A History, Background, and Origin of Christmas

Christmas is the season when decorations and lights go up and people plan their parties. Shoppers are obsessed with looking for deals on the hottest items, and nearly hitting each other. Santa visits the children to ask them what they want.

There are many Christmas party games and gift exchanges. After school is over, children race home to prepare for Santa. The holiday season begins right after Thanksgiving and continues through the New Year.

Every person has a different meaning of Christmas. For some, Christmas is a time for sadness and despair. Others find it a time of joy.

It is difficult to understand the true reason behind the season. The secularization of Christmas has been a result of commercialism. What is Christmas really all about?

The Real Meaning of Christmas

Let’s explore the deeper meaning of Christmas. It’s a celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth. What does “birth” actually mean? It’s the beginning of something new. Jesus brought hope to the world when he was born.

Christmas: The History

A special baby was born in Bethlehem around 2,000 years ago. Joseph, a young couple, and Mary, a pregnant woman, planned to wed. Mary was a servant to God. Even though she was a virgin, God chose Mary to bear his son, the Messiah.

Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem looking for a place to rest. They were directed by an innkeeper to a stable nearby. After Mary gave birth to Jesus, she went into labor.

Some people brought Jesus gifts after His birth. Gift exchange is still a popular practice. It’s a symbol of the giving spirit. We exchange gifts just as God gave us his son in order to pay for our sins. But greed has made it a pagan ritual.

What makes this baby boy so special? God sent him to Earth to save the world. It is true that we should remember Him throughout the year, not just on one holiday. To honor Him, we don’t need to have a month-long celebration with fancy names.

Christmas’ Origin

In 1870, It was made a national holiday. Why is December 25 celebrated? Sextus Julius Africanus, a Christian historian, designated December 25th as Jesus’ birthday in 221.

It is believed to have originated in the 4th century when Romans celebrated the “day the birth of unconquered sunlight” (late December) to signify the rebirth and end of Winter. Others believed that Jesus was born in Spring, which is roughly the time of his conception.

Are you a Christian or a pagan?

Is Christmas pagan? Pagan rituals are the origin of Christmas. The birth of Christ is the true meaning of Christmas.

There was celebration in the Bible as well. Shepherds visited the baby Jesus shortly after his birth to hear the good news. Everyone celebrated the birth of Jesus, the Son of God and Savior of all humanity. The celebrations of Biblical times were very different from those celebrated today.

Answering the question, “Is Christmas pagan?” is a yes answer. Is it a crime to observe Christmas? No. No.

Pagan Rituals

Pagan traditions include the practice of celebrating Christmas-like events. As an example, Santa Claus, mistletoe, and trees are symbols of pagan beliefs. While we all enjoy singing songs such as ” We Wish you a Merry Christmas”, it is not a Biblical tradition.

Christmas Trees

The Christmas tree’s main meaning has nothing to do with the Nativity. Man-made practices include covering the tree with lights and ornaments and placing gifts underneath it but people used trees to protect themselves from evil and harmful things before Jesus. The early Romans decorated their homes with trees in celebration of the winter solstice.

Santa Claus

Santa Claus or Kris Kringle is a beloved character that travels the globe on Christmas Eve to give gifts to children. In the third century, a man everyone called Father Christmas traveled the globe to help the less fortunate.

He was known as Santa Claus. The reason Santa is such an icon is that children learn from their parents that Christmas means receiving gifts from a man wearing a red suit. Children learn the truth about Santa as they get older.

Mistletoe

What was the original meaning of mistletoe? Mistletoe has served many purposes in the past. It was used in ancient Rome as a symbol of love and fertility. Anyone who touched it brought good luck. To protect their homes from illness and to offer peace, the Celtics used mistletoe at Christmas.

Pagan traditions include Christmas decorations, wreaths, and caroling but These traditions are enjoyable but have nothing to do or Christ.

A Christian Standpoint

Christians celebrate Jesus and not the holiday. It is enjoyable to participate in the festivities. However, it is not about decorations or lights. It’s about Jesus.

It should be a daily habit to remember his birth and not something that is done once a year. Whatever way we choose to remember his birth, God will be pleased with what we do. We are honoring God as long as our intentions are pure and we remember the true purpose of the season.

December 24, 2022

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