Who celebrates Christmas?
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
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