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Which religion was the first to celebrate Christmas?

What was the reasoning behind the celebration?

 
QandA

Asked by QandA at 10:58 PM on Mar. 26, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Truly it was a pagan holiday the winter soltace

    http://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/Christmas_TheRealStory.htm

    http://www.thercg.org/books/ttooc.html

    Here are some links to prove my "claims".
    hot-mama86

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 11:09 PM on Mar. 26, 2010

  • Christmas itself has always been a Christian holiday. However there have been Pagan Winter Solstice Celebrations dating back to the earliest discovered human civilizations. It was these traditions and myths (tree, ornaments, birth of a God, etc...) that have been altered to create the Christmas we know today.
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:05 PM on Mar. 26, 2010

  • OP, if you would like more links let me know... I have quite a few on this subject.
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:36 PM on Mar. 26, 2010

  • Every culture on the planet had some sort of mid-winter festival. Most of the American/European Christmas traditions are from the Germanic Yule holiday, and that's about celebrating your hearth, spending time with your family, giving thanks for the bounty that is lasting you through the winter. You invite everyone over, and to demonstrate the virtue of Hospitality, you have gifts for each of them. The Yule log is lit for the 12 days of the season, and then on Mother's Night, there is a huge feast at midnight.

    Then there's the great hunt. Children leave hay for Odin's horse in their shoes, and the next morning, the hay is gone and he's left them candy or little toys in their shoes for being so thoughtful. Odin is flying around on his horse determining who was good and who was bad (or naughty and nice if you prefer). The bad don't wake up again.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:41 PM on Mar. 26, 2010

  • CHRISTmas is celebrated as Jesus' birthday by Christians. Have you seriously never heard this???
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:47 PM on Mar. 26, 2010

  • Christmas is a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of the Messiah, God Incarnate in Jesus Christ. But as others have said many other cultures have mid-winter festivals that celebrate other things.
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 12:32 AM on Mar. 27, 2010

  • pagans have never celebrated Christmas, which is the birth of Christ. Christians celebrate the birth of Christ.
    gbaby01

    Answer by gbaby01 at 12:52 AM on Mar. 27, 2010

  • Pagans celebrate YULE on or around December 21st as the winter solstice, the time of the year when the days begin to lengthen, promising that spring will return, even though the winter is still long and cold. The promise of the rebirth of the SUN which will be manifest at the vernal equinox, also known as Ostara. As such, the Christians also have a celebration for the birth of their God's SON near the same time, usually celebrated on December 25th.
    pagan_mama

    Answer by pagan_mama at 9:46 AM on Mar. 27, 2010

  • Only followers of Christ celebrate a religious Christmas. The holiday of Christmas absorbed many of the traditions of the holidays it was attempting to replace, those celebrated around the same time by many cultures. They mythology behind Christmas is similar and in some cases almost identical, to many other myths and have deeper meanings than the birth of any man/god/hero.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:27 PM on Mar. 27, 2010

  • CHRISTmas is celebrated as Jesus' birthday by Christians. Have you seriously never heard this???

    Yes but it was adapted and changed in to Christmas. It was not originally that holiday. Most answers here were of rigin not what it is today. Also do you realise this was not Jesuses true day of birth?
    hot-mama86

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 4:03 PM on Mar. 27, 2010

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