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Christmas in medieval Europe

By |2018-04-10T22:50:25+00:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|

Nativity mosaic (St. Maria in Trastevere, Rome ca. 1300 AD) Beginning about 300 AD, people began to think that December 25th was the day when Jesus was born. So they celebrated that day as Christmas. Probably this was mainly because there was already an important Roman holiday at this time - Saturnalia. Christian bishops were eager to replace [...]