Where did Christmas originate in Christianity?
It originated when Jesus was born
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Answer : When Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire, Christians did not obliterate pagan symbols or celebrations but, out of respect for the people, adapted them to Christian thought or usage e.g. pagan temples became Christian churches and pagan feasts became celebrations of Christian… saints or Christ. Christmas is celebrated on December 25th, which is very close to the winter solstice. Many pagan cultures had festivals (even regarding the sun) around the time of the winter solstice e.g. the Viking celebration of Yule in late December. Early Christians simply used these established, and well-loved, festivals to celebrate the birth of THE Son, Christ. Another Answer: Contrary to the above answer, Christians did replace pagan symbols and celebrations. That was the whole point. In the first couple of centuries of the Christian church, Christianity existed alongside pagan religions including that of Rome, although most Christianity was practiced in secret for fear of persecution. According to an old Judaeo-Christian tradition, March 25th was supposed to have been the date for 'Creation'. The early Christian writer Sextus Julius Africanus (220 A.D.) thought this dating quite possible and suggested that Christ therefore became incarnate on that date. According to Julius, since Jesus became incarnate from the moment of his conception, this meant that, after nine months in Mary's womb, Jesus would have to be born on December 25 th. It wasn't until the 18th century that other possibilities were put forward. These included having Christmas on December 25th to coincide with the winter solstice or the festival of Saturnalia. However, as the solstice is on 21st December and Saturnalia usually began on the 17th and lasted no more than a few days, so neither of these dates seem to coincide with 25th December. Nevertheless, when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century, the Christian festival of Christmas totally replaced the festival of Saturnalia and the pagan rites surrounding the sun-worship and the solstice. For the same reasons ancient churches were often built on old pagan sites of worship so that it could be seen that Christianity had categorically replaced the old pagan religions rather than adopting pagan customs or sitting alongside pagan religions. Where old customs were difficult to replace, Christianity 'Christianized' these rather than ban them outright. As an example, at the solstice (and at Saturnalia) it was the custom in England to bring into the house the three most common indigenous plants that were thought of as somehow 'magical' (because they were poisonous and also by the fact that they did not shed their leaves in winter). These were holly, ivy and mistletoe. However, the Church Christianized holly (saying that its leaves represented Christ's crown of thorns and the berries his drops of blood) and the ivy plant (saying that its three-part leaves represented the Trinity). The mistletoe, however, was never given a Christian symbol, and so it is still not used in Christian Churches as a decoration to this day as it is a purely pagan symbol rather than a Christianized one. Of course, Jesus was not really born on December 25th. We know this for certain as we are told in the Bible that the shepherds were in the fields the night he was born - not an option in winter! But nevertheless, because of the history of December 25th being accepted by Sextus Julius Africanus, we still celebrate the birth of Christ on this date to this day. ( Full Answer )
From the birth, teachings, and death of Jesus Christ. >It may surprise many people but Christianity originated not in the middle east but in what is now modern day Turkey.< Please provide a link to proof for this statement. According to the Bible itself, this originated in Jerusalem, Galilee, Dam…ascus, the surrounding areas of the Dead Sea- All in modern day Israel. What you are saying here is a borderline anti-christian statement, and I don't think we want to offend anybody. ( Full Answer )
The reasons for the coming of Christ from whom Christianity originated are given in the following passages of Scripture. The exact nature of the fall of Adam and Eve related below is a matter for debate but Jewish history and subsequent events confirm that this event or an event of a similar nature …took place which necessitated the coming of Christ. From the beginning God made us in His image and therefore able to share in His Divine nature but when Adam and Eve, being tempted by the serpent/devil, disobeyed God by " eating of the fruit of the tree of tree of the knowledge of good and evil" their eyes were opened and God said, "'Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever' therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man; and at the east of the Garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life." (Genesis Chapter 3) God promised the serpent/devil "Because you have done this, cursed are you above all cattle, and above all wild animals; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel." (Genesis Chapter 3) He promised a "Redeemer" from the children of Eve who would restore our link to Him. Until that time came He sent the prophets as mediators between Himself and his people to spread the Law and keep alive the promise He made. "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. "You shall have no other gods before me...." (Exodus Ch 20) "Fear not... the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called. â¦.. For a brief moment I forsook you, but with great compassion I will gather you. In overflowing wrath for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you, says the LORD, your Redeemer .