Merry Christmas!

We all know that the bible doesn’t mention WHEN the birth of Jesus was, so why do we celebrate it on the 25th December?
I’m currently in Russia, and we don’t celebrate Christmas until the 7th January and my cousin in Sweden celebrated their Christmas today (24th December), so why this variation? Here goes…
Some reasons why Christmas is celebrated on the 25th:
  • the day when Mary was told that she would have a very special baby, Jesus was on March 25th – and it’s still celebrated today on the 25th March. Nine months after the 25th March is the 25th December
  • December 25th is roughly when the Winter Solstice (the old Pagan Festival) took place
  • The Jewish festival of Lights, Hannukah starts on the 25th of Kislev (the month in the Jewish calendar that occurs at about the same time as December). As Jesus was Jewish.. this could be another reason why December 25th was chosen as a date.
Previously, the Roman Calendar (during the Julius Caesar period) was used, which was less accurate than the current Gregorian calendar. However, according to the Roman calendar, Christmas was on the 7th of January. This is why even if the Gregorian calendar is predominantly used globally, Christmas is still celebrated on the 7th January.
The Russian Orthodox church uses the Roman calendar and hence Christmas is on the 7th January. It is not a massive celebration in Russia and is more religious. Presents are given to each other on New Years instead, which is a massive celebration.
Before the church arrived to Sweden and forced its tradition on the Swedes the people had their own traditions. Christmas in Swedish is Jul, which means Yule which was a feast where people came together and celebrated the beginning of the end of winter.

 

Fun Facts

  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336AD, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor)
  • Santa Claus was modelled on Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of schoolchildren.
  • “Silent Night” was first sung as part of a church service in Austria.
  • In Syria, Christmas gifts are distributed by one of the Wise Men’s camels.
  • “Jingle Bells” was actually written for Thanksgiving. The song was composed in 1857 by James Pierpont, and was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh”.
  • In 1647, the English parliament passed a law made Christmas illegal.
  • The holiday Boxing day was originally celebrated in England,for the servants to the rich people. After Chrismas,the servants “boxed up” all the left-overs from the rich people and bring them home.
  • Roast turkey did not appear consistently on royal Christmas Day menus until 1851 when it replaced roast swan.
  • In Greek, X means Christ; that is where the word “Xmas” comes from!
  • The world’s largest Christmas present was the Statue of Liberty. The French gave it to the US in 1886.
  • The Christmas Stocking got its start when three unmarried girls did their laundry and hung their stockings on the chimney to dry. They couldn’t marry, they had no dowry. But St. Nicholas, who knew of their plight, put a sack of gold in each stocking and in the morning the girls awoke to discover they had dowry’s. They could marry.
  • 1 in 3 people celebrate christmas worldwide

Merry Christmas from YDK!

If YA DONT KNOW, ya do now ;)

 

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