People all over the world are looking forward to Christmas Day on December 25. While Christmas is known as a day meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the reason it takes place on the 25th of December actually has very little to do with him.
Believe it or not, Christmas was not always celebrated on this date. In fact, it was not until three centuries after Jesus’ birth that Christians began to celebrate Christmas on December 25. The Bible itself never mentions a specific date for when Jesus was born, and passages in the book that mention sheep have caused biblical scholars to conclude that he was actually born in the spring.
Some believe that the date December 25 came from Roman Catholic historian Sextus Julius Africanus, who dated Jesus’s conception to March 25, nine months before December 25, in AD 221.
On top of that, early Christian leaders saw the celebration of birthdays as a pagan ritual, so the day of Jesus’s resurrection and the Feast of the Epiphany, which commemorates the three Wise Men visiting Jesus and Easter, were originally celebrated more than Jesus’ birthday.
It wasn’t until AD 336 that the church in Rome officially began celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 25. Emperor Constantine had made Christianity the official religion of the Roman empire by then, but Christians at the time weren’t too keen on celebrating this holiday. Christmas did not really catch on as a major holiday until the ninth century, and today, it is widely regarded as one of the most important holidays of the year!