(Isaiah Chapter 54) "Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfil the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring forth for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land" (Jeremiah Chapter 33) At the appropriate time the Redeemer came in the person of Jesus Christ, son of the Living God born of the Virgin Mary, a descendant of Eve, who is our King and ruler of the Kingdom of Heaven. Answer Christianity as we know it today was codified in 325 at the Council of Nicea. Before that date, it was a variety of Judaism that believed that Jesus was the promised Messiah of Israel. The apostles were Jewish men who studied with Jesus, and were firmly convinced that he was The Anointed One which was promised by God in the Old Testament. The book of Acts in the New Testament records their reactions and journeys in spreading their beliefs to Jew and Gentile. The big split between Christianity and Judaism came about 135 CE during the Bar Kokhba Revolt. The Christians did not believe that Bar Kokhba was the Messiah, as they already knew that Jesus was. But the leadership of Judaism pushed for Bar Kokhba as Messiah, and the Christians did not participate in the revolt. This led to the division of Jew and Christian as it is today. Answer Christianity originated in order to bring the Law of Moses to the European pagans. To make the law attractive to them, Christianity's images are all pagan, from the virgin birth of Jesus to his ritual sacrifice and resurrection, because these are familiar ideas that the pagans could recognize and understand. Later, of course, the founders of the church mistook the package - wrapped as it was in pagan imagery - for the Law itself that the package was intended to contain: Love one another and treat each other with justice and mercy. And so instead of justice and mercy we have holy wars and inquisitions, where bloody fools argue and kill each other over meaningless doctrinal distinctions about the wrapping material covering the Law of peace and love they have forgotten inside. God laughs, but Jesus weeps. Religious strife breaks his heart. God planned "Christianity" from before the foundation of the world. First He called a people, the Jews and they were to evangelize the world, telling of a Messiah to come. Finally down through the ages the Messiah did come in the person of Jesus. The Jewish people did not believe Jesus was the Messiah and had Him crucified. But Jesus's disciples/ Apostles did believe Jesus was the Messiah and on Pentecost the Holy Spirit of God entered their hearts and the Christian church began. Christianity started and will continue because we (Christians) believe in their heart that Jesus is the Son of God and is the Savior of the world. Jesus said, "The gates of hell will not prevail against the church" . My translation. Christianity never 'started.' It has always been there, as God has also, being outside of time. As man followed God, a name was put to the followers: Christians. So Christianity is defined. ( Full Answer )
Answers as given by different Wi kiAnswers contributors: Answer According to Christians, Christianity wasfounded by G-D. It is the doctrines and teachings of Jesus Christ.Christians believe that Jesus is the Christ, or the Messiah. AfterHis death and resurrection, his disciples (like Peter and… Paul)spread His gospel abroad. To understand what Christianity is, though, look at the root wordChristos, which is Greek for Christ. The Christ was the "anointedone," to be anointed means to be chosen by G-D for royalty orpriesthood. While Christ is from the Greek, Messiah comes from theHebrew "Meshiach," also meaning the "anointed one." A "Christian"and a "Messianic" Believer by definition must be one and the same. Answer It is essential that Paul be included in discussions of theorigins of Christianity. Without the work that Paul did,Christianity might not have caught on anywhere. He made severalmissionary journies that are documented in the Book of Acts, and healso played a major role in opening the Christian church to thenon-Jewish communities of the day. Most study bibles have sectionsoutlining Paul's journies, and they make for a very exciting timein the early history of the church. Paul's letters, independent ofthe journeys he made, also play a major role in the disseminationof Christian teaching. Answer JUDAISM Answer Christianity was a religion evolved from the Ancient EgyptianReligion of Sun worship between 2 and 3 thousand years ago. First it is important to point out that Jesus Christ as worshippedby Christians has only ever appeared in religious texts which arenot considered to be a reliable source of history by main streamhistorians. He has never appeared in any actual historicaldocuments and so there is considerable doubt as to whether heactually existed as described in the bible at all. As far as the origin of Christianity goes there are many documentsI can reference but the documentary "Zietguist" does this for usvery well so I will quote a summary from the text: "Furthermore, the character of Jesus, a literary and astrologicalhybrid, is most explicitly a plagiarization