A Brief History Of Tradition | Christmas Holiday


Christmas, the Christian holiday of Jesus' birth. The English word Christmas is of fairly recent origin ("mass on Christ's day"). The older word Yule may have come from the Germanic term jōl or the Anglo-Saxon term geōl, which referred to the winter solstice feast.

In other languages, the corresponding words, Navidad in Spanish, Natale in Italian, Noël in French, all presumably denote nativity. The German term Weihnachten denotes "hallowed night." Christmas has also been a secular family holiday since the beginning of the 20th century, celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike, devoid of Christian aspects, and characterized by an ever more lavish exchange of presents.

A legendary character called Santa Claus plays a crucial role in this modern Christmas festival. On Friday, December 25th, 2020, Christmas is celebrated. In the 9th century, Christmas started to be commonly celebrated with a particular liturgy, but it did not gain the liturgical value of either Good Friday or Easter, the other two main Christian holidays. The first Christmas Mass is celebrated by Roman Catholic churches at midnight, and Christmas candlelight services are increasingly performed by Protestant churches late on the evening of December 24.

A special "lessons and carols" service intertwines Christmas carols with readings of Scripture that narrate the history of redemption from the Fall in the Garden of Eden to the advent of Christ. Service, introduced by E.W. Benson, which was adopted at Cambridge University, has become widely popular.

A second interpretation indicates that December 25 became the day of the birth of Jesus by a priori logic that described the spring equinox as the date of the world's creation and the fourth day of creation, when the light was created, as the day of the conception of Jesus (i.e., March 25). 25 December, nine months later, then became the day of the birth of Jesus. For a long time in accordance with his baptism, held on January 6, the anniversary of Jesus' birth was observed.

It is uncertain the exact root of assigning December 25 as Jesus' birth date. In this respect, the New Testament gives no clues. December 25 was first identified by Sextus Julius Africanus in 221 as the date of the birth of Jesus and later became the widely agreed date. One traditional interpretation of the root of this date is that December 25 was the Christianization of dies solis invicti nati ('the day of the birth of the unconquered sun'), a prominent holiday in the Roman Empire that celebrated the winter solstice as a winter solstice.

Indeed after December 25 had been commonly accepted as the date of the birth of Jesus, the connection between the rebirth of the sun and the birth of the Son was also made by Christian authors. One of the problems with this interpretation being that since the early church was so adamant to differentiate itself categorically from pagan traditions and rituals, it indicates a nonchalant desire on the part of the Christian church to follow a pagan festival.

Christmas festivities began in Rome in around 3366 (but it did not become a major Christian festival until the 9th century). Many Christmas rituals originated in Germany and then spread to other parts of the world especially England and the United States, such as decorating trees. December 25th was a festival of the Unconquered Light in polytheistic Rome, marking the return of longer days.

Saturnalia, a celebration where people feast and trade presents, followed. During the reign of Constantine, the first Christian emperor, the church in Rome started celebrating Christmas on December 25, probably undermining pagan practices. In some of the more common Christmas practices, Christians and non-Christians join, many of which have no roots in liturgical affirmations. Such traditions involve decorating evergreen trees or mango or bamboo trees in India; feasting (in warm climates, picnics and fireworks are common) and exchanging presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning.

In the Gregorian calendar, Christmas is observed by many Christians on December 25. This date corresponds to January 7, on the Gregorian calendar, for Eastern Orthodox churches that continue to use the Julian calendar for liturgical observances. Gifts in most European countries are shared on Christmas Eve and in North America on Christmas morning. Christmas was traditionally a Christian festival that celebrated Jesus' birth, but it also became a secular family holiday in the early 20th century, observed by Christians and non-Christians alike. With the mythical figure of Santa Claus playing the pivotal role, the secular holiday is often devoid of Christian elements.

The early Christian church differentiated between the recognition of the birth date of Jesus and that event's liturgical celebration. The real observance of the day of the birth of Jesus was a long way ahead. In fact, there was considerable resistance to honoring the birthdays of martyrs or for that matter, of Jesus during the first two centuries of Christianity. "Numerous Church Fathers offered sarcastic comments on the pagan custom of celebrating birthdays when in reality, saints and martyrs should be honored from the perspective of the church on the days of their martyrdom, their true "birthdays. Contemporary practices in the West Learn about the Advent calendar and wreath Christmas rituals Learn about the Advent calendar and wreath Christmas traditions.

