Updated: Feb 9
By: Jordan Snyder
Many people know Christmas as the holiday where we give and receive gifts, make cookies, and do typical holiday activities. However, the history of Christmas is much more meaningful than that. The real reason we celebrate Christmas is the birth of Jesus Christ.
Many theorists suggest that Jesus may not have been born in December but rather in the spring; so why is Christmas celebrated when it is? When Church officials settled on December 25 they likely wanted Christmas to line up with existing pagan festivals. No one really knows if this is true or not, but Christians still continue to believe the birth happened on December 25.
Now moving on to the traditions that were formed from this, commonly seen during the holiday season are nativity scenes, these recreate the scene from when Jesus was born. These include baby Jesus, his parents, Mary and Joseph, and the three wise men inside the stable where the birth happened.
The reason people give gifts during the holiday season is because of the wise men. When they heard Jesus had been born they followed the Star of Bethlehem to find him and bring gifts. People follow this tradition and each year give gifts to their loved ones.
The Star of Bethlehem is a very significant part of Christmas, the wise men knew if they followed the star they would find the stable right under it. This is where the tradition of putting a star at the top of your Christmas tree came from and it symbolizes the star that was followed that night. Christmas is an amazing time and different families, cultures, and religions have many traditions, but it's important that we remember the true meaning of Christmas; the birth of Jesus Christ.