of the Egyptian Sun-godHorus.For example, inscribed about 3500 years, on the walls of theTemple of Luxor in Egypt are images of the enunciation, theimmaculate conception, the birth, and the adoration of Horus. Theimages begin with Thaw announcing to the virgin Isis that she willconceive Horus, then Nef the holy ghost impregnating the virgin,and then the virgin birth and the adoration.This is exactly thestory of Jesus' miracle conception. In fact, the literarysimilarities between the Egyptian religion and the Christianreligion are staggering." Answer For Christians, Christianityoriginated as the disciples (and later, the apostles) spread thenews of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection, building up afledgling church which has grown into what it is today. These men,who fled from the scene and denied their association with Jesuswhile he was being crucified, preached with a boldness that wentagainst the Jewish traditions in which they had been raised. Originally, these followers called themselves followers of "theWay" (Acts 9:2), after Jesus's words " I am the Way, the Truthand the Life. No one comes to the Father but by me. " Sometimeafter Christ's death and resurrection, a new term arose, that being"Christian". The first use of this word "Christian" to refer tochrist's followers is recorded in Acts 11:26 as having been used inAntioch, a city in Syria. The term comes from the Greek wordmeaning Messiah "Christos" and the latin ending "ianus". Thecombination of these two words means "belonging to Christ". Christianity is based on the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.Christians believe that Jesus was the son of God, was able toperform miracles, and was resurrected after being crucified. ( Full Answer )
Christmas is the Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. The first mention of the celebration of Christmas occurred in AD 336, in an early Roman calendar, which indicates December 25, as the day of observance. Although no one knows the actual day of birth of Jesus Christ, Christ…mas Day is when it is observed. The celebration is believed to have been influenced by pagan (unchristian) festivals at that time. The ancient Romans held year-end celebrations to honor Saturn, their harvest god; and Mithras, the god of light. As part of the celebrations, the people prepared special foods, decorated their homes with greenery, and joined in singing and gift giving. By the late 300's, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. By 1100, Christmas had become the most important religious festival in Europe, and Saint Nicholas was a symbol of gift giving in many European countries. Then, the holiday began to spread around to other parts of the world, including North America, and the rest is history. Christmas is a holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, 2000+ years ago. Through the years the way the holiday has changed based on what country and traditions were in a certain region of the world. Bavaria is the source of most of American's typical traditions of having a Christmas tree and giving gifts (like the three kings gave to Jesus) It was a man named St. Nicholas. He was very rich because he was the som of the Pope (I believe he was the Pope's son) When the Pope died, he became the Pope, and was filthy rich. Bad part was, he was to live a humble life for God. So when he was walking past a house of a poor man, whos daughter was complaining about how he wasn't rich enough to get her married. Back in those days, a father had to pay a sum of money to the groom. It was what most men and women needed to start a family. So Nicholas decided to drop a bag of coins into the house. The next morning, he saw the look on the daughters face as she profusely thanked her father. her father said he had no idea where the money came from. But then the next day, The second daughter was complaining about how she wanted to get married to, and why he had only paid the first daughter for her marrage. Nicholas heard this. SO he dropped a bag of coins through the window that night. The next morning, the second daughter thanked her father and went out to get married. But yet again the third daughter was whining because her older sisters had gotten married, and she had wanted to marry her sweetheart to. She hung her stockings by the fire and went to bed. And that night Nicholas came back. But the father decided to hide in the bushes and find out who was doing this. The father was so noisy that Nicholas heard him far away. So he went up on the roof and dropped the bag of gold down the chimney. It landed right into the stocking. HE would of gotten away without anyone noticing, but his red Pope's robe was hard to miss and the father spotted him. That's how Christmas started. ( Full Answer )
The origin of Christmas goes back to the Roman empire. Festivalshonoring two pagan gods- the Roman Sol and the Persian Mithra werecelebrated on Dec. 25, which was the winter Solstice. The paganfestivals became a "Christian" holiday in the year 350. This wasthe year that Pope Julius I declared Dec. 2…5 to be Christ'sbirthday. Historically, the Roman Saturnalian festivals began onDec 17 and ended on Dec 24. They involved banqueting, feasting,heavy drinking, gift giving, and riotous behavior. In reality,Christmas is based on a pagan holiday which Christians adopted. ( Full Answer )
Answer . Christianity started in the city of Bethlehem when a small child called Jesus Christ was born.
