The History of Christmas

Daisha Spiece, Staff writer

Many people believe that Christmas is a day to separate Jesus’s birthday, which isn’t entirely true. Nobody actually knows the real birth date of Jesus, they just say December twenty-fifth because Mary found out she was pregnant with a special baby on March twenty-fifth and December is nine months after March. People also tend to believe the Santa Claus is a made up character to persuade kids to be on their best behavior. While it is true that he cannot travel the world to deliver presents to all the little boys and girls, Saint Nicholas is in fact a real person. There are many passed down stories and beliefs and Christmas Day by different religions  

    There is no proven fact as to when Christmas began, only many theories and stories that are told by different cultures. For instance, some people believe Christmas is celebrated on the twenty-fifth because winter festivals like Saturnalia and Dies Natalis Solis Invict took place around this time. The Winter Solstice, the shortest time between the sun setting and rising, was a sign to Pagans that winter was over and they would celebrate for that reason.

    While celebrating the birth of Jesus, people give presents to remind others of all the gifts that were given to Jesus by the Wise Men. All over the world presents are put in different places by “Santa Claus”, “St. Nicholas”, “Father Christmas”, or “Befana”. Depending on what part of the world you live in, presents are left in shoes, stockings, or under the Christmas tree. The earliest date that presents are opened is on December sixth, which is St. Nicholas’ eve, and is mainly practiced in Holland. The latest they’re opened in January sixth and is known as Epiphany, celebrated mainly by Catholic countries like Spain and Mexico.

   Another tradition is the use of Christmas Trees. Pagans originally used evergreen branches to decorate their homes around Winter Solstice, which is where the tradition of having Christmas Trees in homes came from. Some were used to announce an upcoming play, it can be a sign of everlasting life with God, or to help the season Spring to come. They became really popular around 1841 when Prince Albert of Britain put up a Christmas Tree in their castle and drawings of it became famous and were spread throughout the news.

 

 

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