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How Is Christ Celebrated

I believe that there is always a "local color" infused into the Christians' Christmas celebration. How is Christ's birth celebrated in your locality?

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pt 8: The Paradise tree became our Christmas tree, and the decorations which were placed on the pyramids were transferred to the Christmas tree. For many Christians the Christmas tree still holds the symbolism of the Paradise tree. The tree reminds us of the tree in Eden by which the first humans were overcome and fell into sin, yet even more, the tree reminds us of the tree by which our sin was overcome, that is the tree upon which Christ Jesus was crucified.
---Eloy on 6/19/08

faulty history books and nonChristian experts cannot be compared to documented historical facts and recorded Biblical truth.
---Eloy on 9/25/07

The birthdate of Jesus was given to Cyril, the bishop of Jerusalem, in the 4th century A.D. from the original taxation records which were kept at Rome. And it has been customary to celebrate his birthday on this same date ever since then. Only the spirit of AntiChrist who is Against Christ refutes celebrating Christ, not only contrary to December 25th, but would also be desirous to refute celebrating his birth at any time. Evergreen depicts everlasting life, even in the dead of winter.

Moderator - The Christian Church in the USA never celebrated His birth until around 1850 because of the pagan influence. Christians never celebrated the birth of Christ. Either the history books and the experts are correct or you have some bad data on the topic.
---Eloy on 9/25/07

pt2: What Jesus will accept daily is sacred service to his father. Sorry to seem like a down person, but it is not directly stated the exact day in the bible, I thank him every day for his ministry & his sacrifice & I remember him on Passover . Why celebrate a birthday first, not even on the real date?, why lie to God & act like it's ok because of some former past churches introducuing the holiday?...
---candice on 3/18/07

moderator, Historically, successive annual celebrations of a person's birth was not a practice, instead the death was annually commemorated. However the first actual birth of a person was celebrated, remember the wise men from the East who brought gifts to baby Jesus? So Jesus' first birthday was celebrated on his birth day, and later in the 4th century in Jerusalem, and later in 1400 A.D. in Europe; and later still at Massachusettes in America in 1621 A.D.
---Eloy on 12/28/05

moderator, part 1: The date of Jesus birth was given to Cyril the bishop of Jerusalem in the mid 4th century A.D., and thus the first Christmas celebration was instituted by Cyril for the Latin, Greek, and Hebrew Christians in Jerusalem at that time. And the first English Bible was published in the late 14th century, in 1380 A.D. by Wyclif, and thus the English Christians would have celebrated Christmas after that.

Moderator - If I understand, you are stating some of the English Christians celebrated in the late 14th century? In the USA, it was in the mid-1800's, but was considered pagan prior. Sounds like we are in agreement that the early Christians didn't celebrate Christ's birth. Bottomline, it was a later practice than the 1st century Christians. I think we are saying the same things just from a different vantage point.
---Eloy on 12/28/05

pt 2: Christmas tree origin: From the 11th century, religious plays called "mystery plays" were popular in Europe. One main play was the "Paradise play", about the story of the first man and woman. It ends with the promise of the coming Savior and His Incarnation (ie: Gen. 3:15). The only prop on stage was the "Paradise tree," a fir tree adorned with apples. From this tree, at the appropriate time in the play, the woman would take the fruit, eat it, and give it to Adam.
---Eloy on 12/28/05

pt 3: Because of inappropriate behavior that crept into the mystery plays, the Church forbade these plays during the 15th century. But the people grew accustomed to the Paradise tree, so that they started putting their own Paradise tree up in their homes on Dec. 24. They did so on Dec. 24 because in the Eastern Church this was the feast day celebrating the first two humans.
---Eloy on 12/28/05

pt 4: The Paradise tree, as it had in the Paradise plays, symbolized both a tree of sin and a tree of life. For this reason, the people decorated these trees with apples (representing the fruit of sin) and homemade wafers (like communion wafers representing the fruit of life). Later, candy and sweets were added.
---Eloy on 12/28/05

pt 5: Another custom was found in the homes of Christians on Dec. 24 since the late Middle Ages. A large candle called the "Christmas light," symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world, was lit on Christmas Eve. In western Germany, many smaller candles were set upon a wooden pyramid and lit. Besides the candles, other objects such as glass balls, tinsel, and the "star of Bethlehem" were placed on its top.
---Eloy on 12/28/05

pt 6: Most probably the first Christmas trees that appeared in Germany in the early 16th century derived from both of these customs: the Paradise tree, and the Christmas pyramids and lights. THE EARLIEST record of an evergreen tree being used and decorated (but without lights) for Christmas is 1521 in the German region of Alsace.
---Eloy on 12/28/05

pt 7: [ref: Elsassische Weihnacht; eds: J. Lefftz and A. Pfleger; publisher: Kolmar, 1941; cited in Weiser, 100.] And according to Weiser, the first mention of lights (candles) on a Christmas tree is in the seventeenth century. [ref: Weiser, 101, citing Elsassische Weihnacht 55.]
---Eloy on 12/28/05

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