There is no food that is specifically a "Christian Christmas" meal, but in the US roast turkey is traditional. I believe Christmas pudding is an English tradition.
No he was pagan and based on Norse legend. Another View: Yes, the original Father Christmas is Saint Nicholas. SaintNicholas was a Christian. Additional Comments: I guess it depends on your definition of "first"...
it originates from deep inside you, inside your heart. It doesnt matter whats true or not, what you believe should be good for you :)
No the original father christmas was a muslim and used to ride flying pigs (because one wasn't enough)
Christianity originated in the city of Jerusalem in present-day Israel. The founder of Christianity, Jesus Christ, was born in the small town of Bethlehem, just a few miles southwest of Jerusalem. He was raised in the town of Nazareth in the region of Galilee, about one hundred miles north of Jerusa…lem. However, prophecy demanded that the Messiah come to Jerusalem, riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey" (Zechariah 9:9). The New Testament records Jesus riding into Jerusalem and only a few days later being crucified there. Two days later, on the third day, Jesus was raised from the dead. Jesus told his apostles to wait in Jerusalem for the sending of the Holy Spirit. Forty-nine days after his resurrection, on the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit fell on the apostles as Peter preached the first public gospel sermon. All this is recorded in Acts chapter two. From its birth, with three thousand baptisms of the first day, the church rapidly grew in Jerusalem, later spreading to Judea, Samaria and Galilee in the following few years. Once the first non-Jews were baptized (Acts 10) the church rapidly spread outside what were traditionally Jewish lands into all the Roman Empire and beyond during the next three or four centuries. A question arises, which is can we know from sources outside the New Testament whether the accounts in the New Testament are accurate history. This is a broad question, but the general consensus of historians is that the broad background of the history described above is accurate. Both the Jewish historian Josephus (late first century), as well as the avowed religious Jews who wrote the Talmud (second through fourth centuries) agreed that Jesus was a real person who did indeed die in Jerusalem. All the evidence we have points toward the fact that the earliest preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ included the central teaching of his resurrection in Jerusalem. Therefore, it can be stated with confidence that the Church of Jesus Christ (Christianity) began in Jerusalem. In the area now known as Israel/Palestine. ( Full Answer )
Where is the origin of Christianity? Jesus is the origin of Christianity. He is in heaven, at the right hand of the Father, and with his people. Where was the origin of Christianity? Jesus lived in the Roman province of Galilee and spend much time in Judea. These are in the land that is now I…srael and the occupied Palestinian West Bank. Jesus died and was resurrected just outside Jerusalem, which would be in today's Jerusalem. ( Full Answer )
Jesus Christ is the entire basis for Christianity. Scripture tellsus that He came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it. Additional Answer: The founder of Christianity is Jesus of Nazareth, who Christiansknow as "the Christ," which means savior.
Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ, which is why it is called Christ mas. Jesus is the main figure in Christianity, and his arrival fulfilled Scriptural prophecy. Yes, However it was a pagan holiday and not the true date of Jesus' birth most likely. The pagan holiday was "taken" t…o draw the pagan's into Christianity. Answer : Christmas isn't important for all Christians. As there are some Christians who do not celebrate it. Why? Because it is a Pagan holiday that was adopted by the Roman Catholic Church, and the day itself, 25th December has nothing to do with Christ's birth. The Bible is silent on the date of Christ's birth and I think there is a very good reason for that. God did not want people to place so much importance on the day. Instead He wanted us to focus on Christ Himself and what He did. The problem today is that the majority of the world, including Christians waste so much money on Christmas, when this money could be used to help the poor and needy. Which would truly bring glory to Jesus. ( Full Answer )
In addition to opening our presents and visiting with family, we remember the true meaning of Christmas, which is this: 'God loved us so much that he sent his only son, so that whoever believed that He was the son of God, and accepted him as their savior, would not have to take the consequence of th…eir sin, (death, and an eternity in hell) but that Jesus would take the consequence, and die for us, so that we could live forever in heaven with him.' Most Christians also go to church, on Christmas Eve. Please remember that God loves you very much, and that he sent his son to die for you too, and he will never walk away from you the way that people of this world do. He created you, and he wants to spend a (literal) eternity with you, in heaven! Please consider what I've said. May God bless you! ( Full Answer )
We celebrate the birth of Christ, our Savior. Jesus died on the cross for everyone's sins. Although most Christian historians believe that Jesus was born in June or July, we still celebrate His birth in December.
The Christian view point is this: . "Jesus dying on the cross and rising from His grave. People witnessed it, and many came to believe." . The historians view point is this: "Christianity was a religion evolved from the Ancient Egyptian Religion of Sun worship between 2 and 3 thousand years ago…. " First it is important to point out that Jesus Christ as worshipped by Christians has only ever appeared in religious texts which are not considered to be a reliable source of history by main stream historians. He has never appeared in any actual historical documents and so there is considerable doubt as to whether he actually existed as described in the bible at all. As far as the origin of Christianity goes there are many documents I can reference but the documentary "Zietguist" does this for us very well so I will quote a summary from the text: "Furthermore, the character of Jesus, a literary and astrological hybrid, is most explicitly a plagiarization of the Egyptian Sun-god Horus.For example, inscribed about 3500 years, on the walls of the Temple of Luxor in Egypt are images of the enunciation, the immaculate conception, the birth, and the adoration of Horus. The images begin with Thaw announcing to the virgin Isis that she will conceive Horus, then Nef the holy ghost impregnating the virgin, and then the virgin birth and the adoration.This is exactly the story of Jesus' miracle conception. In fact, the literary similarities between the Egyptian religion and the Christian religion are staggering." I recommend you watch the whole movie or read the transcript for more complete information. ( Full Answer )
If you mean the origin of Christianity, the arrival of Jesus. A few years later led to the origin. This occurred around 1 B.C. - 1 A.D.
Christians do celebrate Christmas every year. Christmas is theyearly celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is onDecember 25.
None. It was a pagan practise appropriated by the Church along with Winter solstice. There is no Biblical basis for the tradition.. http://www.answers.com/topic/christmas-tree
Christmas was first started as a celebration that fell inline with the Pagan Roman festival of Saturnalia. It was adopted by many unbelievers as the birthday of Jesus, even though the scriptures point to his birthday being some time in the Fall, and was incorporated into Church teachings in an attem…pt to water down the Pagan history of the celebration. Interestingly, there is no record that Jesus observed or celebrated his own birthday. Since the word "Christian" is defined as "Christ-like" as in imitating Christ, or behaving in the same manner as he, a true Christian would never celebrate a holiday such as Christmas that would bring shame and dishonor to his name. Therefore, if a religion celebrates Christmas, they wouldn't be considered Christian. ( Full Answer )
Romans first introduced the holiday of saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 1 7-25 . During this time of December 25th Romans believed that they were destroying the forces of darkness by brutally murdering a innocent man or woman.
