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Christmas is one of the largest holiday of the year for christians, it’s celebrated alongside Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other religion’s twist and reason for the holiday. Christmas is meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. People decorate their houses with trees, lights, and the colors red and green. We tell our children that on the night before Christmas day Santa will deliver all the presents they want and will leave them under the tree to be found in the morning, this is due to the story of St. Nicholas. Around 280 A.D. he gave away much of his wealth to the poor and sick. He was well known for his kindness. He would travel around Europe and help anyone he could. The name “Santa Claus” came from his dutch name “Sinter Klass”, when America heard of the Dutch Morning St. Nicholas’ death. Now that you know more about the history of christmas, here are some things that you may have never heard.
No One Knows when Jesus Was Born
Although we celebrate Christmas on December 25th and claim that is was the day Christ was born, it is never stated in the Bible the exact date he was born. The date was decided by the Catholic Church, they wanted to celebrate His birth be having a feast which was made for December 25th. The date has just carried on through history.
Christmas Was Banned Twice
Christmas was banned in both England and the United States. In England, 1644, it was made illegal due to it causing partying, along with a mass amount of drinking. When English set out to find the “New Land”, the English brought this doubt of Christmas with them. Christmas was also banned in the America’s after settlement and wasn’t made a federal holiday until nearly 1870.
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