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Christmas as we know it wouldn't exist without Martin Luther. Five centuries ago, children received gifts on December 6th for St. Nicholas Day, a tradition that still continues in many European countries today. Luther wanted to emphasize the importance of Christ’s birth on December 25th, so he started a family celebration now known as Christmas. As a gift for his son, he wrote the Christmas carol Vom Himmel hoch (From Heaven above to earth I come…).