25 December is made the official birthday of Jesus
The word Christmas is first used (previously it was called Yule). However Christmas is just one of many festivals and is not particularly important.
In Central Europe Christmas trees are decorated with candles, wax ornaments and gingerbread. In England people eat mince pies at Christmas. (Originally they actually were made with mince).
In Europe Christmas trees are decorated with tinsel
New Years Day is moved from 25 March to 1 January
Christmas trees are first recorded in England
The first Christmas card is designed by John Horsley
Christmas crackers are made for the first time by a confectioner named Tom Smith
Victoria and Albert are shown in a picture in the Illustrated London New with a Christmas tree. As a result Christmas trees become common in England
The ‘bang’ is added to Christmas crackers
Cartoonist Thomas Nast creates our modern image of Santa Claus
Christmas Day is made a bank holiday
Christmas tree lights are invented
Late 19th Century Christmas cake was originally eaten on 6 January but at this time people began to eat it at Christmas
This Christmas of 2013 has already brought snow to many peoples’ homes. And there is this Christmas a shorter time to do our shopping by six fewer days. As we settle into our present day Christmas season, I can’t help but think of Christmas past.
The first recorded celebration of Christmas appears to have been A.D. 336: “25 Dec.: natus Christus in Betleem Judeae.” December 25th, Christ born in Bethlehem, Judea. This day, December 25, 336.
Around the 13th century Christmas carols were introduced into the holiday celebration. And Christmas trees were common in Germany by the 16th century. It was rumored that Luther may have cut the first tree and decked it with candles to represent the stars. When the German court came to England, the Christmas tree came with them.
And not to be forgotten Charles Dickens published his novelette “A Christmas Carol” in 1843.