Be it twinkling lights, streets cladded with snow, air imbued with aroma of freshly baked cookies and cakes, Christmas trees adorned with cute little things, stockings hanging in living rooms, those melodious choirs or turkey dinner with family, gifts secretly keep under Xmas tree and shouts of Merry Christmas; honestly, there is not one single thing you can deny to love about Christmas and Winters. And most importantly, it’s the time of the year where you have to dress up to nines. Literally, fashion can be seen bubbling in every nook and corner of the town. But before essaying outfit ideas for the occasion, let’s talk about the festival itself.
All this time, I celebrated Christmas on 25th December owing the day to be as Jesus’s birthday. But, after a careful analysis lately, I landed at a mind boggling fact; Jesus was never born on this day. Sounds Greek to you? Honestly, the exact birth of Jesus is not mentioned in the Bible. Few claimed it to be the month of spring as shepherds tending flock of sheep heard the news of this angel’s birth. Had it been winter, sheeps would have been corralled. Another reference of the appearance of “Star of Bethlehem” augurs the season of autumn or spring. Also, Mary and Joseph visit to Bethlehem would have not been on the spur of the moment. Few traces signify it to be the time of “Jewish festival of Passover” in spring.
So, why does the celebration of Christmas on 25th December prevails ?
It is deemed that the church officials wanted the date to coincide with the existing pagan festivals such as Saturnalia, an ancient Roman festival in honor of the god Saturn, Mithraism, worship of the Persian God of Light, WInter Solstice and few others. As Christianity was slowly embraced back then owing to predisposition towards paganism, 25th December was deemed to be the birth of Jesus. Well, in some parts of the world, such as Ethiopia, Russia, Serbia, Greece and few others, Christmas is not celebrated on 25th December but 6th January. Owing to the discrepancies between Gregorian calendar and Julian Calendar, the traditions differ as well.
P.S: 25th December is not only Christmas but also marks the celebration of various cultures.
Anyways, Merry Christmas Guys. Happy Holidays !