Member Login | Site Search | Support

Advertisement
Hitch Warehouse launches online store
16 Customer and Client Generating Tools For Recession
Three E-Zine Alternatives You May Not Have Considered
Advice
An Effective Way to Cope with Being Dumped
Natural Treatment For Varicose Veins
Musicians, Put More Time Into Doing What You Love
Arts
Scrapbooking: Creating memories on paper
Why Outsource Graphic Designers, Web Programmer, Call Centre Agents, Telemarketer Staff, Virtual As
A Helpful Hand
Autos
Techniques To Help You Find The Right Wedding Car
Hitch Warehouse launches online store
Business
Quality Office Furniture Vs the Cheap
Salehoo Drop Shipping Coffee
Elevate the position of your business with search engine marketing
Community
$50Gs raised to probe BC dumpster dog's death
Sacred Headwaters Campaign
Greg Bachand
Entertainment
Woodhouse Audio Visual Services and Rentals
2008 Horoscopes - Get Free 2008 and 2009 Weekly and Yearly Horoscope
Scrapbooking: Creating memories on paper
Environment
Family
When both parents work, do children suffer?
EXERCISE AND KIDS (PART-3)
Kid`s Favorite Party Christmas Games & Ideas - Santa`s Best Xmas Jokes
Food
Increase Your Energy Level Naturally
Health & Fitness
Does Muscle Memory Occur?
Pathological Gambling and Poly-Behavioral Addiction
40 Years As A Smoker, I Amazed Myself and Quit In One Day!!
History
Origins of Christmas
Hobbies
MY MANIA WITH FASHION BRACELETS
Musicians, Put More Time Into Doing What You Love
How to Bind Documents with Plastic Comb Binding
Home & Garden
The Cadillac of Dog Beds - You will Also want to Sleep on It!
Starting a DVD Collection
A Culinary School Will Teach Almost Anyone How to Cook Like a Real Chef
Internet
Why Your Business Technology System is Critical to Your Success in your Real Estate Business
Unleash The Power Of Private Label Rights Riches!
How To Make Your Web Site Popular - Fast
Miscellaneous
How to Easily Start a Motivational Speaking Career
Communication Skills: Talk the Talk!
Greg Bachand
News
Sacred Headwaters Campaign
$50Gs raised to probe BC dumpster dog's death
The Pentagon's Battle Plan Is To Go Green
Pets
Aging Dog - How to Make Old Dog Comfortable
$50Gs raised to probe BC dumpster dog's death
Poems
A Helpful Hand
All of God's children
Reference
These Famous Poodles
The Master Key to Attract Men
Origins of Christmas
Relationships
An Effective Way to Cope with Being Dumped
How to meet men or women from the comfort of your home
How To Prevent A Break Up
Sales
Hitch Warehouse launches online store
Salehoo Drop Shipping Coffee
Things you should keep in mind at the time of wood floor restoration
Self Improvement
Pathological Gambling and Poly-Behavioral Addiction
Age New Spirituality - The Open Secret ( Read It At Your Own Risk )
Self-love is not Narcissism!
Spiritual
Age New Spirituality - The Open Secret ( Read It At Your Own Risk )
Roger Revaks Book, Internal Vision: A Ten-Day Journey to True Happiness
Can 10 Million People be Wrong about Meditation?
Sports
Carp Bait Making For Beginners And Cheap Big Fish Baits!
Another Kind of Horse Brand: Business Branding in Equine Marketing
Serious Sports Fans Spend More Time Online
Technology
VoIP Phone Calls: Crushing Down On Phone Bills
Pew: Newspapers Circling The Wagons
SEO Tactics - Signal Your List With Viral Direct e-Mail Quake
Travel & Tourism
Barcelona Parks and Gardens
Greg Bachand
Sacred Headwaters Campaign
Add your Article

Origins of Christmas
11/24/2008 - By Thomas O Donovan

Origins of Christmas

There was a time when Christmas did not exist. It was simply, in one culture or another, a pagan celebration of the winter solstice.

The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year which usually occurs on the 22nd or 23rd of December. During the solstice the ancient Egyptians filled their homes with palm rushes to protect themselves from evil and celebrate the return of their Sun God Ra. European and Mediterranean cultures also have episodes in this long saga that is part of the history of Christmas (and Christmas trees). In ancient Rome, the Romans held their own December festival, Saturnalia, and even decorated their homes with evergreen boughs. This honored the God Saturn whose domain was agriculture. Further north, the Celtic Druids also celebrated the winter solstice and used evergreens on the darkest day of the year to symbolize eternal life.

This has all evolved to the present day when Christmas is the time that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The name "Christmas" literally comes from the early English phrase, "Christes Masse" which means the Mass of Christ. While the actual date of Jesus' birth remains a mystery, Christians in many countries observe it on the 25th of December. The birth of Jesus is described in the first couple of chapters of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke in the New Testament.

Why December 25th? There were competing groups of early Christian believers who felt that Jesus' birth and his ascendancy into divinity might have been on two different occasions.

Before the fourth century, early followers of Jesus did not have a festival for His birth, fearing that it might be interpreted to place him on par with King Pharaoh. Around the third century, many believed that Jesus' spiritual and physical birth occurred on the same day, January 6th that is the feast of Epiphany.

Eventually, December 25th was finally selected when St. Cyril of Jerusalem requested that Pope Julius I settle the matter definitively. That date however, was likely selected to coincide with existing pagan holidays. It made converting the pagans to Christianity that much easier.

Christmas or Xmas? Many people feel that 'Xmas' is a secular substitute for Christmas. Some feel that it takes the "Christ" out of Christmas. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the Greek letter X represents the first letters of Christ's name (Ch). Therefore, X was taken to represent the word "Christ" in the early Christian Church.

I am involved with a web-site that provides topical information about Christmas.
http://christmas.irishastrology.com/christmas-articles.html

Ever wondered what your Celtic Tree Astrology Sign is?
http://www.irishastrology.com/celtic-astrology/celtic-tree-astrology.html

Also, go here if you want some lovely (and free!) Screensavers of Happy Animals, Beautiful Flowers, Amazing Galaxies, etc.
http://screensavers.irishastrology.com/

My hobbies/pastimes/life include Astrology, Music, Reading, Sport, Cycling, Chocolate, My cat and a love for animals...our equals.