Unfortunately, it is not so. I mean, yes, the Christmas is near, but not for the whole world. The “Red Ribbon” campaign was inspired some years ago as a motto for global awareness against HIV, a very special and very resilient virus that is haunting the medical community since the early ’80s. Although the first incident of death from AIDS was recorded as the “the Congolese man” in 1959, the AIDS epidemic officially begun on the 5th of June 1981.
For a quick view of the epidemic's history, alleged origins and current status, as well as things you can do to help, take a look at the full article at the ReliefWeb blog and get involved in the red ribbon campaign.