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Christmas Origin, Definition, History, Facts Britannica Christmas, Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus The English term Christmas mass on Christ s day is of fairly recent origin The earlier term Yule may have derived from the Germanic j l or the Anglo Saxon ge l, which referred to the feast of the winter solstice. What is the origin of Christmas GotQuestions Jan , Answer Christmas is a popular December holiday celebrated by large numbers of people all around the world Christmas or the Mass of Christ has long been known as the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, and the celebration first began to be observed in the early fourth century However, some traditions associated with Christmas actually began as a part of pagan culture these were History of Christmas HISTORY Dec , Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion Popular customs include exchanging Origin Of Christmas AllAboutJesusChrist The origin of Christmas is presented beautifully in the well known biblical account of Luke And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. History and origin of the name Christmas Celebrating The word Christmas has its origin from the old English term Cristes Maesse, meaning Christ s Mass Though the word Christ is commonly used as Jesus name, it is actually a title. Origin of Christmas The history of Christmas and how it The Origin of Christmas Presents In pre Christian Rome, the emperors compelled their most despised citizens to bring offerings and gifts during the Saturnalia in December and Kalends in January Later, this ritual expanded to include gift giving among the general populace. The True Origin of Christmas Origin of the Christmas Tree No article about Christmas is complete without some explanation of the Christmas tree We have touched on it without directly focusing on it The modern Christmas tree originated in Germany But the Germans got it from the Romans, who got it Christmas Christmas tree