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Christmas in the Middle Ages

Merry Christmas everyone!

Here’s an interesting article about the origins of Christmas and how it was celebrated during the Middle Ages.

(excerpt from the article):

Meanwhile, the new religion of Christianity was also developing a series of their own special days, and around the year 300, it was decided that a feast day would be held in honour of Christ’s birth.  Unfortunately, the actual date of Jesus’ birth was not recorded in the gospels or any other early Christian writings.  Since it was a common practice at the time for emperors to celebrate their birthdays on dates abitrarily chosen, it was decided to pick a date for Jesus’ birthday, and December 25th was selected. The theological basis for this date was that it fell exactly nine months from March 25th, which was believed to be the day on which the world was created, and would also be the date of Christ’s conception.

Read the article here.

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1 Comment

  1. Ole Haug says:

    Very interesting. I’m currently working on “The War on Christmas” Personally I think the whole thing is a bunch of baloney from both sides, but we shall see. I was inspired to write when I saw a facebook photo of a sales board that said, “Christmas trees for Christians Only – $45”

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