Christmas: Know the History, Significance & Importance of Christmas Day


Bhubaneswar: Jesus Christ is the very personification of Divinity. He was born at a time when ignorance, superstition, greed, hatred, and hypocrisy prevailed upon the land. Purity was forgotten and morality was neglected.

Christmas is celebrated every year on December 25. It commonly believed that the 25th of December is the birthday of Jesus Christ but that is not the case! Nowhere in the Bible is it mentioned the exact day of Jesus’s birth, in fact, even the year isn’t known! He was not born in year zero but was likely born between 7BC and 2BC. The name Christmas comes from the Mass of Christ (or Jesus).

Christmas had also been celebrated by the early Church on January 6th, when they also celebrated the Epiphany (which means the revelation that Jesus was God’s son) and the Baptism of Jesus. (Like the December 25th date above, this was based on a calculation of Jesus’s death/conception but from the 6th April, not the 25th March.) Now Epiphany mainly celebrates the visit of the Wise Men to the baby Jesus, but back then it celebrated both things! Jesus’s Baptism was originally seen as more important than his birth, as this was when he started his ministry.

The Jewish festival of Lights, Hanukkah starts on the eve of the Kislev 25 (the month in the Jewish calendar that occurs at about the same time as December). Hanukkah celebrates when the Jewish people were able to re-dedicate and worship in their Temple, in Jerusalem, again following many years of not being allowed to practice their religion.

Jesus was a Jew, so this could be another reason that helped the early Church choose December the 25th for the date of Christmas!

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