The History of Christmas

Christmas Holiday

Christmas Holiday: Resources for Celebrating

When the red and green lights and wreaths appear and the sounds of familiar carols echo in the streets,it’s time to celebrate the Christmas holiday again. This Christmas Holiday Web Guide presents the history of Christmas, illuminates how and why we celebrate certain customs, and reveals the best places to look for Christmas recipes, decorations and gift ideas. Whether you have a religious view of the holiday or simply enjoy the Christmas spirit, the resources below can help you make merry with your friends and family all through the season.

The History of Christmas

The history of Christmas predates the birth of Christ. In Scandinavia, the Norse celebrated Yule from December 21 through January to honor the winter solstice. In Rome, Saturnalia honored Saturn, the god of agriculture, during the month of December. These holidays coincided with the winter solstice as a means of bringing light and joy into people’s lives during the darkest months of the year—as Christmas does today. Did you know that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25? Find out why the date was chosen and how Christmas customs developed using the sites below.

Insights for the History of Christmas

  • Although the sites listed here have valuable cultural information, be mindful that sites maintained by religious groups may have missionary content. 

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Christmas Traditions

As the celebration evolved, many unique Christmas traditions came into practice. ... read more »

Christmas Recipes

Nothing brings the family together like a busy kitchen. The smell of simmering spices and a hot ... read more »

Christmas Decorations and Crafts

Another great way to get into the holiday spirit is by decorating your home with Christmas ... read more »

Buying Christmas Supplies and Gifts

Although some people love holiday and Christmas shopping, others bristle at the thought of long ... read more »

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