True History of Christmas

Though there are various explanations about the real History of Christmas, True History of Christmas attempts to explore the actual history behind it.

True History of Christmas is replete with numerous mythical stories. The story of Nativity or the birth of Christ as depicted in the Gospel of Luke is all about the journey of Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus in order to attend the census ordered by the Roman emperor Augustus. They journeyed for 4-5 days and took shelter in a stable, where Mary delivered baby Jesus.

The Gospel of Matthew refers to the story of the Magi or the three wise men that arrived in Bethlehem by observing a specific star in the night sky. This is known as the Star of Bethlehem. Incidentally they entered into King Herod’s palace and enquired about the birth of young Messiah (Savior). The deceitful Herod at once became worried about his being dethroned. He directed the Magi to continue their journey and inform him if they could trace the birth of such young king. The star of Bethlehem directed the Magi to the manger of the baby Jesus. They offered their gifts and paid homage to their Lord. But the Magi didn’t inform Herod as they got a divine warning. An angel told Joseph to flee with his family to Egypt. Meanwhile, Herod ordered that all male children of Bethlehem under the age of 2 be killed.

The actual Christmas History does not mention the exact date of birth of Christ. It may occur between the time of the first appearance of the star and the arrival of Magi in Herod’s court during (6-4BC).

True Christmas History interprets Dec.25 as the Day of Feast. This is because the Roman pagan sun god Mithras’ birthday as well as the date of the Annunciation (March25, AD 29) of Christ fell on this day.

Courtesy: http://www.christmascarnivals.com

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