Sunday, December 18, 2011

Why is Christmas celebrated 25 December

Why do we celebrate Christmas on 25 December, no-one is really sure why but here are a few ideas why

  • Mary being told she would have a special child Jesus on March 25th (This is called the Annunciation) - and it's still celebrated today on the 25th March. Nine months after the 25th March is the 25th December.

  • December 25th might have also been chosen because the Winter Solstice and the ancient pagan Roman midwinter festivals called 'Saturnalia' and 'Dies Natalis Solis Invicti' which took place in December around this date .

  • As Jesus was a Jew the Jewish festival of lights Hanukkah which starts on the 25th of Kislev (the month in the Jewish calendar that occurs at about the same time as December).

Which idea do you think is right cause i cant make up my mind