Ben 10 Toys_ The Omnitrix And Other Top Toys In Christmas 2008 by aihaozhe2


									It is Christmastime and do we really all know what it is about? Not only that but what
about what is fast appearing to be the most important aspect of Christmas and that is
the favourite toys for kids at Christmas and more importantly the Ben 10 Toys.

OK, Christmas first and then an explanation about the Ben 10 toys later.

The public holiday that we know nowadays as Christmas day, Christmastide or as has
been mentioned before just plain old Christmas, celebrated on the 25th of December
every year honours and marks the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

Contrary to popular belief, the actual date of Christmas in relation to Christs birth
actually may be slightly different in that some 1500 years later the known world
changed it calendar system from the Julian system to the Gregorian Calendar named
after the then Pope of the day, Pope Gregory XVIII.

It could be argued that actually nowadays the holiday is more of a celebration of the
god Mammon rather than a celebration of the birth of Christ as the holiday probably
has more to do with commercialism and the giving of gifts than anything else.
Modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, church celebrations, and the
display of various decorationsincluding the Christmas tree, lights, mistletoe, nativity
scenes and holly.

Christmas is celebrated throughout the Christian population, but is also celebrated by
many non-Christians as a secular, cultural festival. The holiday is widely celebrated
around the world, including in the United States, where it is celebrated by 96% of the

As has been mentioned the number of those worldwide celebrating Christmas has
grown almost exponentially to appoint where for example, in the USA, it is reckoned
that Christmas is celebrated by over 96% of the population. Because gift-giving and
several other aspects of the holiday involve heightened economic activity among both
Christians and non-Christians, Christmas has become a major event for many

To sum up, Christmas is now big business whether we like it or not and it is one of the
facts of modern day life that we are going to have to get used to. So history and
tradition aside, where exactly does the tradition of giving presents to one and all
originate from?

Originating from Western culture, where the holiday is characterized by the exchange
of gifts among friends and family members, some of the gifts are attributed to a
character called Santa Claus (also known as Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas or St.
Nikolaus, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Pre Nol, Joulupukki, Babbo Natale,
Weihnachtsmann, Saint Basil and Father Frost). The popular image of Santa Claus
was created by the German-American cartoonist Thomas Nast, who drew a new
image annually, beginning in 1863. It took until the 1880s for the images created by
Naast to evolve into the image we all now recognise.

Running alongside the largely Western European tradition of Father Christmas is the
Latin American tradition whereby it is supposed that while Santa makes the toys, he
then gives these toys to the baby Jesus who in turn actually delivers the gifts to the
childrens homes.

This story is meant to be a reconciliation between traditional religious beliefs and
modern day globalization, most notably the iconography of Santa Claus imported
from the United States.

So to arguably this years must have toys, the Ben 10 Toys. These are action figures
and more form the wildly popular Ben 10 TV Series. With the Omnitrix, Alien
Creation Chamber and many action figures from which to chose from, the Ben 10
toys are incredibly popular amongst young boys.

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