The Christmas holiday is one of the longest-standing traditions in the world. It is observed on December 25th in most countries. But how did Christmas start? How did it become such an important holiday? Here are some of the myths and facts about the holiday. Firs, Jesus birth was not supernatural or historical. Instead, it was the product of pagan customs that predate the birth of Jesus.

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Christmas was actually celebrated in the early sixth century. The Magi, or angels, who are believed to have brought the Savior to the baby Jesus, suggested that the holiday may have something to do with gift-giving. It also reminded Christians that Jesus was God’s gift to them. Hence, Christmas has become a secular holiday. Puritans opposed Christmas even tried to ban the holiday in England and the United States.

In ancient times, Christmas was also celebrated widely. It was a celebration of giving gifts to friends and family. The Christmas season saw a lot more commercialization. Merchants were able to sell a wide range of goods in thousands of stores that were geared towards children. Moreover, adults felt pressured financially and tried to come up with outstanding celebrations. It was nearly impossible to keep the traditions simple but authentic. Many Christians decided to do whatever it took to celebrate the occasion.

In most European countries, Christmas Eve is celebrated with gift-giving. In North America, the exchange of gifts takes place on Christmas morning. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the gift-giving tradition was very small and was confined to the early hours of December 25. The Puritans attempted to stop the celebration of the holiday, banning it in Europe and in the U.S., but this was unsuccessful. Many people became more aware of the holiday and continued to celebrate it over the centuries.

Christmas has a long history in the United States. It was a Christian holiday for the first century, but it was not celebrated for another two hundred years. During the early twentieth century, Christians in Virginia and New York celebrated it. The Moravian settlers of Bethlehem embraced the holiday with enthusiasm. They set up the first American Nativity scene and the first Christmas tree in America. After the American Revolution, Christmas fell out of favor and was now an English custom.