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origins of Christmas

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Vivi Lu

on 26 April 2010

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The origin of Christmas For today's Christian, the origin of Christmas is, and should be, the birth of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Bible. Now ,the symbol of Christmas
are 'Father Christmas'... and Christmas trees However, most of what we witness on December 25th each year has absolutely nothing to do with that blessed day, which probably occurred in late summer or early fall about 2,000 years ago. In short, the Christmas holiday we celebrate today is indicative of Christianity's willingness to absorb the world's customs and traditions, and forget its simple roots in the historical reality of Jesus Christ. Christmas should be nothing more than a simple, yet wonderful reminder of Christ's humble beginning as a human child in this world. So when was Jesus actually born? Modern scholarship estimates the year of his birth from 7 to 4 BC. Although the Gospel narratives offer no indication as to the date, they do seem to indicate it was not in the winter. The baptism of Christ was initially the more important event in the East, but January 6 became connected more with the nativity of Christ by the later 4th century. Although Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas on December 25, some still use the Julian calendar ("old calendar") for their religious calendar.
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