One is that God gave his son, Jesus, to the world at Christmas. There is also the story of the Wise Men who came to the baby Jesus with three gifts, gold, frankincense and myrrh. For many centuries it has been the custom for people to give small gifts at Christmas, and also to give generously to the poor and needy to help them through the winter. In English-speaking countries, the traditional dessert is Christmas plum pudding. Nowadays these puddings are often bought from bakers, but many people make their own to a family recipe.
By the Middle Ages, Christianity had, for the most part, replaced pagan religion. On weihnachtsbeleuchtung, believers attended church, then celebrated raucously in a drunken, carnival-like atmosphere similar to today’s Mardi Gras. Each year, a beggar or student would be crowned the “lord of misrule” and eager celebrants played the part of his subjects. The poor would go to the houses of the rich and demand their best food and drink.
First called the Feast of the Nativity, the custom spread to Egypt by 432 and to England by the end of the sixth century. The annual festival celebrated on Dec. 24, Dec. 25, January 7, and Jan 19 depending on denomination, is both a cultural and deeply religious occasion celebrated by billions of people around the world. From the inclusion of the Christmas tree to the annual gift-giving, the feast day that spans through modern history has many traditions, myths, and stories that resonate around the globe.
The tradition came from the Middle Ages when the pudding was used to preserve some of the fruit from the autumn until the mid-winter. A traditional pudding is baked six weeks before Christmas and is left tied up in a cloth or basin with a cloth covering, in a cool place. Stirring the pudding is sometimes a family tradition, with everyone making a wish as they stir.
First, people and religions of the day celebrated some sort of holiday around that time. In most European countries, gifts are exchanged on Christmas Eve, December 24, in keeping with the notion that the baby Jesus was born on the night of the 24th. The morning of December 25, however, has become the time for the exchange of gifts in North America. In 17th- and 18th-century Europe the modest exchange of gifts took place in the early hours of the 25th when the family returned home from the Christmas mass. When the evening of the 24th became the time for the exchange of gifts, the Christmas mass was set into the late afternoon of that day.
Schon Jahrhunderte vor der Ankunft des Mannes, der Jesus genannt wurde, feierten die frühen Europäer das Licht und die Geburt in den dunkelsten Tagen des Winters. Viele Völker freuten sich über die Wintersonnenwende, als sie das Schlimmste des Winters hinter sich hatten und sich auf längere Tage und längere Sonnenstunden freuen konnten. Christen und Nichtchristen nehmen an einigen der beliebtesten Weihnachtsbräuche teil, von denen viele keinen christlichen Ursprung haben.
It is often combined with customs from pre-Christian winter celebrations. Many people decorate their homes, visit family or friends and exchange gifts. In the days or even weeks before Christmas Day, many people decorate their homes and gardens with lights, Christmas trees and much more. People celebrate Christmas in many places around the world. In some places, Christmas is a time of celebration for Christians and non-Christians alike. Christmas traditions are different in different countries.