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November 16, 2017

Meta: How did Christmas come to be?


We all know Christmas day as a day of massive celebrations for much of the world over, regardless of whether you are a practicing Christian or if you simply enjoy receiving presents and spending extra time with your family and friends. However, at some point your child or younger sibling may walk up to you and ask a strange question such as how did Christmas begin, why do we celebrate Christmas or even some other crazy question such as where do elves come from and no saying, well magic makes the impossible possible doesn’t really cut it. Hence, we here at Sir Holiday thought it our duty to help you out a little and make your festive season a little bit easier, by exploring the answer to the first question, how did Christmas begin.

Let’s just get something straight here the very first Christmas did not come into until about 300 years after the death of Jesus, for in AD 336 on December the 25th a record has been found of the first ever Christmas celebration taking place in Bethlehem, Judea. Which is also the location of Jesus’ birth, if you’re wondering why it took so long for everyone to catch onto the idea of celebrating Christmas then it probably has something to do with the fact that for a long time birthdays weren’t in fashion.

The First Christmas

This is due to the fact that the Church did not encourage the observances of individual’s birthdays as days of special importance and not even Jesus was allowed to be given exemption from this rule. This was especially true as during this time the Churches preferred to focus on observing the dates of the Saints’ deaths as these were deemed to be the day that marked their path into heaven, whereas birthdays were just ordinary days where you turned older. Evidently during these times getting older wasn’t much fine, either.

The entire reason behind the Christmas feasts taking place on December the 25th rather than the other dates that are supposedly the actual birth dates of Jesus such as the middle of November or towards the end of March, was because of a little feast. The winter solstice took place every year around this time, in order to mark this festival there were many events, activities and of course, feasting because of the fact that many locals were already used to having a ton of fun on this day it seemed to only make sense that the best day to have Christmas on was a day that everyone liked partying on anyway.

Christmas has evolved a lot from its early days and has taken on all of the signs of the modern world, commercialization can be the easiest one to pick out of it, before holly and mistletoe were key parts of our Christmas traditions they were initially part of the pagan winter festival that predecessor Christmasby quite a while, another example is Christmas carols that have been fully adapted.

The First Christmas

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