Christmas in 2022 | Origin, Definition, Traditions, History, & Facts

Christmas Day 2022

Christmas Day 2022

For the year 2022, Christmas Day will be celebrated on Sunday, December 25. Federal employees, like the majority of Americans, will be off work on Monday, December 26 to celebrate Christmas Day.

Dates for Christmas Day from 2021 to 2025

HolidayDateDays to Go
Christmas Day 2021Saturday, December 25, 2021-69
Christmas Day 2022Sunday, December 25, 2022296
Christmas Day 2023Monday, December 25, 2023661
Christmas Day 2024Wednesday, December 25, 20241027
Christmas Day 2025Thursday, December 25, 20251392

What is Christmas?

Christmas began as a Christian celebration commemorating Jesus' birth, but it evolved into a secular family holiday celebrated by Christians and non-Christians equally in the early twentieth century. The fabled persona of Santa Claus plays a significant part in the secular celebration, which is generally devoid of Christian aspects.

When is Christmas celebrated?

Many Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25th, according to the Gregorian calendar. This day corresponds to January 7 on the Gregorian calendar for Eastern Orthodox churches that continue to utilise the Julian calendar for liturgical observances. In most European nations, gifts are exchanged on Christmas Eve, but in North America, gifts are exchanged on Christmas morning.

Why is Christmas Day on the 25th December?

Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, whom Christians believe to be God's Son.

The word 'Christmas' is derived from the Christ's Mass. (or Jesus). A Mass service (also known as Communion or Eucharist) is a moment for Christians to remember that Jesus died for us and then rose again. The only ceremony that could take place after sunset (and before sunrise the next day) was the 'Christ-Mass,' therefore folks had it at Midnight! As a result, we have the name Christ-Mass, which has been reduced to Christmas.

People all around the world, whether Christians or not, today celebrate Christmas. It's a time when family and friends gather together to celebrate their blessings.

How is Christmas celebrated?

Some of the most popular Christmas customs, many of which have no Christian origins, are shared by Christians and non-Christians alike. Decorating evergreen trees—or, in India, mango or bamboo trees; eating (picnics and fireworks are common in warm climes); and giving gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning are just a few of these traditions.

Does Christmas have pagan roots?

December 25 was celebrated in ancient Rome as the Day of the Unconquered Sun, heralding the return of longer days. It came after Saturnalia, a feasting and gift-exchanging event. In the 4th century, during the reign of Constantine, the first Christian emperor, the church in Rome began celebrating Christmas on December 25th, probably to diminish pagan traditions.

Did Christmas start in Germany?

Christmas did not originate in Germany, But many of the holiday's customs, such as tree decoration, did. Christmas was first celebrated in Rome in 336, but it was not until the 9th century that it became a prominent Christian event.

How people celebrate Christmas.

Christmas 2022

  • The way of celebrating Christmas is different in different countries.
  • People visits visit the Church in the evening, light up a candle as it is the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ.
  • To increase the joy of the day, people decorate their houses with lights, stars also bring a tree and decorate it also.
  • After the prayer in the church, there is a Christmas carol.
  • The most beautiful time of Christmas is that people share their time with family.
  • Christmas is mostly like by the kids, as it is a festival of gifts, they wait for Santa Claus to arrive.

Origin and Development Of  Christmas

The early Christian community made a distinction between determining the date of Jesus' birth and celebrating it liturgically. The real commemoration of Jesus' birth took a long time to arrive. During the first two centuries of Christianity, there was tremendous hostility to commemorating martyrs' or, for that matter, Jesus' birthdays. Several Church Fathers made scathing remarks on the pagan habit of celebrating birthdays when, according to the church, saints and martyrs should be honoured on the days of their martyrdom, which are their genuine "birthdays."

It's unknown where the date December 25 was chosen as Jesus' birth date. In this aspect, the New Testament is silent. Sextus Julius Africanus initially selected December 25 as the date of Jesus' birth in 221 and it eventually became the internationally recognized date. The dies solis invicti nati ("day of the birth of the unconquered sun"), a famous Roman Empire celebration that honoredSolis the winter solstice as a sign of the sun's resurgence, was Christianized on December 25, according to one common theory.

