Why December 25th For The
The Christmas and the Holiday
season is always a special time of year for
Christians as well as non-Christians.
Ever wonder about the history
or why we celebrate Christmas on the 25th of
December as a holiday? You'll discover the answer
Christmas is the most highly
anticipated and marketed religious holiday in the
Western world. Meaning 'Christ's Mass', it is an
important Christian holiday celebrating birth of
Christians celebrate the fact
that Christ was the savior prophesied by the Hebrew
Old Testament, and that he is the Son of God.
But What About The
Christmas Holiday And Santa Claus?
- The holiday of Christmas
itself is celebrated in many different ways
around the world. The most famous traditions
popularized by American and British culture
involve gift giving by the jovial, chimney
diving character Santa Claus, based loosely on
historical records of Saint Nicholas who was
said to be a round bellied, red cheeked and
The Tradition Of Giving
Gifts At Christmas
Christmas is best known for
its tradition of gift giving between friends and
family, and therefore has an enormous economic
impact on every country that celebrates it on a
large scale. While celebrated in
masse by any country with a
significant Christian population, Christmas is also
celebrated by many countries as a secular holiday,
observing the tradition of gift giving without the
emphasis on the more religious aspects of the
- Although there is
widespread debate that continues to this day
about the exact date of the birth of Christ,
Christmas is celebrated every year on the 25th
of December. Exact records of when the holiday
became an important part of the Christian
tradition are not available, but all indications
of its roots point back to the Roman Empire of
the 4th century AD.
- Some time in the latter
half of the 4th century, and shortly before its
split into Western and Eastern halves, the Roman
Empire adopted Christianity as its official
The 25th Of December Was
Declared Christmas Day
Historians today generally
agree that Christmas was chosen to be celebrated on
the 25th of December as a way to help unite the
preexisting Pagan religions of the time with the
newly adopted religion of Christianity.
For centuries prior, the
Romans had worshiped the god Saturn, with a holiday
they referred to as Saturnalia, a seven day event
beginning on the 17th of December and ending with
the winter solstice, which at the time was
celebrated on the 25th of December. The event was
characterized by the same kinds of gift giving
traditions popular with Christmas today.
The Romans Help Set The
Date For Christmas
Romans just prior to their
conversion to Christianity also worshiped a god
called 'Sol Invictus', or the 'invincible sun god',
a deity of Persian foundations, who was believed to
have been born on the winter solstice, on the 25th
of December. From these already rooted beliefs and
traditions, it was easier for Romans of the time
period to convert to Christianity.
Now You Know The Rest Of
The Story -- But Wait!
This, year, take time out of
your busy holiday schedule to read the real
story to your
children this year. It's listed in the Holy Bible
and on our website via the link above. There is
much to understand about Christmas. We were able to
provide you with just a portion of joy as shown
above, but there is still plenty more to write
about in subsequent articles.
Don't limit yourself by
refusing to learn the details about the
meaning of Christmas.
The more you know, the easier it will be to focus
on what's important in your life.