For many of those who celebrate the Christmas season, it is the happiest time of the year. Families and friends get together to celebrate the holiday by putting up decorations, exchanging gifts, sharing meals, and enjoying each other’s company. Although Christmas means holiday movie marathons, Christmas music, eggnog, and other family traditions to lots of people, there are some facts about Christmas that aren’t as well known. Let’s take a look beyond the colored lights and presents under the tree to learn some lesser-known facts about Christmas that might change the way you see this cherished annual holiday.
December 25 Was Originally Celebrated By Pagan Religions
Although Christmas supposedly marks the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25, there isn’t actually any mention of the date in the Bible. Historians even suspect that Jesus was most likely born in the spring. It is assumed that December 25 was chosen because it coincided with the ancient pagan festival of Saturnalia.
This festival celebrated the agricultural god Saturn with partying, gambling, and gift-giving. Many current Christmas traditions can be traced back to Saturnalia, such as using evergreen trees as decoration, gift-giving, and celebrating with friends and family.