Italian Christmas History

Dec 18, 2019 583

The very roots of our modern Christmas belong in Italy. Christmas, the Feast of the Nativity, was decreed by Emperor Aurelian in A.D. 274 to take place on December 25th of each year.

Although many biblical historians believe the actual birth of Jesus took place some time in the Spring, early Roman Christians felt it was important to create a feast that coincided with the many pagan celebrations taking place in Winter for solstice. The celebration of the birth of the sun soon became the celebration of the birth of the Son.

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