It actually started in Rome (part of Italy, of course). The Romans had a festival called the Saturnalia, celebrating the Winter Solstice on December 21 as the rebirth of Sol Invictus (the invincible sun). Additionally, the pagan god, Mithras, had a birthday on December 25. Part of the festival involved merry-making and the exchange of gifts. An early pope declared that December 25 was the birthday of Jesus, intending to graft a Christian holiday onto one that was already being celebrated anyway. (This was a common practice in the early Church, "usurping" pagan holidays and giving them a Christian spin.) Jesus, by the way, was probably born in spring (March or April). The Bible tells us that shepherds were out in the fields watching their flocks by night, which they wouldn't have done in December because it was too cold. The Winter Solstice has been celebrated by many cultures and in northern Europe, especially, it was marked by bonfires and the display of lights, which is the origin of our modern Christmas light displays. They would also decorate their homes with evergreens, thought to have magical properties because they stayed green throughout the winter. In northern Europe the festival was called Yule. So what we celebrate at this time of year is not the birth of Jesus but the rebirth of the sun (days grow longer after the Winter Solstice). Aware of its pagan origins, the Puritans prohibited the celebration of Christmas. And some modern denominations do, as well. Mainstream denominations follow the example of that ancient pope.
AnswerCelebrating Christmas actually started in Italy.
Yes, Italy does have Christmas lights.
it ends on the 6th of January when la befana comes
does Italy decorate a Christmas tree
Christmas carols started in the 13th century in Italy. The person who wrote the first carol was St. Francis of Assisi.
The reason Christmas is celebrated in Italy is the birth of Jesus.
yes,and the decorations and (Christmas) trees r getting really popular in Italy,so yes they do use Christmas trees in Italy.....................
In Italy, Father Christmas is called Babbo Natale
Who delivers the gifts at Christmas in Italy
Nativity scenes or "Christmas cribs" (known as presepi in Italian) are the primary symbol of Christmas in Italy.
Christmas is on December 25.
Yes, Italians celebrates Christmas.
They Have Christmas Dinner On A Pizza!
with a big christmas tree
How did Christmas start in Spain?
la befana Christmas markets
My family in Italy usually put up Christmas trees, they put up lights and pass out presents on Christmas they usually have big meals around Christmas and lentils.
On Christmas Eve in Italy they have an eight or seven course sea food dinner.