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Christmas – American holiday

By |2018-04-24T11:05:18+00:00August 14th, 2017|History|

Big Horn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming (1300 AD) Even before 1500 AD, people in North America celebrated a winter religious festival when the days stopped getting shorter and began to get longer again. Many people built stone structures to make it easier to know when the solstice had arrived. When European settlers arrived, they brought with them some new ideas [...]

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 [...]