Christmas: Saturnalia And The Merging Christianity

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The Beginning of Christmas

Christmas is the most universally recognized holiday in the modern world. The holiday is celebrated on the 25th of December, and for many it is considered the most joyous time of the year. But where did it all begin?

Christmas like most holidays, derives from pagan roots and was merged with universal theology to create a holiday that could be celebrated by millions. Christmas is a unique melting pot of ideas and traditions.

Saturnalia and the Merging Christianity
As many holidays, part of Christmas celebrations finds its root in pagan holidays. The Romans were among the first to have Christmas like celebrations when they celebrated Saturnalia. Saturnalia was a holiday to honor the god Saturn, who was the god of agriculture, wealth, and liberation. Saturnalia was a celebration that occurred
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Almost every culture in the world has their own Santa origin story. Most of these stories are based around a real life person named Nicholas. Nicholas was born in 270 CE in Turkey and was later made a Bishop of Myra. It is believed that he died somewhere around 345 CE and was sainted during the 19th century. Not much is known about his life except that he was a very jolly person and that he gave to charity quite often. After his death, a sort of cult following happened. Members of his cult would give gifts to children on the day of St. Nicholas’ death which was assumed to be around the 6th of December. This gift giving was extended to filling stockings full of small prizes for children that had been good and virtuous. Families that celebrated the saint would come together and feast in his honour. Eventually the church decided to incorporate Christmas and St. Nicholas, and instead of children receiving gifts on the 6th of December, they would now have their feast and receive their gifts on the 25th of December, in celebration of Jesus Christ’s
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