History of American Christmas Tradition
Romans celebrated a god of agriculture, Saturnalia, who according to them was born on December 25th. Their celebration was full of overindulgence and doing as they pleased without fear of being punished. Do you know how this week of revelry would end? Let’s just say people did not want to be chosen as the Lord of Misrule’ when this celebration was ongoing. The typical Christmas story that is celebrated in America every holiday season is one that has been around for a long time. When the shepherds were herding their sheep as baby Jesus was born and the tales of how they followed the star to the manger where he lay are part of the age-old stories that have been handed down for generations. The gifts that were brought to present to the new baby are part of the tradition of the Christmas story that you have heard since you were small. Continuing the tradition with your own children and learning how the traditions of Christmas vary depending on what part of the world you live in will be a great learning experience. Where did stockings and receiving gifts and eggnog originate? Of course, there are many traditions that have been celebrated through the years by Christians and many that remain today. Christmas was actually banned in some parts of the U.S. in the 1800s. The History of Christmas will explain many of these traditions and you can find out why we have Christmas trees, candy canes, poinsettias, Santa Claus and more. Find out why we celebrate the way we do and where it all started when you read The History of Christmas, a terrific source of information for those who wonder where it all began.