Christmas gifts galore

Tanzania
December 20, 2012 3:48pm CST
Christmas has become a holiday that everyone: Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Atheists, Agnostics and other regious persuations celebrate. Next week is Christmas. Have you prepared to celebrate? What exactly do you want to do and why? Can someone please tell me why Christmas is celebrated on 25th December and not some date in, say, October?
2 responses
@petersum (4526)
• United States
21 Dec 12
I don't celebrate Christmas! So "everyone"?! It's a pain to me. Just an excuse to inflate prices and cause disturbances. 25th December certainly isn't Jesus' birthday. It is an old pagan festival taken from early British culture during the Roman period. It actually marks the return of the sun after the winter solstice. It was thought that the sun would leave the Earth forever and this was a celebration that the sun had been pleased enough to come back - as seen by longer hours of daylight. Early Christian priests stole all such pagan days and made them Christian holidays. Even today, Christians, or anyone else, do not agree on the year let alone the day of Christ's birth.
• Tanzania
21 Dec 12
I too dont celebrate Christmas. The timing of 25th December does not make sense to me because during this time, in Israel there is winter, a time when shepherds could not have been out in the cold herding sheep.
@petersum (4526)
• United States
24 Dec 12
Don't really know about Israel, but the winter in Greece isn't that cold! Although right now I wouldn't mind a sheepskin coat. None the less, you made a good point. But I'm not sure that Bethlehem is in Israel! Doesn't matter much because Israel didn't exist at the time of Christ. Lots of things don't make sense!
@liezel25 (292)
• Germany
20 Dec 12
Yes, were prepared to celebrate Christmas soon. Gifts were wrapped, cards were sent and foods will be cooked :) yes, all over the globe is celebrating it. I think they celebrate the Christmas on 25th because its Jesus' birthday.