The Beginning of Christmas


Anna Caroline, Anchor

Many people enjoy the festivities of the Christmas holiday, such as tree decorating, caroling, wrapping gifts, looking at lights, and being with family, but they do not know the meanings and originations behind each festivity.

The holiday was first celebrated by the Romans in the year 336; however, it was not recognized by Christians as the day of Jesus’ birth until the early 9th century and was not noted as a national holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870.

In addition to celebrating the birth of Jesus and spending time with family, most people decorate a tree with ornaments and lights. This tradition began in 16th century Germany when Christians brought decorated trees or wooden pyramids into their homes.

Another enjoyable tradition of the holidays is gift giving, which is of Roman origin. Some people also love to drink eggnog during the Christmas holidays which began with John Smith’s first Jamestown settlement in 1607.

Now that you know a little more about the start of Christmas, maybe all the traditions and festivities will mean a little bit more.