CHRISTMAS KNOWLEDGE: THE FESTIVAL WAS BANNED BY PURITANS IN THE 17TH CENTURY BEFORE CHARLES DICKENS & OTHERS RESTORED IT AS A FAMILY REUNION

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The Hush Post: Today is the Christmas Eve. Did you know, when was Christmas celebrated first? Well, the first recorded Christmas celebration happened in Rome in 336 AD. It was also briefly banned by puritans in the 17th century associating it with drunkenness and other misbehaviours. It was restored as a legal holiday in 1660. In the early 19th century, Christmas was revived with the start of the Oxford movement in the Anglican Church. Charles Dickens and other famed writers reinvented the holiday by emphasising Christmas as a time for family, religion, gift-giving, and social reconciliation.

Choice of December 25 as date of celebration:

In the 3rd century, the date of birth of Jesus was the subject of both great interest and uncertainty among intellectuals. Around AD 200, Clement of Alexandria wrote: “There are those who have determined not only the year of our Lord’s birth, but also the day; and they say that it took place in the 28th year of Augustus, and in the 25th day of (the Egyptian month) Pachon (May 20).  Further, others say that he was born on the 24th or 25th of Pharmuthi April 20 or 21.

In other writing of this time, May 20, April 18 or 19, March 25, January 2, November 17, and November 20 are all various suggestions. There are factors and reasons contributing to the selection of December 25 as a date of celebration and not the actual date of Jesus’ birth. It was the date of the winter solstice on the Roman calendar and about nine months after March 25, the date of the vernal equinox and a date linked to the conception of Jesus.

History of Santa Claus

It was initially Saint Nicholas which became Sinter Klaas. Santa Claus is a derivate of Sinter Klaas. Santa Claus is said to make lists of children throughout the world and then brackets them as good and bad and delivers presents, including toys, and candy to all of the well-behaved children in the world, and coal to all the misbehaved children on the Christmas Eve. Ho Ho Ho…is the way Santa Claus laughs.Children can write to Santa Claus at: Santa Claus, Santa Claus Main Post Office FI-96930 Arctic Circle, Finland

Other facts about Christmas

  • Each year, 30-35 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States alone. There are 21,000 Christmas tree growers in the United States, and trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.
  • The Greek and Russian orthodox churches celebrate Christmas for 13 days after the 25th, which is also referred to as the Epiphany or Three Kings Day. This is the day it is believed that the three wise men finally found Jesus in the manger.
  • From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was outlawed in Boston, and law-breakers were fined five shillings.
  • Rudolph, “the most famous reindeer of all,” was the product of Robert L. May’s imagination in 1939. The copywriter wrote a poem about the reindeer to help entice customers into the Montgomery Ward department store.

The bazar boom due to Christmas: Christmas is typically a peak sale season for retailers in most American and European nations. Sales increase dramatically as people purchase gifts, decorations, and supplies to celebrate. In the U.S., the Christmas shopping season starts as early as October. In Canada, merchants begin advertising campaigns just before Halloween. In India, after Diwali, money transaction takes place during Christmas despite a smallest Christian population among four major religions. This is owing to the perception of secularity of the festival.

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