Free Christmas Screensaver Downloads


FREE CHRISTMAS SCREENSAVERS

This page contains all of the free christmas screensavers available for download at screensavers-free.co.uk. All the screensavers featured here are original, unique and available only on this site. To download a free screensaver click on the appropriate download link below. There are currently 2 winter screensavers available for download - snowfall and snowfall merry xmas. Each uses randomly generated realistic snowflakes. Each one is unique, just like the real thing! These free xmas screensavers are animated using flash actionscript to create random, lifelike patterns of movement and behaviour.

SNOWFLAKES

SNOWFLAKES free screensaver downloadRealistic, dynamic snow flakes in action! Unique, individual flakes of brilliant white snow falling hither and thither from the dark winter sky, finally coming to settle on the ground.


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SNOWFLAKES MERRYXMAS

SNOWFLAKES MERRYXMAS free screensaver downloadRealistic, dynamic snowflakes in action! Unique, individual flakes of brilliant white snow fall from the dark winter sky. The snowflakes make their haphazard journey down to the world below, most of them eventually reaching the ground. But some will come to rest on the very strange monolithic " merry xmas !!" sign floating in the middle of the sky! Leave your computer to make a cup of tea, then come back later to the find the "merry xmas" sign covered in snow!!


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SNOW FALLING ON WINTER SCENES

SNOW FALLING ON WINTER SCENES free screensaver downloadA selection of pretty winter scenes featuring snow-laden trees, pretty Christmas cottages, winter wildlife, all brought to life with realistic animated snowfall and snowflakes.


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Information about Christmas

What is Christmas?

Christmas is a Christian holiday held on December 25 which celebrates the birth of Jesus. Eastern Orthodox Churches, which use the Julian Calendar to determine feast days, celebrate on January 7 by the Gregorian Calendar. Both dates are merely traditional and neither is thought to be the actual birthdate of Jesus.

The word Christmas is derived from Middle English Christemasse and from Old English Cristes mæsse.[1] It is a contraction meaning "Christ's mass". The name of the holiday is often shortened to Xmas because Roman letter "X" resembles the Greek letter Χ (chi), an abbreviation for Christ (Χριστός).

In Western culture, the holiday is characterized by the exchange of gifts among friends and family members, some of the gifts being attributed to Santa Claus (also known as Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Saint Basil and Father Frost). However, various local and regional Christmas traditions are still practiced, despite the widespread influence of American, British and Australian Christmas motifs disseminated by film, popular literature, television, and other media.

Why is Christmas on December 25th?

Although no one knows on which date Jesus was born, there were several reasons for early Christians to favor December 25th as the birth of Christ. The date is nine months after the Festival of Annunciation (March 25), and hence the Incarnation. It is also the date on which the Romans marked the winter solstice.

Around 220, the theologian Tertullian declared that Jesus died on March 25, AD 29. Although this is not a plausible date for the crucifixion, it does suggest that March 25 had significance for the church even before it was used as a basis to calculate Christmas. Modern scholars favor a crucifixion date of April 3, AD 33 (also the date of a partial lunar eclipse). (These are Julian calendar dates. Subtract two days for a Gregorian date.)

The idea that December 25 is Jesus' birthday was popularized by Sextus Julius Africanus in Chronographiai (AD 221), an early reference book for Christians. This identification did not at first inspire feasting or celebration. In 245, the theologian Origen denounced the idea of celebrating the birthday of Jesus "as if he were a king pharaoh." Only sinners, not saints, celebrate their birthdays, Origen contended.

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