Christmas

Who celebrates Christmas?

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2014-04-11 17:23:14

As a religious holiday Christmas is celebrated by Christians as

the time of the birth of Jesus Christ. However, celebrations during

the time we now know as December reach back far into the past and

December is a time of celebration for non-Christians as well, since

Christmas became merged with ancient Solstice celebrations.

Before Christmas, there were pagan celebrations of the Solstice.

The Solstice is the longest night of the year. Pagans celebrated

the return of the light as the days began to grow longer after the

Solstice.

The celebration of the birth of Christ at the same time as

earlier pagan celebrations was a choice made by early Christian

church leaders. Many of the traditions now associated with

Christmas were adapted from earlier pagan traditions including

decorating trees, holly, ivy, mistletoe, gift giving, yule log and

feasts.


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