Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, many of the symbols
and rituals associated with the holiday go back far beyond this important event.
practice of celebrating December 25th as the day of birth of the Christ child
originated with the Roman Catholics. Gradually, many non-Catholic Christians
joined in as well.
is a relatively new celebration, especially in the United States. In wasn't
until the first half of the 19th century that American Sunday schools began to
host Christmas festivities for their students to learn about the birth of Jesus.
In 1836, Alabama was the first state to grant legal recognition to Christmas,
but it wasn't until 1893 that all the states and territories recognized the
Europe had already been celebrating Christmas for some time, the first recorded
sighting of a Christmas tree in America came in 1830's Pennsylvania. It seems a
local church erected the tree as a fundraising effort. At the time, Christmas
trees were generally not thought kindly of, as many people saw them as Pagan
symbols, which is in fact, their origin. By the 1890's however, Christmas
ornaments were being imported from Germany and Christmas trees were in high
is interesting to note that while Europeans generally favored smaller trees of
about three to four feet in height, Americans, as usual, liked to do things big.
Their trees proudly stretched from floor to ceiling.