At the beginning of my reading this book (which I've wanted to read it for about four years), I was a little bored and a little upset. While this is a pretty good history about the ways Christmas has changed over the years and the origins of it, it failed to give a history of what Jewish people who are converted into Christians say about the history of Jesus' birth, which is how it should have Cited by: 2. Christmas (or Feast of the Nativity) is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the Also called: Noël, Nativity, Xmas. Bordon and Winters's book is a more traditional package, with excerpts from hymns and carols, stories by the likes of William Dean Howells and Pearl S. Buck, and recipes, all keyed to the days leading up to Christmas. In The Feast of Christmas, Kelly (religious studies, John Carroll Univ.;Pages: The Love Feast is also an important part of the practice of Covenant Discipleship groups. Christmas, New Year's Eve or Day, the weekdays of Holy Week, and the Day of Pentecost are also fitting occasions for a Love Feast. A Love Feast may also be held during a congregational supper.
Gradually, early Christians replaced the pagan feast with the celebration of Christmas; but many of the traditions of this observance were assimilated and remain to this day a part of the observance of Christmas. Other nations, the Scandinavians, Germans, French, English and others, have left their mark as well (pp. , ). The religious Christmas has changed over the centuries and, contrary to many critics, is thriving today. This brief, accessible account will explain that: The first Christians did not celebrate Christmas at all. The earliest mention of the feast occurs in the fourth century/5(15). If we have a grand feast to look forward at the end of the twelve days, and some reflection, fun and service in between, Christmas does indeed feel like it is stretched over twelve days. The past few years this has meant we have had a twelfth night feast. It . Get this from a library! The feast of Christmas. [Joseph F Kelly] -- Many Christians struggle to balance the religious and secular elements of Christmas, but the history of the feast shows that this is nothing new. The religious Christmas has changed over the.
The most popular of the Christian festivals, also known as the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas (from "Christ's Mass") celebrates the birth of Jesus of exact date of Jesus' birth is not known, and for more than three centuries it was a movable feast, often celebrated on Epiphany, January Western Church chose to observe it at the end of December, perhaps as a way. Get this from a library! Christmas, the Christians grand feast: its original, growth, and observation, also of Easter, Whitsontide, and other holydayes modestly discussed and determined. Also the beginning of the yeare, and other things observable. Where also among other learned men, you have the judgment of those eminent men ; Josephus Scaliger, Rodulphus Hospinian, Matthæus Beroaldus, Joh. So the real issue is not whether or not Christians should celebrate the biblical feasts, or whether or not we continue celebrating the traditional festivals of Easter and Christmas. The most important issue is that the Son of God came and He made a way for us to have eternal life. In north-west India, the Christians narrate the Christmas story and sing melodious carols in their own dialects. You will come across some areas in south-west India where devotees go on a fast from the 1st December until the midnight mass service on 24th December. - Grand Christmas Celebration.