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History of Christmas

By Edited Apr 26, 2015 1 0

December 25th  is a time for loving, sharing, reunion, and a time for peace known all over the world as Christmas season. Most of Christians are aware that christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let's first refresh or sight the history of what really is "Christmas".

Feast, Exchange Gift, Christmas Tree and Christmas Carol

The History of  Christmas started back 4000 years ago when the 12-day festival (Zagmuth) was  distinguished each fresh year by Mesopotamians.  They praised lots of god and offer this festival in subscription to Marduk, their supreme god, since they supposed that he defeated tons of confusion at the start of every wintertime.  Christmas is assumed to have emerged in this festival.

Saturnalia is a yearly festival  done by Ancient Romans in remembrance to their god which started in the mid-December and done until the beginning of January.  The Romans beautified their places with flowers, leaves, and candle-decorated-trees. Throughout the Saturnalia celebration the Romans would gather with different household and share meals while they switch gifts to each other as a sign of good luck.  It is believed that this Roman festival contributed to the origination of christmas.

Back in early wintertime of  Scandinavia where there are particular days that the sun wouldn't appear.  During the first sunlight reappearance, the Scandinavians would burn a "log of yule" in a festive fire and everybody would surround the fire and share meals while others hung apples to tree branches (Yuletide festival).  In addition,  during 22nd of December they would also offer songs as a thanks giving on the Winter Solstice. It is believed that these Scandinavian rituals contributed in the origination of Christmas tree and Christmas Carol.

The Christmas Card

Back in 1843, British painter John Callcott Horsley was believed who made the first Christmas card.  Horsley made the christmas card picturing a happy family celebrating Christmas with a note of "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You”.  After then, Christmas cards started to appear all over the world. 

Santa Claus

The history of christmas is not complete without Santa Claus! Back in the 4th century A.D. there was a very rich and charitable man who loved children.  Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, and/or just "Santa", is a character with famous, fairy-tale, real  origins who is known to throw gifts to the homes of the children throughout the mid-to-late-evening of Christmas Eve. 

History of Christmas
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