Christmas

By Rosie Cooperman and Amber Nisbet

The History of Christmas

Christmas evolved over two millennia ago. But the fourth century was when they first decided to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The first three centuries, Christmas wasn't in December or on the calendar anywhere. Many people wonder how we found out Jesus’ exact birth date. There were many possible days; May 20, April 18, April 19, May 28, January 2, November 17, November 20, March 21 and March 25. We knew that he was born on a Wednesday, since the sun was created on the fourth day in Genesis. Scientists estimate that he was born from seven to four BC. But in 273 AD the Western Christians had decided on December 25th they would celebrate the birth of Jesus. Christmas used to be celebrated with Epaphany on January sixth.
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This is Mary holding Jesus after he was born

Christmas Traditions and Customs

Many Christians celebrate Christmas even some non-Christians celebrate it. People put up trees and decorate them with lights and ornaments. People also give gifts to each other and many people also believe there is a man named Santa Claus that puts presents under their tree. They also hang stockings for him to put presets in. The tradition of Santa Claus started in 1840 and it was made by the cartoon artist Thomas Nast.

Did You Know?

According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.


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This is a Christmas tree with presents under it.

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