitting down to watch the programme along with millions of others in the country. The incidents of births and weddings at Christmas is noticeably high in the programme compared to the national average with several characters (David Platt, twins William and Becky Mallett and Ben Watts) being born on Christmas Day and Rosie Webster on Christmas Eve and the weddings of Alf and Audrey Roberts and Ashley and Claire Peacock taking place on or near Christmas Day. The programme was so far avoided a habit of EastEnders of "killing off" characters in its Christmas episodes although some storylines such as the breakdown the marriage of Steve and Karen McDonald have had tragic overtones.

Coronation Street has proven to be a winner for ITV in the charts at Christmas over the past two decades and quite often has been the only noticeable entry for the network in the charts on the day against the BBC's showing of blockbuster films, EastEnders, comedy specials and the recent success of Doctor Who. ITV have occasionally pushed the success of Coronation Street during the yuletide season with special programmes such as 2005's Coronation Street Pantomime and some editions of the Judy Finnegan-introduced show Classic Coronation Street being shown in the holiday period. The announcement of the storylines for Christmas are eagerly awaited by the tabloid press and the resultant success of the programme within the viewing charts is invariably toasted by ITV executives.


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Dr Who

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Christmas was a traditional holiday celebrated by many Humans on Earth.

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Although he is an alien, the Doctor has developed a fondness and appreciation for the celebration of Christmas. Christmas celebrations existed in as far away a time and place at the planet Puxatornee in the year 3090. (BFA: Flip-Flop) Even the normally serious Sara Kingdom from the year 4000 celebrated the holiday with the Doctor's first incarnation. (DW: The Daleks' Master Plan)

The Doctor, jokingly or otherwise, claimed to have left Rose Tyler a red bicycle she wanted for Christmas many years before (from her perspective) they first met. (DW: The Doctor Dances)

Christmas commemorates the birth of ancient Earth religious leader Jesus Christ, although the actual date of his birth was not Dec. 25, the Christmas celebration having evolved over the millennia from the combination of several other celebrations. Jesus is said to have been born in a barn or shed due to an inn having no room for his family; the Doctor once claimed it was he who got the last room at the inn. (DW: Voyage of the Damned)

Christmas activities in England may include pantomimes. At a UNIT Christmas party, the Doctor, Jo Grant and others put on a production of Aladdin. (NA: Timewyrm: Revelation, No Future)

The figure of Father Christmas (also known as Santa Claus, Pierre Noel etc), a man who delivers presents to young children, became a key part of Christmas. He may (TVC: A Christmas Story) or may not actually exist.

Earth -- and, specifically the vicinity of London -- experienced a number of major events involving aliens at or around Christmas Day starting in the early 21st century. In 2006, Christmas coincided with the arrival of the Guinevere One space probe at Mars, but this celebration was disrupted by the subsequent Sycorax invasion; this event was later cited by the Doctor as the moment the people of Earth were irrevocably introduced to the idea of alien life (after years of isolated and covered-up incidents) (DW: The Christmas Invasion); this event also had personal significance to the Doctor as he experienced it immediately after regenerating into his tenth incarnation. In 2007, the arrival of the Webstar over London panicked the populace. (DW: The Runaway Bride). For Christmas 2008, the populace of London (except a few holdouts such as Queen Elizabeth II and Wilfred Mott) voluntarily evacuated the city in case of another alien invasion (no invasion occurred, but a spaceship replica of The Titanic nearly crashed into Buckingham Palace). (DW: Voyage of the Damned).

Other incidents at that took place at Christmas have included the Cybermen invasion of Christmas 1851 (DW: The Next Doctor) and an attempt by the Gelth to come through the Cardiff Rift on Christmas Eve 1869 (DW: The Unquiet Dead). Both of these events would be thwarted by the Doctor. Apparently some incident occurred in San Francisco at Christmas in the year 2000, but the details are not known. (DW: Doctor Who: The TV Movie)

In many Earth cultures, the "Christmas season" or "Holiday season" usually continues until the turning of the new year, which occurs six days later. Several events of note occurred on December 31, 1999, otherwise known as New Year's Eve, including the Doctor successfully thwarting an attempt by the Master to steal his remaining regenerations, soon after the Doctor had himself regenerated (DW: Doctor Who: The TV Movie); and the staff of Torchwood 3 being murdered, leaving Jack Harkness in charge (TW: Fragments). This latter event occurred as the Torchwood Hub still had Christmas decorations on display.

