History of Christmas

History of Christmas

Christmas is a massive event that happens in late December, Christmas eve 24th of December and Christmas day 25th of December. As a society today we don’t celebrate Christmas as a religion, We celebrate it for the Gift giving and the family and friends get together and mainly for the kids.

There are many theories to why we celebrate Christmas December 25th. There is no real proof of a date for Jesus. No date is given in the Bible. But why do we celebrate it, Well it is said the first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336AD, This is when the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine – who was the first Christian Roman Emperor.

But, Pope Julius I officially announced that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th December. Another theory could be December 25th may have also been chosen for the Winter Solstice and The ancient pagan Roman midwinter festivals that took place in December around this date,

They already celebrated things around this time. So as you see many religions, faiths, have different views as to why and when Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December.

But as the modern day family with the majority of whom do not support any religion, still re-enact certain novelties such as the Nativity of Jesus. This is down to the traditions we have all been brought up with. And certain school and community practising the religions.

Christmas Trees

But I bet you’re wondering why we use Christmas trees. As far as we know Christmas trees was first decorated with edible items, Like, apples, dates nuts ect. But in the 18th century Christmas started to get a little decoration lift with people starting to add candles.

The custom of the Christmas tree was developed in Germany in the 16th but possible 15th century, the country Christians brought a decorated tree into their homes. This became a very popular tradition during the second half of the 19th century in other countries.

Today we decorate our trees with tinsel and lights. To bring a much more enjoyable atmosphere of Christmas, It’s an ongoing tradition among the family to pass down to the next generation to decorate the tree with much joy of festivity.