What Christmas means at the end of December for people, families and children
All over the world, people mainly of the Christian faith or at least Christian character celebrate Christmas with great joy every year. The Christmas holidays last from December 24th, 25th and 26th.
The festival has not lost any of its popularity for almost 2,000 years. On the contrary: from year to year Christmas seems to be growing, expanding its Christmas story and increasing in popularity.
The celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, that is what the celebrations essentially go back to, has now steadfastly outlasted all major changes for a long time, but is still developing. Christmas is a real tradition. And Christmas is not only associated with Christian values, but also with a number of other charges that were and are in context with it.
In general, Christmas was never just the festival of Christians from the outset. The origin and thought of Christmas, and even parts of the Christmas story itself, are much older than Christianity. This also applies to the solemn festival for the arrival and birth of the Redeemer, Savior and Messiah Jesus Christ. Influences of pagan origin have always been found in the history of Christmas, as have Christian values and stories.
The Christian origin of Christmas
As already mentioned, people of the Christian faith or at least people in countries with a Christian character celebrate Christmas as the feast of the birth of Jesus Christ and his arrival in the manger at the stable of Bethlehem. The Savior, Messiah or the Son of God was born more than 2,000 years ago and with his teachings founded the religion of Christianity, which is still very much alive today. His Christmas story lives on to the present day.
Like many other groups who often tried to involve other people in their faith in order to spread their faith, Christians therefore also adopted symbols, occasions and celebrations that had existed long before in the course of time. Strictly speaking, there is no documentary evidence of whether the birth of Jesus Christ actually took place on Christmas night from December 24th to 25th according to the modern Gregorian calendar or from January 6th to 7th according to the old Julian calendar.
It doesn’t matter either. The only thing that matters is that the Savior was born. And his teachings are important to the believers. The first real testimony to the celebration of Christmas goes back to a Christian Christmas celebration on December 25th in Rome in the year 336 AD. Until today, Christmas is the most important of the three Christian high feasts in every church year before Easter and Pentecost.