Most of the world celebrates Christmas but that does not mean everyone celebrates it for the same reason. There is Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza, the winter season if full of cultural holidays. The season means something different for everyone who celebrates it. Originally a pagan holiday, Christmas is now widely celebrated as the birth of Christ. The pagans celebrated the winter holiday to worship the sun god. It also concluded the winter festival known as “Saturnalia.”Saturnalia later evolved into the name Santa. Widely known as the well loved- man that gives children their Christmas presents. The Romans celebrated Christmas as well as early as 560 B.C. In ancient Rome the 25th of December was known as “Dies Natali Invictus” or the birthday of the unconquered. It also celebrates the winter solstice and the last day of Saturnalia.
Christians celebrate December 25th by honoring the birth of Jesus Christ. Christ was born at a time when ignorance, superstition, greed, hatred and hypocrisy prevailed on the land. His birth was seen as purity coming to the land and the people. It represented a new and better time was starting among the people.
Non-Christians celebrate December 25th as a reward for good behavior among children. Story goes Santa Claus watches all children all year and decides if the each one was good or bad. Good children get present and bad children receive nothing but a common rock. Adults gather during the holiday to honor family relations and friendships. It celebrates coming together and the coming of a new year.