In religious or liturgical affirmations, none of the contemporary Christmas traditions have an origin and most are of fairly recent date. Sebastian Brant, the Renaissance humanist, documented the tradition of putting branches of fir trees in houses in Das Narrenschiff (1494; The Ship of Fools). While there is some doubt regarding the exact date and roots of the Christmas tree custom, it suggests that apple-decorated fir trees were first found in Strasbourg in 1605.

A Silesian Duchess reported the first use of candles on such trees in 1611. The Advent wreath, made of fir leaves, is of much more recent origin, especially in North America, with four candles denoting the four Sundays of the Advent season. The tradition, which originated in the 19th century but had its origins in the 16th, initially included a 24-candle fir wreath (the 24 days before Christmas, beginning December 1), but the awkwardness of putting so many candles on the wreath decreased the number to four.

The Advent calendar, which offers 24 openings, one to be opened every day starting on December 1, is a comparable tradition. In the 19th century, according to legend, the calendar was developed by a Munich housewife who was tired of trying to react constantly when Christmas was approaching. In 1851, in Germany, the first commercial calendars were printed. As can be seen from the placing of Christmas trees in sanctuaries long before December 25, the intensive Christmas planning that is part of the commercialization of the holiday has distorted the conventional liturgical distinction between Advent and the Christmas season.

US. U.S. Global Christmas Tree, Washington, D.C. United States Lighting Global Tree for Christmas, Washington, D.C., 2008. Donna Spiewak/NPS The tradition of offering presents to family members became well known by the end of the 18th century. Theologically, the feast day reminded Christians of Jesus' gift of God to humanity, even though the arrival to Bethlehem of the Wise Men, or Magi, indicated that Christmas was somehow tied to gift giving.

The gift-giving tradition, dating back to the 15th century, led to the view that Christmas was a commercial holiday centered on friends and families. This was one reason why the Puritans in Old and New England opposed the festival of Christmas and succeeded in prohibiting its observance in both England and America.

A variety of English "Christmas" carols such as "Here We Come A-Wassailing" or "Deck the Halls" splendidly reflect the custom of celebrating Christmas as a secular family holiday. It can also be seen in the ritual of sending Christmas cards, which originated in the 19th century in England. Moreover the link between the Christian festival and the family holiday is made in countries such as Austria and Germany by describing the Christ Child as the giver of presents to the family.

St. Nicholas appears on his feast day (December 6) in some European nations, bearing modest offerings of sweets and other gifts to youngsters. "In North America, under the influence of the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (or "Twas the Night Before Christmas"), the pre-Christmas role of the Christian saint Nicholas was turned into the increasingly central role of Santa Claus as the family's source of Christmas presents. While both the name and clothing of Santa Claus reveal his Christian origins, and his role in asking children about their past actions replicates that of St. Nicholas, he is seen as a secular character, a variant of the traditional bishop's dress. Santa Claus wears red swimming trunks as well as a white beard in Australia, where individuals enjoy open-air Christmas carol concerts and have their Christmas dinner on the beach.

Donegall Square, Belfast, Northern Ireland Lighting up Donegall Square Christmas lights, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Geray Sweeney/Tourism Ireland On Christmas Eve, December 24, presents are exchanged in most European countries, in accordance with the idea that the baby Jesus was born on the night of the 24th. However, the morning of the 25th of December has been the day for the exchanging of presents in North America.

The humble exchanging of presents took place in the early hours of the 25th in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, when the family came home from Christmas Mass. The Christmas Mass was set in the late afternoon of that day when the evening of the 24th was the time for the exchanging of presents. The centrality of the morning of 25 December in North America as the day for the family to open presents led, with the exception of Catholic and some Lutheran and Episcopal churches, to the utter end of holding worship services on that day, a startling example of how liturgical traditions are affected by social norms.

Christmas Here is a Christmas decorated front yard. Given the value of Christmas as one of the key Christian holidays, most European countries celebrate December 26 as a second Christmas holiday under Christian influence. This tradition echoes the ancient Christian liturgical notion that the whole week should last for the celebration of Christmas, as well as that of Easter and Pentecost. However the weeklong observance was successively shortened to Christmas Day and December 26, a single additional holiday.

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