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What is the history of Christmas!



The history of Christmas

Christians celebrate Christmas on the twenty-fifth of December of every year, which is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. In the past, Christmas was in fourth place after Easter, Pentecost, and Epiphany, but now it has become the most important feast I have Christians during the year.


The origins of Christmas

The origin of choosing December 25 as Christmas is still unclear, and there is no clear evidence about that in the Bible. It was mentioned that Sextus Julius Africanus was the first to designate this day for celebration in 221 AD to become after that an international day to celebrate it. About choosing this day specifically is that this day was the celebration of the Indomitable Sun, which corresponds to the day of the winter solstice, and it was also a public holiday in the Roman Empire, where they celebrated the return of the sun and the start of spring and summer again.

Symbols associated with Christmas

  • Christmas tree: the tradition of the tree is found in many ancient cultures; Where they decorate a tree, and put it inside the house, believing that this will bring them a good harvest in the next year, while the Greeks and Romans believed that Adonis’ mother had turned into a fir tree as Adonis was one of her branches that brought him to life.

The modern Christmas tree likely appeared in the eighth century AD when Saint Boniface was trying to persuade the Germanic tribes to convert to Christianity; As these tribes worshiped a huge oak tree cut by Saint Boniface, and a spruce tree grew in its place that was considered a symbol of Christianity, and the inhabitants of these tribes then began to decorate it to celebrate Christmas, then the tree was brought to England by Prince Albert, and German immigrants also brought the Christmas tree to America, specifically To Pennsylvania.

  • Santa Claus: Santa Claus has its origin in Saint Nicholas who lived in the fourth century AD, who was famous for giving gifts to children, so his birthday became a holiday for children in the Netherlands where he was known as Saint Nicholas, then the English colonists in New York called him Santa Claus because they did not They can pronounce his name in Dutch, and the English subsequently began celebrating this holiday on Christmas Day.

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