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When Did Christmas Day Start

2020-12-31
When Did Christmas Day Start
 
    
Christmas Day is celebrated all over the world, but Christmas at the end of December is certainly an existing celebration that takes place around this time of year at the winter solstice. The days before Christmas Eve are a time of excitement, considering that it is the last day of the year before Christmas Day, the day after Christmas. In the United States and many other parts of North America, it is usually celebrated on or around Christmas Eve. 
    
There may be a number of reasons that helped the early Church choose December 25 as the date for Christmas. The early Christians chose this date to promote the spread of Christmas and Christianity in the Roman world. Jesus was a Jew, and if Christmas looked like a pagan holiday, more pagans would have been pagan than those celebrating the birth of Jesus. By celebrating Christmas on the last day of December, the day after Christmas Eve, church leaders increased the likelihood that Christmas would be accepted by the population and gave them the power to determine how it was celebrated. 
    
This week-long devotion was, however, successively reduced to a single day of the Schenkenzell festival on 25 December and then to two days of the festival on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. 
 
In the United States, Christmas Day, June 26, 1870, was declared a federal holiday and has been celebrated in all 50 states ever since, with its historical roots in both religious and cultural traditions. Gregorian calendar, which is also the basis for many other holidays such as New Year's Eve and Easter. Although Christmas is associated with different traditions and festivals, it is generally celebrated on the same day every year. In the Middle Ages, most Christians celebrated Christmas on Christmas Day, as it was before Christmas Eve, but also on other days. 
    
A series of English Christmas carols such as "Come here, come here" beautifully illustrate the secular family holiday that celebrates Christmas. Children lace up their shoes for the baby Jesus, not Santa, and gifts are exchanged between families attending Christmas Eve services. This includes the completion of the Advent calendar and the Advent wreath as well as various Christmas decorations such as Christmas trees, wreaths, lights, ornaments, stockings and other decorations. [Sources: 3, 4, 8] 
    
For the Catholic Church, Christmas Eve, the evening before Christmas, is always the beginning of the first Christmas Day. In the Church, "Christmas Day begins at midnight with the celebration of Mass after sunset on Christmas Eve. 
    
It is celebrated the next day, December 26, which is called the Second Holiday, while Christmas Day is called the First Day of Celebration and Christmas Day is celebrated on Christmas Eve (called Nochebuena), to which the family can come and enjoy the evening of December 24 and eat again. Friends celebrate "Nochevieja" (New Year), while for families it is celebrated as "noche buena" or "Christmas Eve."  
    
Whenever we celebrate Christmas, we remember a real event that happened over 2000 years ago, when God sent His Son as a Christmas gift to all people in the world. [Sources: 16] 
    
Although Christmas Day is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Christian Church in the West has always put Christmas on January 6, a date that was later adopted in the East. The exact month and date of his birth are unknown, but there is no official date of birth in our Bible, and the exact dates of Christmas and New Year are unknown. This changed in the 4th century, when Pope Julius I chose December 25 as the "official" date on which Christians would celebrate the birth of Jesus. This was not to last, however, for January 6 became known as the "Feast of the Epiphany," commemorating the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem. Modern Armenian churches celebrate Christmas even after January 6, as it is the same time of year as Christmas.
    
The Puritans noted that the birth date of Jesus is not in the Bible, and decided that it was, and so it was accepted by the Christian Church as the "birth" of Christ and Jesus. The birth of Christ was celebrated on December 25, but January 6 became the day when people celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord and remembered the day when the wise men arrived in Bethlehem and found Jesus in a manger. and the celebration of its birth by Christians was mentioned as that day, which reduced the likelihood of a pagan feast coming first. 
    
It took a while for this to take hold, and Christmas Day did not become a federal holiday in the US until 1870. January 6th was called "Old Christmas" because it was the day when Christmas would have been celebrated if the calendar had not changed. Christmas was celebrated in England only at the end of the sixth century and did not reach northern Europe until the end of the eighth century. 
    
[18]: https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/how-december-25-became-christmas/