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The real meaning of Christmas.. - Carers UK Forum

The real meaning of Christmas..

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Is that it is a pagan festival, which was hijacked twice: firstly by the Christians, and then later by Coca-Cola .. read on..
It is the time of year when we celebrate Christmas with our friends and family! Many celebrate Christmas by celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God and was born in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago.

Many others, however, celebrate Christmas as a season of goodwill without any religious celebration.

Most of us buy our friends and family gifts, put up a Christmas tree, decorate our house, send each other Christmas cards and have food/drink that is today associated with Christmas (I’m sure you aren’t shy to a mince pie or two...).

However, did you know that it has only been in the past 200 years that we have been celebrating Christmas as we know it today? It wasn’t until the 1800s that people started to exchange gifts with each other.

With the rise of industry and consumerism (especially with the rise of high street shops and companies) since the 19th Century, Christmas began to take on gift giving. Many merchants knew that they could make a lot of money out of holidays, and therefore encouraged people to buy Christmas presents from them.

Did you know that Jesus wasn’t actually born on December 25th and his birthday is actually unknown? His birth date isn’t even mentioned in the Bible and many actually think he was actually born in spring time! In fact, there is no evidence to suggest that his birthday was even celebrated at all in the first 200 years after his death.

How then did people come to celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25th?

The first recorded date of Christmas celebration on December 25th was in 336AD during time of Roman Emperor Constantine, who had converted to Christianity and wanted to spread the religion.

December 25th was chosen because of festivals that already took place around that time of year. In December, Jews celebrate Hanukkah (‘The Festival of Lights’) and in the 4th Century there was a Winter Solstice celebration and ancient Pagan Roman midwinter festivals called ‘Saturnalia’ and ‘Dies Natalis Solis Invictus’.

It is said that the Emperor Constantine merged Pagan celebrations into Christmas to help spread Christianity across the Roman Empire. Soon Christianity spread across the Mediterranean to Central and Northern Europe and soon Christmas was widely celebrated.

Santa Claus

Did you know that Santa Claus is based on a 4th Century Saint and Greek Bishop called Saint Nicholas? Saint Nicholas had a reputation for secret gift giving and assisting the needy, sick and suffering. He was also known as a protector of children.

Santa Claus has been represented in different shapes and sizes, even being seen as an elf at one point! In the 1920s, the Santa as we know him today emerged through the work of many popular artists. Then in the 1930s, Coca Cola started using Santa in their adverts. A jolly, generous, larger than life fellow that everyone loved!
http://www.youngscot.org/info/1970-the- ... -christmas
as I have clicked on this link and CRASHED TWICE Image
as I have clicked on this link and CRASHED TWICE Image
Its an official Government-sponsored website, so the problem may be your end.
Worked for me Scally.
Coca Cola were the ones who portrayed Father Christmas (Santa Clause is German) in a red cloak with white fur trim. Before that he was always in brown and black fur trim.
That's what Coca-Cola claim, Pete, but it's not entirely true. There are pictures of him in green and in red going back to well before they got involved.

http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christma ... cacola.asp
Ah ha! So now we know Charles, but why did the Americans pick up on the German words "Santa Clause" and not use "Father Christmas" as the UK used to do?

Answers on a postcard to Carers UK please. Image
Because Pete, more German speaking people than English speaking people settled in the then Colonies. They held a vote for the national language and only just ended up speaking English. Well, a version of it Image
Thanks Myrtle. Curiouser and curiouser. I'm glad they did end up speaking 'English', even if it is spelt a lot different at times, or The Germans really would have won after all! Image