History behind December 25 Christmas

25th December , the Santa Claus time. A very popular festival in the west side and pretty much officially declares the vacation time for the rest of the world.

Christmas is a holy festival which is celebrated with a lot of zeal and happiness all around.

You will find Christmas trees of all sizes decked up beautifully with lights and little swaps of cotton to present it as snow. in almost every house’s courtyard.

Ask anyone around that why Christmas is celebrated? Even a toddler will answer that question by replying because Jesus was born on this day.

So lets just get our facts checked and we take you into the history.

Popular myth puts Jesus’s  birth on December 25th in the year 1 C.E.

But The New Testament gives no date or year for Jesus’ birth.  The earliest gospel – St. Mark’s, written about 65 CE – begins with the baptism of an adult Jesus.  This suggests that the earliest Christians lacked interest in or knowledge of Jesus’ birthdate.

Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week-long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17-25.  During this period, Roman courts were closed, and Roman law dictated that no one could be punished for damaging property or injuring people during the week-long celebration.  The festival began when Roman authorities chose “an enemy of the Roman people” to represent the “Lord of Misrule.”  Each Roman community selected a victim whom they forced to indulge in food and other physical pleasures throughout the week.  At the festival’s conclusion, December 25th, Roman authorities believed they were destroying the forces of darkness by brutally murdering this innocent man or woman.

The problem was that there was nothing intrinsically Christian about Saturnalia. To remedy this, these Christian leaders named Saturnalia’s concluding day, December 25th, to be Jesus’ birthday.

By holding Christmas at the same time as traditional winter solstice festivals, church leaders increased the chances that Christmas would be popularly embraced, but gave up the ability to dictate how it was celebrated. By the Middle Ages, Christianity had, for the most part, replaced pagan religion. On Christmas, believers attended church, then celebrated raucously in a drunken, carnival-like atmosphere similar to today’s Mardi Gras. Each year, a beggar or student would be crowned the “lord of misrule” and eager celebrants played the part of his subjects. The poor would go to the houses of the rich and demand their best food and drink. If owners failed to comply, their visitors would most likely terrorize them with mischief. Christmas became the time of year when the upper classes could repay their real or imagined “debt” to society by entertaining less fortunate citizens.

This is what the exact story behind 25 of December Now you really know what actually took place.

Merry Christmas !!