SO iTS CHRiSTMAS TiME. 8 DAYS TO GO GUYS. ARE YOU GUYS PREPARED?
ALRiGHT. SiNCE CHRiSTMAS iS COMiNG, LETS TALK ABOUT THE HiSTORY OF CHRiSTMAS.. ANYBODY KNOW THE STORY BEHiND THE CELEBRATiON?
WELL, LET ME GiVE YOU MY SHARE AND UNDERSTANDiNG ABOUT THiS OCCASSiON..
THEBASiC DESCRiPTiON OF XMAS iS ALL ABOUT JESUS CHRiST BiRTH.
WHEREiN, HiS FATHER DECiDED TO LET JESUS CHRiST STAY ON EARTH TO BE THE "TAGA PAG LiGTAS OF SANLiBUTAN"
BUT, DiD YOU KNOW THAT ASiDE FROM THE KNOWN QUOTATiON ABOUT THiS OCCASSiON W/C SYMBOLiZES AS SHARiNG OR GiViNG THERE'S ACTUALLY A DEEPER HiSTORY BEHiND THiS. WELL FORTHBELOW WiLL GiV US A BETTER AND A BiT KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THiS OCCASSiON.
iTS A TRADiTiON THAT START SiNCE AD.354 OH!
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NOT AWARE ABOUT A.D THAT MEANS, AFTER DEATH OF JESUS..
BASiCALLY, 25th of DECEMBER iS JUST A REPLACEMENT OF THE ORiGiNAL TRADiTiON OF THE WESTERN. THE FiRST DECLARED DATE WERE CELEBRATED ON THE 6th of JANUARY. AKALAiN MO UN.. HAHA!
The Christians had by then appropriated many pagan festivals and traditions of the season, that were practiced in many parts of the Middle East and Europe, as a means of stamping them out.
There were mid-winter festivals in ancient Babylon and Egypt, and Germanic fertility festivals also took place at this time. The birth of the ancient sun-god Attis in Phrygia was celebrated on December 25th, as was the birth of the Persian sun-god, Mithras. The Romans celebrated Saturnalia, a festival dedicated to Saturn, the god of peace and plenty, that ran from the 17th to 24th of December. Public gathering places were decorated with flowers, gifts and candles were exchanged and the population, slaves and masters alike, celebrated the occasion with great enthusiasm.
In Scandinavia, a period of festivities known as Yule contributed another impetus to celebration, as opposed to spirituality. As Winter ended the growing season, the opportunity of enjoying the Summer's bounty encouraged much feasting and merriment.
The Celtic culture of the British Isles revered all green plants, but particularly mistletoe and holly. These were important symbols of fertility and were used for decorating their homes and altars.
New Christmas customs appeared in the Middle Ages. The most prominent contribution was the carol, which by the 14th century had become associated with the religious observance of the birth of Christ.
In Italy, a tradition developed for re-enacting the birth of Christ and the construction of scenes of the nativity. This is said to have been introduced by Saint Francis as part of his efforts to bring spiritual knowledge to the laity.
Saints Days have also contributed to our Christmas celebrations. A prominent figure in today's Christmas is Saint Nicholas who for centuries has been honored on December 6th. He was one of the forerunners of Santa Claus.
Another popular ritual was the burning of the Yule Log, which is strongly embedded in the pagan worship of vegetation and fire, as well as being associated with magical and spiritual powers.
Celebrating Christmas has been controversial since its inception. Since numerous festivities found their roots in pagan practices, they were greatly frowned upon by conservatives within the Church. The feasting, gift-giving and frequent excesses presented a drastic contrast with the simplicity of the Nativity, and many people throughout the centuries and into the present, condemn such practices as being contrary to the true spirit of Christmas.
The earliest English reference to December 25th as Christmas Day did not come until 1043.
SOME OF THOSE iNFORMATiONS ARE ACTUALLY DERiVED FROM A SiTE THAT TALKS ABOUT THE HiSTORY OF CHRiSTMAS. iM ACTUALLY GUiLTY COS, 60% OF THOSE iNFORMATiONS APPEAR AS "NEW iNFO" FOR ME. BUT, DO YOU BELiEVE THAT CHRiSTMAS iS NEVER METiON iN THE HOLY BiBLE? EVEN THE EXACT BiRTHDATE DATE OF JESUS CHRiST IS NOT THERE. ARE YOU GUYS ALSO AWARE THAT iT WAS NEVER STATED OR iNSTRUCT BY GOD THAT WE NEED TO CELEBRATE THE BiRTH DATE OF HiS SON, JESUS CHRiST? SURPRiSiNGLY, iTS REALLY NOT iN THE BiBLE.
SO, HOW COME THAT WE ARE CELEBRATiNG XMAS WiTHOUT ANY iNFO FROM THE BiBLE.?
WELL, THAT i DONT KNOW. MAYBE SOON. HEHE! CGURO, WERE USED TO iT. OR PARANG TRADiTiONAL NA.
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