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In the middle of winter has long been a world celebration. Centuries before the arrival of a man named Jesus, the first Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest winter days. Many people rejoiced during the winter solstice when the worst winter was behind them and could enjoy longer days and extended hours of sunlight.
In Scandinavia, the Vikings celebrated Yule from December 21, the winter solstice, until January. In recognition of the return of the sun, fathers and sons brought home large logs that they set on fire. People feasted until the tribe burned out, which could take up to 12 days. The Vikings believed that every spark of fire represents a new pig or calf born next year. The end of December was an ideal time to celebrate in most parts of Europe. Most of the cattle were killed at that time of the year, so there was no need for winter feeding. For many, it was the only year of the year when they had fresh meat. Most of the wine and beer produced during the year was finally fermented and ready to drink. During the German holidays, people in Germany honored the pagan god Oden. The Germans intimidated Oden because they thought he had airborne night flights to watch his people, and then he decided who would prosper or destroy. Because of his presence, many people decided to stay inside.

In Rome, where winters were not as hard as those in the far north, Saturnia was celebrated - a holiday in honor of Saturn, the god of agriculture. From the week that led to the winter solstice and continued for a month, Saturnalia was a hedonistic period when food and drink were plentiful and the usual Roman social order turned upside down. In a month the slaves would become masters. The peasants controlled the city. Business and schools were closed so everyone could have fun.During the winter solstice, the Romans watched Juvenalia, a feast honoring Roman children. In addition, members of the upper classes often celebrated the birthday of Mithra, the god of the incomprehensible sun, on December 25th. It was believed that Mithra, the divine son, was born from a rock. For some Romans, Mithra's birthday was the holiest day of the year. Christmas Is it really the day of Jesus' birth? 
In the early years of Christianity, Easter was a major holiday; Jesus' birth was not celebrated. In the fourth century, church leaders decided to make Jesus' birth a feast. Unfortunately, the Bible does not mention the date of its birth (the fact that the Puritans later pointed out the denial of the legitimacy of the celebration). Although there is some evidence to suggest that his birth might have occurred in the spring (why would shepherds graze in the middle of winter?), The Pope chose Julius I on December 25. It is widely believed that the Church chose this date in an effort to embrace and absorb the traditions of the pagan Saturnalia festival. For the first time known as nativity scene, the custom spread to Egypt until 432 and to England at the end of the sixth century.of the rich and demand their best food and drink. If owners failed to comply, their visitors would most likely terrorize them with mischief. 

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