The Meaning of Christmas
The word Christmas comes from the words
Cristes maesse, or "Christ's Mass."
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of
Jesus for members of the Christian religion.
Most historians peg the first celebration of
Christmas to Rome in 336 A.D. Christmas is
both a holiday and a holy day. In North
America it is one of the biggest event of
the year (especially for kids), and for
members of the Christian religions it is an
important day on the religious calendar.
see The Advent Calendar
During this time, the beliefs of Christianity
blended with the existing religious heritage of its
converts. The holy days of the Christmas season were
celebrated side-by-side with many local feasts and
festivals. By the 13th Century, French nuns
celebrated the feast of St. Nicholas, December 6th, by leaving food
at the doors of the poor. As his legend grew, the
feast of St. Nicholas became a day of gift giving in
Germany and Holland.
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Christmas itself is an annual holiday that marks the birth
of Jesus of Nazareth. Christmas celebrations often
combine the marking of Jesus' birth with various
other traditions and customs, many of which were
influenced by ancient winter festivals. Christmas
traditions include the display of Nativity scenes,
Holly and Christmas trees, the exchange of gifts and
cards, and the arrival of Father Christmas (Santa
Claus) on Christmas Eve. Popular Christmas themes
include the promotion of goodwill, giving,
compassion, and quality family time.
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Christmas Day falls on December 25. It is preceded
by Christmas Eve on December 24, and in some
countries is followed by Boxing Day on December 26.
The Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates Christmas
on January 6, while some Eastern Orthodox Churches
(old rite or old style Orthodox) celebrate Christmas
on January 7, the date on the Gregorian calendar
which corresponds to 25 December on the Julian
Calendar. The date as a birth date for Jesus is
merely traditional, and is not widely considered to
be his actual date of birth from Wikipedia'
Christmas is celebrated in most countries around the
world, owing to the spread of Christianity and
Western culture. Various local and regional
Christmas traditions are still practiced not only in
Latin America but even in Africa, Asia.
The 25th of December is one of the most important
days of the year for many people of the World that
celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Some of the
traditions and characteristics for this day are the
same in all countries: many go to church, where they
take part in special religious services, exchange
gifts and decorate their homes with special symbols.
Itís an old tradition that this day is celebrated at
25th of December. The celebration of this day as
Jesus' birth date was probably influenced by pagan
traditions. The ancient Romans held year-end
celebrations to honor Saturn, their harvest god; and
Mithras, the god of light. Various peoples in
northern Europe held festivals in mid-December to
celebrate the end of the harvest season. As part of
all these celebrations, the people prepared special
foods, decorated their homes with greenery, and
joined in singing and gift giving. These customs
gradually became part of the Christmas celebration.
In the late 300's, Christianity became the official
religion of the Roman Empire. By 1100, Christmas had
become the most important religious festival in
During the Reformation, many Christians began to
consider Christmas a pagan celebration because it
included non-religious customs. But the old customs
of feasting and decorating, however, soon reappeared
and blended even in the countries where Christmas
was outlawed - in England and in parts of the
English colonies in America.
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