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The History Of Christmas

Amelia Shoemaker, Editor

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Christmas is a worldwide celebration but what are the origins of it?  Christmas has been a federal holiday in the U.S since 1870.

 

Christmas is how Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus.  Before the arrival of the man called Jesus came along, Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter.  They also celebrated longer sunlight hours and that the worst part of winter was over. In the middle ages, Christmas celebrations were very rowdy, a lot like Mardi Gras parties nowadays.

 

The end of December was also celebrated because it was the only time of year that people had fresh meat because the cows were slaughtered so that they didn’t have to feed and take care of them in Winter.  Before Christmas was a thing, Easter was the most popular holiday. By the eighth century, Christmas had spread all around even to Scandanavia. Around 1819, Charles Dickens wrote the old tale of A Christmas Carol.

 

Christmas has been celebrated by many people for a long time and by the looks of it, will be for a long time from now.   

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