Is Christmas a Christian Holiday?

I was wondering if Christmas is actually a Christian holiday?
Because I see that every religion celebrates christmas, even my uncle and his family and they are jewish.
It's weird, at first I thought Christmas was a christian holiday only but now I think it is some sort of universal holiday.
So, is Christmas Christian only?

asked by Writer in Holidays | 3179 views | 11-16-2009 at 04:18 AM

Well no exactly.

Christmas customs are an evolution from times long before the Christian period -- a descent from seasonal, pagan, religious, and national practices, hedged about with legend and tradition. Their seasonal connections with the pagan feasts of the winter solstice relate them to ancient times, when many of the earth's inhabitant's were sun worshipers. As the superstitious pagans observed the sun gradually moving south in the heavens and the days growing shorter, they believed the sun was departing never to return. To encourage the sun's return north (i.e., to give the winter sun god strength and to bring him back to life again), the sun gods were worshipped with elaborate rituals and ceremonies, including the building of great bonfires, decorating with great evergreen plants such as holly, ivy, and mistletoe, and making representations of summer birds as house decorations. The winter solstice, then, was the shortest day of the year, when the sun seemingly stood still in the southern sky. Observing the slowdown in the sun's southward movement, and its stop, the heathen believed that their petitions to it had been successful. A time of unrestrained rejoicing broke out, with revelry, drinking, and gluttonous feasts. Then, when the pagans observed the sun moving again northward, and a week later were able to determine that the days were growing longer, a new year was proclaimed.

answered by Paul | 11-16-2009 at 04:20 AM

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