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A history of the celebration of Christmas

Christmas wasnt celebrated by the early church until the fourth century. In the fourth century, the church decided to try to redeem a Roman pagan winter solstice festival: the festival of Saturnalia. This December holiday was considered the "birthday of the unconquered sun." Romans danced in the streets with gifts under their arms and greenery atop their heads. Based on Biblical evidence Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in the fall near the Jewish feast of Tabernacles or in the spring around the time of Passover. Sometime before 336 the Church in Rome, unable to stamp out the pagan festival of Saturnalia, spiritualized it as the "Feast of the Nativity of the Sun of Righteousness." December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I. The practice was adopted by the Christian church in Antioch around 374. By 380 it was being observed in Constantinople, and by 430 in Alexandria. During the Middle Ages, Catholic priests sought connections between biblical teachings and pagan traditions - believing that a convergence of customs would lead more individuals to Christianity. The celebration of Jesus birth was melded into other age-old practices and became known as the "Christ mass." Firelight represented the light of Christ. Trees were decorated with apples associated with the biblical Garden of Eden.

O istorie a srbtorii de Crciun

Crciunul nu a fost srbtorit de ctre biserica timpurie pn n secolul al patrulea. n secolul al patrulea, Biserica a hotrt s ncerce s valorifice un festival roman pgn al solstiiului de iarn: Festivalul Saturnalia. Aceast srbtoare de Decembrie a fost considerat "Ziua de natere a soarelui nenfrnt." Romanii au dansat n strad cu darurile sub braele lor i verdea deasupra capetelor lor. Pe baza dovezilor biblice, Isus din Nazaret a fost, probabil, nscut n toamn lng srbtoarea evreiasc a corturilor, sau n primvara anului n timpul Patelui. Cndva, nainte de anul 336, Biserica din Roma, fiind n imposibilitatea de a celebra Festivalul pgn Saturnalia, l-a spiritualizat ca fiind "Praznicul Naterii Soarelui Dreptii." Iar ziua de 25 decembrie a fost aleas pentru celebrarea naterii Domnului de ctre Papa Julius I, practic adoptat de ctre biseric cretin din Antiohia n jurul anului 374. Prin anul 380 a fost adoptata si de catre Constantinopol, iar n 430 de Alexandria. n Evul Mediu, preoii catolici au cutat conexiuni intre nvturile biblice i tradiiile pgne creznd c o convergen ar converti mai multe persoane la cretinism. Celebrarea naterii lui Iisus "a fost adoptata i de alte religii, devenind mai cunoscut sub numele de "Cina cea de tain". Lumina flcrilor reprezentnd lumina lui Hristos. Copacii au fost decorai cu mere n amintirea Grdinii Edenului biblic.