“I know”, my daughter exclaimed in excitement. “It is because that is the day of Jesus’ birthday”.
🙂 What a wonderful beauty to be surrounded with intelligent children.
Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, who we believe is the Son of God.
The name ‘Christmas’ comes from the Mass of Christ. A Mass service (which is sometimes called Communion) is where Christians remember that Jesus died for us and then came back to life. The ‘Christ-Mass’ service was the only one that was allowed to take place after sunset (and before sunrise the next day), so people had it at Midnight! So we get the name Christ-Mass, shortened to Christmas.
Christmas is now celebrated by people around the world, whether they are Christians or not. It’s a time when family and friends come together and remember the good things they have. People, and especially children, also like Christmas as it’s a time when you give and receive presents!
Why 25th though?
No one knows the real birthday of Jesus! No date is given in the Bible, so why do we celebrate it on the 25th December? The early Christians certainly had many arguments as to when it should be celebrated! The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th December.
However, there are many different traditions and theories as to why Christmas is celebrated on December 25th.
A very early Christian tradition said that the day when Mary was told that she would have a very special baby, Jesus was on March 25th – and it’s still celebrated today on the 25th March. Nine months after the 25th March is the 25th December. March 25th was also the day some early Christians thought the world had been made, and also the day that Jesus died as an adult.