Exploring the first Christmas
The birth of Jesus Christ has long been celebrated on Dec. 25 of every year. The first recorded celebration of Christmas dates back to Dec. 25, 336.
However, it is not known for sure if Christ was even born during the month of December, much less on the day we come together to celebrate.
It is speculated that Christ may have been born as early as November or as late as March. However, through time the date of Dec. 25 was adopted as His offical birthday.
In the early days of Christ ianity, there wasn’t much emphasis given to celebrating
Some say that to prevent his or recording birthdays. Rather,
people from pagan debauchery, the day a saint died received
a Christian bishop at one time more emphasis and was considered established Christmas on Dec. more significant than
25 to compete with these other a birth.
In terms of Christ, some historians Others believe a dif ferent and religious scholars
story. When the church reached surmise that Christmas was
a consensus that Christ’s conception chosen to be in December to
occurred on March 25, coincide with other religious
it seemed reasonable to simply and cultural festivals taking
celebrate His birth nine months place at the same time. The
later. Jew s had t hei r “ Fe st iva l of
Regardless of how it started, Lights,” while Pagans celebrated Christmas remains a time to
Saturnalia, a celebration
share in the wonder of Christ’s giving gifts to the poor, but also
birth and the magic of charity feasting and drinking.
and love this time of the year.