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Christmas is an annual festival that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. It is preceded by the season of Advent and initiates the Christmas season, which historically lasts twelve days in the West, culminating in the Twelfth Night; in some traditions, the celebration covers an octave. Christmas is a day off from work in many countries of the world. It is celebrated religiously by most Christians as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas season. The traditional Christmas narrative in the New Testament says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem according to messianic prophecy. When Joseph and Mary arrived in the city, the inn did not take place, and therefore they were offered a stable where the infant Christ was soon born, and the angels preached this news to the shepherds, who then spread the information. The rituals associated with Christmas in different countries have a mixture of pre-Christian, Christian and secular themes and sources. Popular modern customs of this holiday include handing out gifts, replenishing the Advent calendar or an Advent wreath, Christmas music and caroling, rich lighting, creating and viewing Christmas nativity scenes, exchanging Christmas cards, church services, special meal, decorated Christmas trees, garlands, mistletoe and holly. In addition, the figure of Santa Claus is inextricably linked with these holidays, bringing gifts to children. As gift giving and many other aspects of Christmas are associated with increased economic activity, the holiday has become an important event and a key selling period for retailers and businesses.

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Snakes are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes. Like all squamates, snakes are ectothermic, amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales. Many species of snakes have skulls with several more joints than their lizard ancestors, enabling them to swallow prey much larger than their heads with their highly mobile jaws . To accommodate their narrow bodies, snakes ' paired organs (such as kidneys) appear one in front of the other instead of side by side, and most have only one functional lung. Some species retain a pelvic girdle with a pair of vestigial claws on either side of the cloaca. Lizards have evolved elongate bodies without limbs or with greatly reduced limbs about twenty five times independently via convergent evolution , leading to many lineages of legless lizards. Legless lizards resemble snakes , but several common groups of legless lizards have eyelids and external ears , which snakes lack, although this rule is not universal (see Amphisbaenia, Dibamidae, and Pygopodidae). Living snakes are found on every continent except Antarctica , and on most smaller land masses; exceptions include some large islands, such as Ireland , Iceland , Greenland , the Hawaiian archipelago , and the islands of New Zealand , and many small islands of the Atlantic and central Pacific oceans . Additionally, sea snakes are widespread throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans . More than 20 families are currently recognized, comprising about 520 genera and about 3,600 species.