The History of Christmas


Carsyn Lincks

     Christmas started with the birth of Jesus Christ but has changed with the different religions around the world. The Christmas holiday is both a sacred religious and a worldwide culture and commercial phenomenon. In the USA Christmas has been celebrated on the 25 of December since 1870. But even before the birth of Christ, the middle of December was still a time for celebration. There was the celebration of light and birth in Europe which was celebrated on the darkest day of winter. The Norse from Scandinavia celebrates Yule on December 21 through January.  Also, many people celebrated the winter solstice which is when it stays lighter longer and the worst days of winter are behind them. They would celebrate this because it would be the time the men would come back with firewood and they would feat until the wood burned out. That could take up to 12 days. But in the early 17th century there was a religious change to how Europe celebrates Christmas. When a man named Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan forces took over England in 1645. They wanted to rid England of decadence and with that canceled Christmas. But by popular demand Charles ll was restored the throne and with that brought back Christmas.