History Of Christmas
Christmas is both a sacred religious and cultural holiday. Christians celebrate this day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the foundation of their religion.
AN ANCIENT HOLIDAY
Centuries ago, before the arrival of the man called Jesus, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. Many peoples celebrated during the winter solstice, when the worst of the winter was behind them and they could look for longer days and extended hours of sunlight.
The end of December is the perfect time for celebration in most areas of Europe. At that time, most cattle were slaughtered so they would not have to be fed during the winter. For many people, it was the time when they had a supply of fresh meat.
In the early years of Christianity, Easter was the main holiday. At that time, the birth of Jesus was not celebrated. In the fourth century, church officials decided to introduce the birth of Jesus as a holiday. By the end of the eighth century, the celebration of Christmas had spread all the way to Scandinavia. This is the day it is believed that the three wise men finally found Jesus in the manger.
By the Middle Ages, Christianity replaced pagan religion. On this Eve, believers joined the church, then celebrated raucously in a drunken, carnival-like atmosphere. The needy people visited the rich people and demand the best food and drink.. It’s the time of year when the upper classes repay their real or imagined “debt” to society by entertaining less prosperous citizens.
Christmas in America
By the early 19th century, class conflict came into existence. During this time, unemployment was high and gang rioting by the disillusioned classes often occurred during the Christmas season. In 1828, the New York city council established the city’s first police force in response to a Christmas riot. This catalyzed certain members of the upper classes to bring the change in celebrating Christmas in America.
Today, everyone in the Christmas society, whether rich or poor, all are on the same platform to celebrate their traditional Eve with profound love and emotions.