The origin of Christianity is read about in the Bible. Jesus cameto earth and started teaching. He gathered a group of men aroundhim and taught them for about 3 years. Later they would be called,"The Apostles". After Jesus died and rose again, these Apostleswent around and taught other people what t…hey had learned aboutJesus. We read this in ACT 11:26. " and when he had found him, he broughthim to Antioch. And it came about that for an entire year they metwith the church, and taught considerable numbers; and the discipleswere first called Christians in Antioch." ( Full Answer )
There is no one way Christians celebrate Christmas. It is up tothe individual to decide how to do that. Most Christians go toChurch on Christmas Day and spend the day with friends andfamily
Mary was a young woman who was engaged to be married to a man called Joseph . The Gospel of Luke says that an angel came to Mary to tell her that she would give birth to a Son and she should call him Jesus and that he would save people from their sins .Mary said "How can this happen? I am a virg…in!" The angel said "With God, anything can happen!"When Joseph found out that Mary was pregnant, he thought about what he should do. If he married her, he would be unclean. He decided to privately break the engagement. But then he had a dream. An angel told him that the baby was the Son of God .At this time, the Roman Emperor , Caesar Augustus , made a law that everyone in the Roman Empire must pay tax. Everyone had to go back to the town that their family came from, to have their name put on the tax lists. Joseph came from Bethlehem , which was called The City of David . Joseph took Mary to Bethlehem and she gave birth to the baby, Jesus , in an animal shed, because there was no room for them. ( Full Answer )
Jehovahs witness for sure. . Christmas was first started as a celebration that fell inline with the Pagan Roman festival of Saturnalia. It was adopted by many unbelievers as the birthday of Jesus, even though the scriptures point to his birthday being some time in the Fall, and was incorporated int…o Church teachings in an attempt to water down the Pagan history of the celebration. Interestingly, there is no record that Jesus observed or celebrated his own birthday. Since the word "Christian" is defined as "Christ-like" as in imitating Christ, or behaving in the same manner as he, a true Christian would never celebrate a holiday such as Christmas that would bring shame and dishonor to his name. Therefore, if a religion celebrates Christmas, they wouldn't be considered Christian. ( Full Answer )
The religious holiday of Christmas (as opposed to the secular holiday) was originally Christian, of course - Christ's Mass - altho it coopted a pagan Roman holiday. Christ was probably born in the Spring, most certainly not in late December.
When the Romans converted Christian they changed the original holiday, Saturnalia, with a Christianized version.. Eastern Orthodox View: Christianity celebrates Christmas because it commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ who is the Son of God, Messiah and Saviour. Christmas has been celebrated f…or many centuries as the second most important event for Christians (after Easter) as it is the event that brought Jesus into the world as a man as well as God. The First Coming of Jesus Christ is vital for all who follow Jesus, because He came to earth to save us from our sins. Without the birth of Christ (Christmas) there would be no resurrection (Easter); and without the resurrection of Christ, there would be no Christianity. That's why it is not only important, but crucial and absolutely essential for all Christians to celebrate the arrival of the Son of God on earth.. Answer . Some Christians such as the Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas because they believe that it has pagan origins and is not mentioned in the Bible. ( Full Answer )
To me, it is the birthday of my saviour. It is the day that God became man and began the 30 year journey to the cross. To true christians - Christmas means salvation.
in christian tradition the christmas pudding represents Jesus's sex life and all the times he had sex with someone
It is my firm belief that Christians, like any other person who eats Christmas puddings, do so because they are delightfully tasty!
Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December. The actual birth date of the child Jesus, the Christ, is unknown, but it was most likely some time in the Fall.
The traditions related to Mistletoe are mostly old cultural traditions that predate Christianity. There is no direct relation between Mistletoe and any Christian sacrament.
The answer is : The beginning of Jesus' ministry. For the Jew: the answer is : The beginning of Paul's ministry. I think the Bible is your best source for this answer.
Christians celebrate Christmas in many ways. In addition to this day being one of the most important and popular for the attendance of church services, there are numerous other devotions and popular traditions. Prior to Christmas Day, the Eastern Orthodox Church practises the 40-day Nativity Fast in… anticipation of the birth of Jesus, while much of Western Christianity celebrates four weeks of Advent. The final preparations for Christmas are made on Christmas Eve. Over the Christmas period, people decorate their homes and exchange gifts. In some Christian denominations, children perform plays re-telling the events of the Nativity, or sing carols that reference the event. Some Christians also display a small re-creation of the Nativity, known as a Nativity scene or crib, in their homes, using figurines to portray the key characters of the event. Live Nativity scenes and tableaux vivants are also performed, using actors and animals to portray the event with more realism. A long artistic tradition has grown of producing painted depictions of the nativity in art. Nativity scenes are traditionally set in a barn or stable and include Mary, Joseph, the child Jesus, angels, shepherds and the Three Wise Men : Balthazar, Melchior, and Caspar, who are said to have followed a star, known as the Star of Bethlehem, and arrived after his birth. ( Full Answer )
Christians celebrate Christmas as Jesus' birthday. But, Jesus wasn't born on Christmas because if he was, the shepards would freeze and their sheep would be eating snow.
