Christmas History

December 14, 2015 · Posted in Christmas · Comments Off on Christmas History 

354 AD

25 December is made the official birthday of Jesus

11th Century

The word Christmas is first used (previously it was called Yule). However Christmas is just one of many festivals and is not particularly important.

16th Century

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).

17th Century

In Europe Christmas trees are decorated with tinsel

1752

New Years Day is moved from 25 March to 1 January

1800

Christmas trees are first recorded in England

1843

The first Christmas card is designed by John Horsley

1847

Christmas crackers are made for the first time by a confectioner named Tom Smith

1848

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

1860

The ‘bang’ is added to Christmas crackers

1862

Cartoonist Thomas Nast creates our modern image of Santa Claus

1871

Christmas Day is made a bank holiday

1882

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

 

Christmas Past and Present

December 14, 2013 · Posted in Christmas · Comments Off on Christmas Past and Present 

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.