Christmas has its roots not only in Christianity, but also in traditional winter solstice celebrations. In northern Europe, people brought live evergreens into their homes to remind themselves that the growing season was approaching. On Yule, the shortest day of the year, they lit the Yule log to welcome the sun back into their lives. Other celebrations similarly revolved around fire, the return of light, and revelry in general.
In the fourth century AD, Pope Julius I declared that Christmas would be observed on December 25. His choice of date made it easier for pagan converts to commemorate the birth of their lord without entirely giving up their own traditional celebrations.
Today, Christians all over the world regard Christmas as one of the holiest days of the year, and the birth of Christ Child. Celebrating by attending religious services, exchanging cards and gifts, and spending time with family.
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