When Is Christmas? Why Is It Celebrated In December?

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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day fall on the same days in December in the modern era. On December 24, Christmas Eve, and on December 25, Christmas Day, respectively. The days of the week for Christmas vary each year, but the numbered dates do not. Christmas Day is on December 25, 2022, on a Sunday. On Sunday, November 27, Advent will begin, and it will last through Saturday, December 24. The first day of the Twelve Days of Christmas in 2022 is December 25 and the last day is January 5, 2023.

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Origin of Christmas Eve

For many years, December 24 also identified as Christmas Eve, people all around the world celebrated Christmas as a season rather than just a single-day event. Perhaps the custom of making merry the night before the big event is a holdover from the time of Jewish reckoning in antiquity.

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A Jewish day used to start at six in the evening and end at six the next evening. Moses had already penned, “An evening and a morning were the first day.”

Christmas simply means “Christ-mas.” Although the exact date is uncertain, the custom of celebrating it dates at least to the fourth century. In Europe, pagan solstice rituals were replaced by Christian customs thanks to the church.

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Why Is Christmas Celebrated in December?

There are two main explanations for why we celebrate Christmas on December 25. People of those days and members of many religions observed some kind of festival at that time.

The sheer number of celebration days with trees, decorations, and feasts from Jewish Chanukah to Pagan Winter Solstice to Germanic Yule to Roman Dies Natalis Solis Invicti seems to point to a season of celebration to which Christians added the birth of Jesus Christ as a counter-cultural event and perhaps even an escape from the pagan holidays for early believers.

Saturnalia, a celebration of liberation, giving, and the triumph of light after the longest night, took place on December 25. The Christian recognizes the reality that this pagan custom reflects, which includes: Christ as the Light of the world, His victory over the night of sin in Luke 1:78–79 “…Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

The second theory revolves around the date of March 25, which is “recognized” by the Western Church as the Immaculate Conception of Jesus in his mother, Mary’s womb. Since December 25 is 9 months later, it is observed as Christ’s birthday.

Regardless of the justifications for the date, the Eastern Church continued to observe January 6 for a while after the Western Church’s calendar was established under the reign of Constantine.

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