‘Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!’

December 24, 2013 • Local News

Armenian clergymen take part in the Sunday prayer services inside the Grotto, underneath the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (AP Photo)

Christmas traditions may vary around the world, but the message remains the same

Final part on the three- part series about the history of holiday traditions.


Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël!

Wherever you are from and in whichever language you say it, Christmas is still a time most associate with family, tradition and joyous celebration.

For Christians, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, and a reflection on the nativity story — when Mary was visited by an angel, said yes to bearing the Savior and with her husband, Joseph, went to Bethlehem for the census Caesar demanded.

Jesus was then born and places in a manger in the barn with animals as witnesses.

It’s a well-known story, but having an actual date was never made clear. It wasn’t until 350 C.E. that Dec. 25 became the day for Christmas, set by Julius I, bishop of Rome.

Because this date coincided with the Pagan celebrations of the winter solstice, Login to read more

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