For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
For Christians, it means the birth of our Lord. For stores, it means up to 40% of their annual income. For people all over the world, it means a time to exchange gifts with loved ones, and to spend time with family.
Christmas is pervasive in American culture: from the iconic Santa Claus to the very real and packed malls. We tend to make this season the most frantic, stressful, and burdensome ritual we go through each year. We all should leave this stress behind, though, and give a moment of reflection to why we do this. What are the origins of the modern Christmas? Let us dive into a historical perspective of Christmas.
Christmas in the religious sense is the Christian celebration of the birth of the Savior, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus is thought to have been born sometime during the early Roman Empire—the year 1, give or take a few dozen years. Christmas is the lesser of the two major Christian annual holidays, the foremost being Easter. Christmas in the secular sense has come to mean much more than this, but they both still share much in common.