The end of winter and the beginning of spring and summer. Indeed, Christian authors regularly emphasized the link between the rebirth of the sun and the birth of the Son after December 25 became commonly acknowledged as the day of Jesus' birth. One of the problems with this viewpoint is that it implies a casual readiness on the side of the Christian church to take a pagan holiday when the early church was so adamant about definitively differentiating itself from pagan beliefs and practises.

According to a second theory, December 25 was chosen as the date of Jesus' birth based on a priori reasoning that identified the spring equinox as the date of the world's creation and the fourth day of creation, when light was formed, as the day of Jesus' conception (i.e., March 25). The date of Jesus' birth was changed to December 25, nine months later. For a long time, the birth of Jesus was commemorated in conjunction with his baptism, which took place on January 6.

In the 9th century, Christmas became extensively celebrated with a unique liturgy, but it lacked the liturgical significance of Good Friday or Easter, the other two great Christian feasts. The first Christmas mass is held at midnight in Roman Catholic churches, while Christmas candlelight services are increasingly held late on the evening of December 24 in Protestant churches. A unique service of "lessons and carols" combines Christmas carols with Scripture readings that tell the storey of redemption from the Garden of Eden through Christ's arrival. The service, which was started by E.W. Benson and adopted by the University of Cambridge, has gained a lot of traction.

Story of Santa Claus

Santa Claus

For kids, Christmas is nothing without Santa Claus. But no one knows who exactly is Santa.

In Bible, there is nowhere mentioned about Santa Claus, also after the death of Jesus people don't use to celebrate it.

Christmas was considered as a festival after so many long time, due to this we can definitely be sure that Jesus was not at all Santa, then the question again arises that who was Santa Claus. Well, there exists no proof about it, but there are many theories about Santa Claus. Let's look over some of the famous theories.

Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas was born after 200-300 years of Jesus' Died. He lost his family at a very young age. Whenever he use to see the poor children, he becomes very attached to them.

Thus he use to give gifts/chocolates to poor children and make them happy. But people again questioned why he use to disguise himself and distribute the gifts on 25th December night?

There is no such proof about it, but this is one of the very famous stories.

Devil Satan

This story is very strange to accept. People say that Satan(who is the devil) is himself Santa. Satan was thrown out from heaven and from then onwards he decided to take revenge on it.

The supporting factors of the stories are:

1) Satan and Santa have similar words in their name, if 'n' is replaced within their words they both are the anniversarysame.

2) Christmas is celebrated as the birth aniversary of Jesus but the famous carol song of Christmas "Jingle Bells" doesn't have anything related to Jesus.

3) Devil is known as the king of the Dark, thus he comes at night to distribute the gifts at dark.

4) Doing this, kids remember Christmas in the name of Santa Claus and not in the name of Jesus which the devil himself wanted.

5) There is nowhere mentioned about Santa Claus in the Bible.

People also say that to divert the mind from Jesus on Christmas, Santa came into the picture.

Though he has never harmed any kids, instead he loves kids that is the reason why he gives gifts to kids.

In dispite of all the facts, these were just stories. There is no such proof to support them.

The joy of giving on Christmas eve.

The joy of giving is far greater than the joy of receiving.

There are so many ways people find a way to give to others by donating to a charity fund or by cooking a little extra meal to provide for someone to any needy one, or by giving a gift to someone that otherwise wouldn’t have had it. 

Significance of Christmas/About Jesus Christ

The festival of Christmas is celebrated mainly to remember the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ was born in the era of ignorance, superstition, greed, hatred, and hypocrisy. 

Christ made the transformation in the lives of people. He gave a new life to man. People started living a new way of life due to Christ and thus he brought a new era to the world.

He lived a life in which people has no thoughts about God or higher spirituality. This is the real Christmas when the Divine element begins to express itself in the heart of the man and from then onward, light begins to shine where darkness was before. 

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