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European Inheritances: Christmas in the Colonies

Penne L. Restad

in Christmas in America

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780195109801
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854073 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109801.003.0001
European Inheritances: Christmas in the Colonies

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Every Christian indeed awaits the celebration of Christmas. For centuries, every believer of the same faith battled the thoughts on why, when, and how to celebrate the coming of Christ. With the diverse cultures bounded by different sets of traditions and beliefs, having a unified way of commemorating Jesus' birth has been a great dilemma. In this chapter, Christmas celebrations in different colonies are discussed starting from the European inheritances where the beginning of the foundation of this special day were brought out on American soil. In this chapter, Christian life prior to the times of recognizing the day of Jesus' birth on the 25th of December is discussed. The chapter includes discussion of a political and spiritual battle between the Christian faith, rising cults, and the pagans, in the Catholic Church's drive and decision to out reign other religions in the celebration and promulgation of the Feast of the Nativity.

Keywords: Feast of the Nativity; Catholic Church; Christmas; Jesus; traditions; 25th of December

Chapter.  5722 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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