In the 4th Century, Emperor Constantine’s converted to Christianity, hence there was an effort made to override the Roman Empire of Pagan feasts and holidays. The feast of the Nativity of Jesus was moved to December 25 to shift the focus of celebration from the birth of the Sun to the birth of the Son, Jesus Christ.
(There were many countries that were not affected by the date change as they did not have Pagan or Roman influence.)
On January 6th the Church also celebrated the Epiphany (which means the revelation that Jesus was God's son) and the Baptism of Jesus. Now Epiphany mainly celebrates the visit of the Wise Men to the baby Jesus. Jesus's Baptism was originally seen as more important than his birth, as this was when he started his ministry.
In Christian belief the birth of Christ should be celebrated everyday. Christ is born every day in the hearts of believers. December 25 and January 6 are just reminders. They are opportunities to focus on faith in the savior Jesus Christ. Christ was born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago, but he continues to be born every time there is prayer. It is at those times that Christ is Born! Celebration of the Birth of Love, the Birth of Light, the Birth of Life, and the Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ!
May your celebrations and beliefs bring you comfort and hope daily. However or whenever you celebrate Christmas may it be a celebration of the love we have for one another.
So cheers to everyone as we raise a cup of organic TARMtea, wishing warm blessings throughout your home and lives.
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