The famous Christian festival celebrated on the 25th day of December, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The term ‘Christmas’ stands for mass on Christ’s day”and has originated rather recently. The orthodox term Yule is speculated to have derived from the Germanic jōl, which means to the feast of the winter solstice. There are various other terms used for Christmas in other languages such as Navidad in Spanish, Natale in Italian, Noël in French. The early 20th century also marked Christmas as a family holiday, with a popular tradition of exchanging gifts. Santa Claus, a mythical creature, is another important part of the celebration.
Origin and development Christmas
As the New Testament gives no hints regarding the origin of assigning December 25 as the date of birth of Jesus, this is still a mystery among the people despiste its given popularity. Sextus Julius Africanus was the first to identify December 25 as the date of Jesus’ birth, which in coming time became universally accepted around the world.
One famous tale that has gone around in association of 25th December with Jesus’ birth date is origin is the with the famous holiday of the Roman Empire. This holiday is the Christianizing of the dies solis invicti nati which is the day of the birth of the unconquered sun. But with this connection arises a problem, as this belief goes against the original intention of the early churches who wanted to distinguish themselves from the from pagan beliefs and practices.
Celebration of Christmas
This day is widely viewed as a family holiday where people come together as a secular family, as suggested by a number of carols such as “Here We Come A-Wassailing” or “Deck the Halls”. Accompanied by family family gatherings there are other traditions that come with the celebration such as sending Christmas cards, exchanging gifts, and making elaborate feasts.