The History Of Christmas

Jeseah Gonzalez

The holiday 

Christmas is a holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. The day of Christmas is believed to be on December 25th. Billions of people around the world celebrate Christmas in all different type of ways. It is a public holiday in many of the world’s nations, its celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many Non-Christians. 

The Christmas Tree 

A lot of cultures used the tree as a symbol during Christmas time. Historical records say that the Christmas tree tradition was started in the 16th century by Germans who decorated fir trees inside of their homes.  

Santa Claus 

Saint Nicholas or “Santa” made his first appearance in American culture during the late 18th century. In December 1773 and 1774 a New York newspaper reported that groups of Dutch families had gathered to honor the anniversary of his death.  

The name Santa Claus originates from saint nicks Dutch name Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas. Gift-giving, mainly centered around children, has been an important part of the Christmas celebration. Stores began to advertise Christmas shopping in 1820, and by the 1840s, newspapers were creating separate sections for holiday advertisements, which often featured images of the new Santa Claus look. In 1841, thousands of children visited a Philadelphia shop to see a life-size Santa Claus model. It was only a matter of time before stores began to attract children, and their parents, with the lure of a peek at a “live” Santa Claus.