Christmas History

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Centuries before the arrival of the man called Jesus, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. History of Christmas dates back over 4000 years as the various custom and tradition associated with the festival of Christmas were celebrated centuries before the birth of Christ.

Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus. The English term Christmas (“mass on Christ’s day”) is of fairly recent origin. Nowhere in the Bible are we given a date for Christ’s birth and nowhere in Scripture is there an account that there was ever a commemoration of the occasion of Christ’s birth.

As a main celebration in the Christian liturgical calendar, it follows the season of Advent and ushers in Christmastide, or The Twelve Days of Christmas. It was first decided to the specific date in the Western calendar by Dionysius Exiguus, a Scythian monk who was an abbot in Rome.

By holding Christmas at the same time as traditional winter solstice festivals, church leaders increased the chances that Christmas would be popularly embraced, but gave up the ability to dictate how it was celebrated.

Little baby Jesus, three wise men and follow that star – that’s the true meaning of Christmas. Or maybe it’s festive jumpers, panic-driven spending sprees, drinking too much and having an almighty row before the Queen’s speech.