The Origin Of Christmas
It is said that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary by the birth of the Holy Spirit. God sent the messenger Gabriel to tell Joseph in his dream, and told him not to ask her because she was pregnant without marriage. Instead, she would be married to her and call the child "Jesus", meaning that he would take the people from sin. Save it.
When Mary was about to give birth, the Roman government ordered that all people go to Bethlehem to declare their household registration. Joseph and Mary had to obey. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the sky was faint, but they could not find a hotel to stay overnight. Only one horse shed could stay. Just then, Jesus was born. So Mary only gave birth to Jesus on the manger. In order to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the posterity will be December 25th for Christmas, and the mass will be seen every year to commemorate the birth of Jesus.
At the beginning of the 4th century, on January 6th, the churches in the eastern part of the Roman Empire commemorated the twin festival of birth and baptism, known as the Epiphany, also known as the "appearance festival", that is, God showed himself to the world through Jesus. At that time, there was only the exception of the church in Lalu, where only the birth of Jesus was commemorated and the baptism of Jesus was commemorated. Post-historians found in the calendar of Christians in Rome that the page of December 25, 354, recorded: "Christ was born in Bethlehem in Judah." After research, it is generally believed that Christmas may begin on December 25th. The Roman church in AD 336 was passed to Antioch in Asia Minor in about 375 AD. It was passed to Alexandria in Egypt in 430 AD. The church in Jerusalem accepted the latest, while the Armenian church still insisted on January 6. Epiphany is the birth of Jesus.
December 25 Japan is the birth of the Persian sun god (the god of light) Mithra, a pagan festival, and the sun god is also one of the Roman gods. This day is the winter solstice of the Roman almanac. The pagans who worship the sun god regard this day as the hope of spring and the beginning of the recovery of all things. For this reason, the Roman church chose this day as Christmas. This is one of the measures that the church tried to Christianize the customs of the pagans in the early days. Later, although most churches accepted Christmas on December 25th, but the calendars used by the churches were different, the specific dates could not be unified, so the date of December 6th to the second year of January 6th was designated as Christmas. At Christmas Tide, churches around the country can celebrate Christmas during this festival according to local conditions. Since the majority of churches recognized Christmas on December 25th, the original Epiphany on January 6th only commemorated the baptism of Jesus, but the Catholic Church also designated January 6th as the "Three Kings to the North Festival" to commemorate The story of the worship of the three kings of the East (that is, three doctors) when Jesus was born. With the widespread spread of Christianity, Christmas has become an important holiday for Christians of all sects and even for the non-Christian masses.
In the fourth century AD, Nicholas was born in the city of Badala in Asia Minor. The family is rich and the parents are Christmas.
Very enthusiastic Catholic friend, unfortunately his parents died young. When Nicholas grew up, he donated all the rich property to poor and poor people. He went to the monks to worship the temple and serve the society for life. Nicholas later became a priest and was promoted to the Lord. In his life, he did a lot of charity work. He likes to help the poor in secret. Santa Claus is his later nickname. This name is from the story of his secretly sending money to help three girls.
Nicholas was revered as a saint after his death. He was a white-bearded old man in a red robe and a red cap. Every Christmas, he drove from the north with a deer sleigh, entered the house from the chimney, and placed Christmas presents in socks on the children's bedside or in front of the fire.