Some don't because it's directly traceable to a pagan custom. I suspect that some, possibly a majority, of those who cite that reason may actually be more influenced by the fact that putting up a Christmas tree is a pain in the rear, and "It's a pagan custom, you heathen!" is just a convenient ex…cuse for not doing what they didn't really want to do anyway. ( Full Answer )
Yes, but as a socially spiritual event, like a week of Thanksgiving Day, not a specifically Christian feast. Since Christmas is entirely non-Christian in origin, it is rejected by the most excruciatingly correct Christians. Under the Puritans here in Massachusetts, the celebration of Christmas was a…gainst the Law in colonial times. Official Christianity tried unsuccessfully for centuries to suppress Christmas, finally and grudgingly admitting it as a minor feast, while inventing little fictions to give Christian meaning to the boughs of holly the people traditionally bring into their homes at Yule-tide. The Nativity story in the New Testament, with the star and the Magi, is not the original version of the birth of Jesus, nor was it originally told about the birth of Jesus. The story was borrowed from the cult of Mithras, along with many other features including the Sunday Sabbath and the identification of Christ with the Word. Versions of the original Nativity of Jesus story survive in folk-lore, for example in the Cherry Tree Carol; and in the Qur'an (Sura 19 The Book of Mary ). ( Full Answer )
Christmas is celebrated by Christians and non-Christians because the majority of people believe in god and Jesus and they obviously will believe that, that was the day that Jesus Christ was born even though it was not the accurate day it was a guess and that's why its celebrated on December 25th.
After the prayer they take bread, (Communion) and take the wine and spend time with God
The idea for the tree came from ancient people's . Centuries ago during the winter solstice people noticed that the only green plant still alive in the dead of winter was the evergreen , so they would bring in the evergreens. When the Catholic Church was ready to covert the tribes to Christianity th…ey used the days that were all ready in use with the symbols used. They explained the evergreen as representing the trinity. Each of the points of the tree are the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The Church called this time Christ Mass and there was 3 masses all day to celebrate. It wasn't until hundred of years later that the tree know today evolved in the 1800's. Dickens story added to the idea to have a festive day with a tree, dinner, and gifts. Thus, it has become what we have now. ( Full Answer )
The original father Christmas or Santa Claus was known as Saint Nicholas ('saint' meaning holy from the latin word Sanctus and 'Nicholas' meaning Victory of the People [Nicolaos] ) who was a 4th century saint and greek Bishop (therefore a christian) and was known for secretly giving gifts to people …such as small coins in the shoes of people who left them out for him, eventually beginning the legend of father christmas and the dads to come :) ( Full Answer )
Yes, Christmas is a Christian holiday because we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
Christians, pray and eat together as a family. They give thanks for the meal, and then open presents.
In Christmas you do not need to do anything but have to make cookies and pour milk in a cup and keep it in at the table for Santa to eat and drink also you need to make a card ,Christmas list and keep the stocking at the table or fire place.
Christians celebrate Christmas as being the traditional Birth Date of Christ. . Although the exact date is lost in 2000+ yrs of history, it is universally accepted as the date of the Nativity .
Christians celebrate Christmas once a year. Jesus Christ is said to have been born on Christmas Day and it is on this day each year that people who believe this celebrate his birth.
Most scholars would say Jerusalem, Israel. It began on Pentecost Sunday, June 17, 31 AD, by many accounts.
In early Christianity in the Roman Empire, there were many otherreligions competing with Christianity. To increase the appeal ofChristianity, they fused many non-Christian festivals with aChristian overlay. For example, Christmas is the festival for thewinter solstice. Since the roots of much of our… celebration ofChristmas are outside Christianity, some Christians choose not tocelebrate the holiday. ( Full Answer )