From origin of Christmas to why celebrate it?

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The celebration of Christmas began in the early fourth century. It has roots in both Christian and pagan traditions.

Winter Solstice

Many early Europeans celebrated light and birth during the winter solstice, rejoicing when the worst of winter was behind them.


In Scandinavia, the Norse celebrated Yule from December 21, the winter solstice, through January.

Jesus’ Birth

Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion.

December 25

The church fixed the date as December 25 in the early fourth century. This corresponds to the traditional date of the winter solstice on the Roman calendar.


Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends, and waiting for Santa Claus to arrive.

Federal Holiday

December 25—Christmas Day—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870.


Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God.


For Christians, Christmas is a time to reflect on the significance of Jesus’ birth, emphasizing themes of love, peace, and goodwill toward all.

Secular Holiday

Since the early 20th century, Christmas has also been a secular family holiday, observed by Christians and non-Christians and marked by an increasingly elaborate exchange of gifts.