Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States. It’s also a much-anticipated time for families across the nation. But what exactly is Christmas, and why do we celebrate it on December 25? This holiday has been celebrated for centuries without fail, even though many people in our modern world have forgotten its origins. If you’re looking to learn more about this special day, or if you’d like to see some pictures of how people celebrate this special holiday, read on!
Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25?
The date of Christmas was chosen to coincide with the pagan festival of Saturnalia, which was celebrated in honor of Saturn, the god who governed old age and death. It was also a time for gift-giving and feasting. The early Christians chose this date to compete with this celebration by celebrating a new life beginning with Christ’s birth (see Luke 2:1-20).
The History of Christmas
Christmas is a time for celebration, family, and good will. But it’s also a time to reflect on the past and learn from it. In this article, we’ll look at how Christmas became such an important holiday in modern society.
The History of Christmas: The Christian Church
Christmas has been celebrated by Christians since early in their history as a religion. This tradition dates back to the 1st century CE when there were only 22 books in the Bible. The first mention of Christmas was written by Pliny the Younger. who noted that they celebrated it on December 25th while describing its connection with Saturnalia. However, our modern celebration of this day comes from Saint Nicholas’ feast day. It wasn’t until 325 CE when Constantine I made Christianity legal throughout his empire; however, he didn’t make any changes regarding celebrations around holidays like Saturnalia or Epiphany et al..
How is the day celebrated?
Christmas is a very important holiday for Christians. Christmas is a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s also the most popular holiday in the United States, with 75% of Americans celebrating it at least once every year.
Christmas means different things to different people—but we can all agree that it’s a time when families get together to learn about one another, give thanks for what they have, eat delicious food (or not), sing songs together…and generally enjoy being with each other!
Christmas Around the World
Christmas is celebrated around the world in many different ways.
- Christmas is celebrated on December 25 in the United States, Canada and some other countries.
- Christmas is celebrated on December 6 in Japan and on December 24 in Korea.
The Modern-Day Santa Claus
In the modern era, Santa Claus is a fictional character who has been portrayed in many different ways over time. He’s known for his red suit and white beard, but there are other aspects of his character as well. For example:
- Santa Claus’ name comes from Saint Nicholas or Sinterklaas .who was celebrated as a patron saint of children and sailors in the Netherlands during the 15th century. The name “Sinterklaas” translates to “Saint Nicholas” in English; however, it is sometimes pronounced with two syllables instead—e.g., “Sint-Nicolas”—or shortened simply to just St Nick by Dutch speakers. He was also known as Don Gavroche .
The Traditions of Christmas Trees
Christmas trees have a long and interesting history. The first Christmas tree was probably made in Germany during the Middle Ages, but it was not until 1734 that it became popular in Britain. In 1777, Thomas Crapper invented his flush toilet that didn’t require water pressure to operate (thus saving many gallons of water). And for those who love trivia: Bela Lugosi’s Dracula is one of only three actors to win an Academy Award twice; he won for Best Actor in 1931’s Dracula and again for Best Supporting Actor in 1970’s Young Frankenstein (he also appeared as Boris Karloff’s assistant).
In Australia, Christmas trees were first introduced by Captain James Cook (1728–1779) when he brought some seeds back from New Zealand after visiting Tahiti – where he saw them growing on mountainsides! But why do we call them “Christmas trees?” Well…let me tell you!
How to Celebrate National Christmas Day
- Enjoy the company of your family and friends.
- Decorate your house with lights and festive ornaments.
- Have a Christmas tree in your home, if you don’t have one already! It’s also a good idea to put out some cookies, hot cocoa and other treats for hungry guests during this time of year.
- Go to church on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (or both!) This will help you feel connected with God as he comes down from his throne in heaven to bring peace among men; and it’s also fun because everyone gets dressed up like they’re going on vacation rather than just another day at work like normal people do every day except for when we’re watching “The Golden Girls” reruns on Netflix instead because that’s where all our money goes these days…
Take a few moments out of your busy day to learn more about this holiday, and spend some quality time with your loved ones.
Christmas, or the Feast of the Nativity, is a Christian holiday celebrated on December 25th. The day is also known as “The Feast of the Nativity” and celebrates Jesus’ birth. Christmas is celebrated by many different religions and cultures around the world, including Christianity (which makes up about 80% of all Christians), Islam, Judaism and Hinduism.
So, there you have it—the history and traditions of Christmas. We hope that you’ve enjoyed this little look into the holiday season, and we wish you a happy holiday!