A (Brief) History of Christmas

Merry Christmas, one and all! Today we’re going to take a look at the history of possibly the biggest holiday in the world. For this particularly holiday, we’re going to have to cut back on some of the details. The particular origins and specifics of Christmas are more than enough to fill a couple books even when summarized.   The Old Christmas Christmas was first affixed to December 25th somewhere around the year 336 A.D. At the time, there was no holiday celebrating Jesus’s birth. There were however, numerous other holidays from other religions. This meant Christians would celebrate Christmas along side Pagans celebrating the Solstice and Romans celebrating Juvenalia. These other holidays, combined with plentiful food from the recent harvest, made early Christmases more like Mardi Gras. It was a wild festival full of excesses. In these days, social orders were turned upside down. The poor demanded fine food and drinks from the rich. There were extended periods of businesses closing, for weeks to celebrate. There could be feasts lasting nearly two weeks. It was a time to drink and be wild, with no real emphasis on gift giving or any of the holiday’s current focuses. These excesses weren’t shared by everyone. The varied sects of Christianity took different approaches to the holiday. Some groups were in favor of celebration. Some were intent on banishing the holiday entirely. In the 17th century, Puritans taking political control in England would […]

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