Alternate timeline

In the alternate timeline experienced by Donna Noble due to the manipulations of the Trickster's Brigade, the Doctor died during the incident with the Webstar at Christmas 2007, while the Titanic replica crashed into London at Christmas 2008, destroying the city and flooding most of southern England with radiation, sparking a chain of events leading to the country becoming a police state. This timeline was subsequently negated. (DW: Turn Left)

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Stories set during or associated with Christmas

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Virgin New Adventures

Short Story anthologies

Big Finish Short Trips

  • Short Trips: A Christmas Treasury
  • Short Trips: The History of Christmas
  • Short Trips: The Ghosts of Christmas
  • Short Trips: Christmas Around the World
Other short fiction

Audio

Big Finish Doctor Who Audio Dramas

Other

See also

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Memory-beta

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Christmas is a human holiday celebrated annually on December 25th. Christmas commemorated the birth of religious figure Jesus Christ, though it also incorporated the traditions of other winter solstice celebrations predating the rise of Christianity.

Curtis A. Wellborn, a former lover of Roberta Lincoln, was killed in action in the Vietnam War on Christmas Day, 1970. (TOS - Star Trek: Assignment: Earth comic: "My Name Is Legion")

The personnel of the USS Enterprise's science lab held a Christmas party in late 2266, which Captain Kirk attended. After the party, he spent the evening with Helen Noel. (TOS episode: "Dagger of the Mind")

In 2293, James T. Kirk sent Spock a Christmas card. The inscription only read, "Happy Winter Solstice". (TOS novel: The Fearful Summons)

Lieutenant Sam Redbay of the USS Voyager regularly celebrated Christmas. (VOY novel: The Final Fury)

During Captain Jean-Luc Picard's time in the Nexus, he experienced a traditional Christmas celebration with his (illusory) family. (TNG movie: Star Trek: Generations)

Hikaru Sulu observed Christmas as a child. (ST novel: Excelsior: Forged in Fire)

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DC Comics

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Christmas

Official Name
Christmas
Event Aliases
Xmas

Universe

Locations
North Pole, Various

Characters
Heroes
Santa Claus, Various


Collected
DC Universe Christmas (Collected)

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History

Christmas is a Holiday celebrated through the month of December culminating on December 25th. It is a gift-giving celebration, centered around Peace on Earth and Good Will towards men. And everybody pretends to like the Fruitcake.

One of the most recognizable icons of the Christmas tradition is that of Santa Claus - a mythical figure who gives gifts to children around the world on Christmas Eve. Although Santa usually restricts his activity to the holidays, he has on occasion, interacted with various super-heroes throughout the Multiverse on Christmas Eve.

Issues

Episodes

  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Invasion of the Secret Santas!
  • Batman TAS Episode: Christmas with the Joker
  • Justice League Episode: Comfort and Joy
  • New Batman Adventures Episode: Holiday Knights
  • Static Shock Episode: Frozen Out

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Paraphernalia

Items: None known.

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Runescape

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There was no Christmas event in 2003

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ST Expanded

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Christmas was an ancient Earth religious holiday in the Christian faith that celebrated the birth of Christ, the portended son of God. It also had roots in ancient pagan Earth religions as a celebration of the winter solstice. It was celebrated on December 25. Related celebrations often occured on the day before (Christmas Eve) and the day after (known as "Boxing Day" or "Saint Stephen's Day").

Traditional Christmas celebrations often included singing "Christmas carols," decorating Christmas trees, drinking egg nog, and giving gifts. Though by the 23rd century humanity had mostly "moved beyond archaic religions", many humans still celebrated Christmas, with varying degrees of secularism.

Starfleet crews often had shipboard Christmas parties. In 2266, one such Christmas party was held for personnel in the science labs of the Federation starship Enterprise. James T. Kirk made an appearance, and ended up spending a romantic evening with Helen Noel after they met, danced and he talked about the stars. (TOS: "Dagger of the Mind")

Christmas was a big affair on Titan, and the celebration there usually included a spectacular fireworks display, increasing in intensity over the traditional "twelve days of Christmas". In 2348, the fireworks were so loud on Christmas Eve that young Timothy Sinclair could hear them detonating above Enclave J-12 from his underground living area. Fearing an attack, he hid in the enclave's access tunnels where he was found by Dr. Robert Blaisdell. Blaisdell explained the fireworks, and read "the Christmas story" from the Bible to Sinclair, telling him "It's the reason for tomorrow." Blaisdell gave the boy the Bible he read from, which Sinclair treasured all his life as his first Christmas gift. (Star Trek: Pendragon: "Midnight Clear", "Father to the Man")

After his departure from the enclave, Christmas became a very important holiday to Sinclair, though it was several years until he experienced a traditional Christmas with Ben Bartholomew and his family, while attending Starfleet Academy in 2358. Sinclair often spent the holidays with the Bartholomews. After his marriage to Jean Brennan, the Bartholomews usually joined the Sinclairs at their ranch in Colorado. Eventually Christmas at the ranch became a grand affair involving many of the Sinclairs' friends and adopted family. (Star Trek: Pendragon: "Midnight Clear")

