Discussing :: What is the meaning/origin of Christmas?

#1

Ricky
What is the meaning/origin of Christmas?

I guess its many things to many people but what are the origins of the holiday? And where is it today? Where is it going?
For us we just enjoy getting family together with some coming from overseas, giving presents and watching little ones geting beside themselves.
I hope for more tolerance with beliefs, allowing a blending or at least respecting other groups traditions.

#2

shadowshaded

The origin is the birth of Jesus , the meaning of it is to give me gifts...

#3

lr

I think it's sad that lots of schools, workplaces, councils have taken the religiousness out of Christmas. I am not religious at all but if we are going to respect other culture's religious beliefs and ideas in this multi-cultural country of ours then we can't strip Christmas of it's Christian-ness.

#4

BoBo

have our first baby on the way and have actually had to discuss whether we'll celebrate xmas or not as we don't usually at home. it's great to get together with family but you can do that any time, well many can, xmas is all for the kids in my view, who doesn't like seeing a kid rip open their presents on xmas day, well except maybe for the thoughtful (read anally 'hospital cornered') present wrapper (she won't be reading this, i think im safe to say it). I'm not religious and it seems weird to celebrate something i dont believe in but to spur a kids imagination on is a good thing i reckon.

#5

DeeDee

wow I thought it was pretty standard the meaning and origin of Christmas but I suppose the celebration of it is different the world over and different cultures

#6

louise

I think its from a pagan tradition

#7

Ricky

Bingo! Louise. Most areas of Europe, pre Christian engaed in Seasonal based festivals. The biggest being around the time of the Winter Solstice (around 24Dec.) and the Spring equinox. Both trumpeting good times ahead in terms of weather for crops. As Christianity spread they needed a method to take away from this practice. This they largely achieved by celebrating the birth (xmas) and Easter (death) of their saviour.
Don't believe me? What is the name 'Easter' and why do the dates change?
Thank goodness, in both, original practices remain. This comes as a shock to alot of people to realise they have been duped by early Christians.

#8

Peter T

Just thinking of Christmas it is almost 2 months away. While people are thinking of holidays and bbqs lets not forget Christmas is a christen occasion celebrating the birth of Christ - Jesus.

#9

Shaun

Just Googled it....
"Although millions of people celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec. 25, most scholars agree that he wasn't born on that day, or even in the year 1 A.D.
Researchers believe the Roman Catholic Church settled on Dec. 25 for many reasons, such as that date's ties to the winter solstice and Saturnalia, a festival dedicated to the Roman deity Saturn. By choosing this day to celebrate Jesus' birthday, the church could co-opt the popular pagan festival, as well as the winter celebrations of other pagan religions. But nobody really knows exactly when Jesus was born"

#10

Nos4R2D2

I am a Christian but I do not celebrate Christmas because it is a pagan festival introduced by the Roman Catholic Church in the year 354 A.D.

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