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History of Christmas; The Birth Of Jesus Christ, December 25th

The history of Christmas, Christianity symbol of Christ birth is celebrated annually worldwide every December 25th. So many don’t know the true history and the nature of the birth of Jesus Christ and thus the true meaning and history of Christmas. Here in our award winning site and as always I have decided to bring to you the true history of Christmas.

 


In the early years of Christianity, Easter was the most popular holiday; the birth of Jesus Christ wasn’t celebrated. Within the 4TH century, church officers determined to institute the birth of Jesus Christ as a vacation. Sadly, the Bible doesn’t mention the date for his birth (a reality Puritans later pointed out, so as to deny the legitimacy of the celebration). though some suggests that his birth could have occurred within the spring (why would shepherds be out guiding their sheep’s in the middle of winter?), it was Pope Julius I who choose Dec 25 as the birth date of Jesus Christ.. it is a commonly believed that the church chose this date in a campaign to adopt and absorb the traditions of the pagan Saturnalia festival, commonly referred to as the Feast of the Nativity.

An Outlaw Christmas

Do you know that Christmas day celebrations was almost outlawed in some parts of the world, In the early 17th century, a wave of non secular reform modified the manner Christmas was celebrated in Europe. By popular demand, Charles II was reinstated to the throne and, with him, came the popular vacation of Christmas. As a result, Christmas wasn’t a vacation in early America. Anyone exhibiting the Christmas spirit was penalized. After the War of American Independence, English customs fell out of favour, as well as Christmas. In fact, Christmas wasn’t declared a federal vacation in America till 1870.

The Origins of Christmas Customs

Christmas celebrations comes with some several traditions and customs and this brings out the spark and fun in the whole celebration but how much more do you know of the Christmas customs, the popular Christmas tree, the boxing day gift boxes, etc. here I have also research on them and ask you to read and have fun.

  1. The Origin of Christmas Tree:.Pagans had long loved trees within the forest, or brought them into their homes and embellished them, and this observance was adopted and painted with a Christian veneer by the Church.
  2. The Origin of Mistletoe: Norse mythology recounts however the god Baldr was killed employing a mistletoe arrow by his rival god Norse deity whereas fighting for the feminine Nanna. non-Christian priest rituals use mistletoe to poison their human putting to death victim. The Christian custom of “kissing beneath the mistletoe” could be a later synthesis of the sexual license of Saturnalia with the Druidic putting to death cult.
  3. The Origin of Christmas Presents: In pre-Christian Rome, the emperors compelled their most hated voters to bring offerings and gifts throughout the Saturnalia (in December) and Kalends (in January). Later, this ritual enlarged to incorporate gift-giving among the overall people. The Catholic Church gave this practice a Christian flavor by re-rooting it within the supposed gift-giving of Nicholas.
  4. The Origin of St. Nick
  5. Nicholas was born in Parara, Turkey in 270 and later became Bishop of Myra. He died in 345 on Dec 6. He was solely named a saint within the nineteenth century.
  6. Nicholas was among the foremost senior bishops that were among the bishops that created the New Testament.
  7. In 1087, a group of sailors who adored St. Nicholas took his bones from Turkey to a sanctuary in a city in Italy. There, Nicholas supplanted a feminine boon-giving immortal referred to as The gran, or Pasqua Epiphania, The gran was ousted from her shrine at the city, which gave rise to the Nicholas cult. Members of this cluster gave one another gifts throughout a pageant they conducted annually on the day of Nicholas’ death, December 6.
  8. The Nicholas cult spread to the north until it was adopted by German and Celtic pagans. These tribes love a pantheon led by Anglo-Saxon deity –their chief god and also the father of Thor, Balder, and Tiw. Anglo-Saxon deity had an extended, white beard and rode a horse through the heavens one evening every autumn. When Nicholas join with the Anglo-Saxon deity, he shed his Mediterranean look, grew a beard, mounted a mythical being, rescheduled his flight for Dec, and wore heavy winter clothing.
  9. in a bid for pagan adherents in northern Europe, the Catholic Church adopted the Nicholas cult and tutored that he did (and they should) distribute gifts on Dec 25 rather than Dec 6.

The Christmas Challenge

The celebration of Christmas as a worldwide celebrations has always come with a challenge. Here I detail some of the challenges face by the celebrations of Christmas.

Imagine that between 1933-45, the Nazi regime celebrated Adolf Hitler’s birthday – April 20th – as a vacation. It was an appropriate thought for the day.  This Christmas, how will you celebrate it? I would say Santa Claus is coming to town, Merry Christmas.

 

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