Aboard the USS Scandalon in 2364, Captain Steve Tecklenberg held a Western-themed "Christmas round-up" on the holodeck for his crew. It became an annual tradition. Captain Sinclair later continued the practice aboard the USS Pendragon in the 2380s. (Star Trek: Pendragon)

In 2367, the Sinclairs spent Christmas in Ireland with Fionnula O'Brien (Jean's foster mother) and her family. It was the elderly O'Brien's last Christmas before her death. (Star Trek: Pendragon: "Midnight Clear")

In an alternate universe in 2370, the Cardassian helmsman of the Enterprise-D, Hirhul Mendral, attended an December Advent service in the weeks leading up to Christmas with his friend Sam Lavelle. This service was rather sparsely attended by crew members given the religion's fall from popularity in the post-World War III era, but there were still enough believers who celebrated in the religious sense to justify the presence of a Christian chaplain, Sandik, to reside full-time on the ship and lead worship. Mendral found himself moved to tears by the hymn "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," which to him was deeply reminiscent of the situation faced by the Bajoran-occupied worlds of Cardassia, which he had fled when he was young. (Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Catacombs of Oralius--"Captives' Ransom")

While trapped in the Nexus in 2371, Captain Jean-Luc Picard experienced a Christmas, complete with a Christmas tree, presents and dinner, with his illusory children and wife, before being shaken from his reverie and resuming his mission to stop Tolian Soran from destroying the Veridian system. (Star Trek Generations)

Christmas was also celebrated aboard the USS Liberty during the 2370s. (Star Trek: Liberty: "Following Yonder Star", "Midnight Mass")

Ria McCarthy was born on the 25th of December, 2366. Christmas was celebrated on the USS Pioneer. Every year a holosuite party was organized which involved skiing and other winter sports. (Star Trek: Pioneer (PNR): "Festivities")

Romulans regarded gagh as "special occasion" food. During Christmas, Romulans used a birch as a Christmas tree, had all kinds of food from various worlds made, and ate so much gagh that they have eaten through a three-month supply for five people. (RIS Bouteina: "Merry Christmas")

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Tibia

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The Santa Event is an Event organized by CipSoft after the December update 2006. The goal will be to get more Presents from Santa Claus!

  1. When this event begins try to find Grynch Clan Goblins who Raid different towns and kill them.
  2. Take the stolen Present Bags with you to Ruprecht on Vega and trade them for Christmas Tokens.
  3. Trade the Christmas Tokens for the following items:


X-Mas 2006
This Event started on the 12th of December 2006 and ended on the 4th of January 2007, but it is still possible to trade Present Bags for Christmas Tokens, and Christmas Tokens for the items listed above.
X-Mas 2007
The event started on 22nd December 2007 and ended on the 3rd of January 2008.

X-Mas 2008
The event started on the 20th of December 2008.

X-Mas 2009

The event started on the 20th December 2009.


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Transformers

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Christmas is a holiday celebrated by humans on December 25th, commemorating the birth of someone called "Christ." It seems to revolve around the exchange of material goods, the slaughter and festooning of conifers, and the consumption of roasted avians. More importantly, it is the locus of a powerful "spirit" manifesting in charity, goodwill, and appreciation. Even hardened Decepticon warriors and vengeance-driven humans are subject to its influence.

Some Autobots have been known to don a red outfit with a bushy, white beard as part of the Christmas ritual. While not the most extreme example of quasi-fetishistic anthropomorphization among Transformers, this case is notable in its lack of explanation. Perhaps it is related to the similarly-opaque "Christ" figure at the center of the holiday.

Another human custom, Black Friday, is rumored to be the busiest day of shopping for the material goods needed for exchange on Christmas.

Christmas: Date -- December 25th. Annual festival celebrating Christ's birth. Features include family reunion, gift-giving...

—Starscream's "Internal Data File," Stargazing

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Fiction

Marvel Generation One comics

Note: The following events all occur in the UK continuity.
  • The magic of Christmas made Starscream realize that even if he doesn't care, helping people can make him feel... well, he still doesn't really care. Stargazing
  • Optimus Prime shared a little of his own Christmas magic, healing environmental damage with a chunk of the Matrix. The Greatest Gift Of All!

God bless us, every one.

Dreamwave Armada comics

  • The magic of Christmas made Iceberg be fascinated with it. More Than Meets the Eye: Armada

Transformers Animated cartoon

  • Powell was selling Familiar looking toys using Sumdac's technology. Sumdac considers it theft. Each toy has a mind of their own. One of them shocked the oil Sari Sumdac was making, causing the autobots to sleep. The next morning, they were human. Human Error, Part 1

Trivia

  • Some fans believe Christ to be one and the same as Jesus, but there is no canon evidence for this in the Transformers franchise.

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