Smart Living WATCH: The Reason We Celebrate Christmas on December 25th

18:55  07 december  2017
18:55  07 december  2017 Source:   Southern Living

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The second reason I don't celebrate Christmas is that Christ was not born on December 25 th . Notice: "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night."

Did you know Christmas wasn't always celebrated on December 25 th ? Get the whole story behind the holiday. Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? 8 Reasons Why Rome Fell. 5 Things You May Not Know About Lincoln, Slavery and Emancipation.

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On December 25th, nine in 10 Americans will celebrate Christmas, but few understand why. Everyone knows the trappings associated with the holiday—Christmas trees, red and green ornaments, presents, etc.—but its origins are less familiar.

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Many Christians celebrate Christmas but many others don’t. Was Jesus born on December 25 th ? It wasn’t about the exact date of her birth as being the reason that we celebrated her birthday but the fact of her being born in the first place.

25 December was chosen arbitrarily from the theological point of view, but for purely practical reasons , it was chosen largely to coincide closely to the Western Christians first celebrated Christmas on December 25 in 336, after Emperor Constantine had declared Christianity the empire's favored religion.

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Although Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th, his exact birthdate is unknown. In the first 300 or so years of Christianity, the celebration of the leader’s birth was usually lumped in with Epiphany (January 6), if it was even observed at all. According to Christianity Today, it was around the year 273 that the church considered commandeering the existing pagan festival of winter solstice as fitting time to honor the son of God. It helped that December 25th already hosted two debaucherous holidays: natalis solis invicti (the Roman "birth of the unconquered sun"), and the birthday of Mithras, the Iranian "Sun of Righteousness.” It was considered a way to teach the masses a lesson or two about sin and redemption.

a group of people wearing costumes© Andrew Burton / Staff/ Getty Images Christmas wasn’t widely observed until after Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity and declared it the Roman empire's favored religion. Western Christians officially began celebrating December 25 as the birth of Jesus in 336 AD.

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