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Virtual Talk - The History of Christmas
Virtual Talk - The History of Christmas

Wed, Dec 08


Virtual Talk - The History of Christmas

Sean Murphy, an Irish Historian, will tell us all about the History of Christmas going back as far as Roman times. Why didn't early Christians celebrate the birth of Christ? Why was Christmas outlawed in Boston in the mid-1600s? Join in and learn about the long history of this worldwide holiday!

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Dec 08, 2021, 7:00 PM

About the Event

The event that is celebrated in Christian parts of the world has a very

interesting history. Early Christians did not celebrate the birth of

Christ. They believed that to do so was a form of pagan idolatry. The

main celebration was at Easter to commemorate the death of Christ.

Roman Christianity eventually became the official religion of the Roman Empire,

in the 4th century. It was then necessary to have a Christian festival at

that time of year to replace the pagan festival. What followed was an

event to celebrate the birth of Christ that included many of the

events associated with the pagan tradition. 

From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was outlawed in

Boston, and law-breakers were fined five shillings for breaking the

law. Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States on

June 26, 1870.

The presentation will also include some information on the

celebration of Christmas in Ireland and will incorporate recorded

music and video to create a holiday friendly atmosphere.

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