The History of the Celebration of Christmas in Europe

Catholicism Pure & Simple

When we have the media telling us that Christmas is actually a pagan ceremony – it is really just the Puritan view of Christmas presented in the ‘new Puritan’ way. Below is a summary of Father Weiser’s brief history of the festival of Christmas, as set out in his book, “A Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs” (1) – a discursive study of Christmas from the perspective of 1952.

He noted that, in the Roman Empire it was a general custom to celebrate the birthdays of rulers, with no necessary correlation between the date of the celebration and the date of the actual birth- the birthdate of Plato for example was celebrated on the feast day of the god Apollo.

The early Christians celebrated the birth of Christ, in most cases on the feast of Epiphany (January 6), which is one of the oldest feasts. Father Weiser says: “Soon after…

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