One will find that the commonly known holiday all around the world, Christmas replaced the pagan Scandinavian holiday JÃ_l. The holiday merged to become "Noel", which originates from the Old French word "noÃ«l" or "naÃ«l".
Christmas eve is not a holiday on Christmas is a holiday so Christmas Eve is the day before Christmas you can't celebrate Christmas eve its not a holiday
The early Christians did not celebrate Christmas. Many parts of the celebration of Christmas were originally from pagan religions, and were celebrated by non-Christians. In around 300 AD, the celebration of Christmas became a Roman Catholic holiday, and gradually thereafter was accepted by Protestants also. Even many early settlers in the colonies which became the US did not celebrate Christmas because they saw it as a pagan holiday. It was not seen by these Christians as having anything to do with Christ.
Christmas is a birthday celebration for the savior of the world, Jesus Christ. The celebration began when pagan Romans declared a week of lawlessness to be December 17-25. The Christians did not like the pagan festival so they decided to take the last day of the pagan celebration, December 25, and make it a time to remember the birth of Jesus.
Yes, Christmas is considered a holiday.
Christmas was declared a federal holiday in 1870.
Yes Christmas is a Pagan Holiday. Here's a link to the Unwrapping of Christmas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlxIA0kz-yk.
It was a Pagan Holiday for thousands of years. The first mention of Christmas a a Christian holiday is in the 4th Century document "Chronography of 354"
December 25th is actually the date of one of the highest pagan holidays. When the king wanted everyone to turn to Christianity he forced everyone to celebrate the christian holiday by making it on the same day as the highest pagan holiday. I am not sure of the names w/o further research I just know this from religious courses I took in college. There was no major, public pagan Holiday on December 25th. Christmas does not mean anything to a pagan. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
It's believed by historians, that the celebration of Christmas, as a holiday, was started from pagan (unchristian) festivals.
As the "Christian Holiday" of Christmas, pagans do not celebrate it. As a modern day secular holiday, pagans celebrate it as any other secular holiday. The Christians in the Roman Empire originally celebrated Christmas on the same day as the Roman pagan holiday of Saturnalia, so the "christmas" holiday has gone full circle: from a holiday for pagans to a holiday for christians to a holiday for pagans..........
Nothing special. Since Christmas is not a Christian holiday but a pagan one rather.
Many of the holidays we have today like Christmas and New years are based in part around former Pagan Celebrations. No holiday is bad. Holidays are times of celebration and family gatherings.
It has something to do with Pagan traditions, as Christmas is Pagan holiday historically speaking, not in fact a Christian one. In general it is a symbol of friendship and celebration, but then again it really depends on what your religion is - and where you live.
Christmas is a universal holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, over 2000 years ago. There is speculation that celebrating Christmas in Dec. allowed the persecuted Christians to hold their festivities 'undercover' while the pagan population celebrated their own pagan holiday, which I believe was celebrating the Sun.
Yes, Christmas is a pagan holiday. It was a popular holiday celebrated throughout the Roman Empire. Catholics thought that it felt appropriate to make the December 25 holiday (the birthday of the sun god Sol Invictus) the birthday of Christ Jesus. Though no verse in the Bible specifies the exact birth date of Christ Jesus.
The religious holiday of Christmas (as opposed to the secular holiday) was originally Christian, of course - Christ's Mass - altho it coopted a pagan Roman holiday. Christ was probably born in the Spring, most certainly not in late December.
Muslims do not celebrate Christmas day, because Christmas is considered a Christian holiday with pagan roots. Muslims celebrate Ramadan, which is a day of prayer and fasting.