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.

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