What Day Does Christmas Fall On? 2015

Here's information about what day Christmas falls on—as well as the history and meaning of Christmas.

Christmas Day 2015

Year Christmas
2014 Thursday, December 25
2015 Friday, December 25
2016 Sunday, December 25

History and Meaning of Christmas Day

Christmas Day is a Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Although the actual date of Christ's birth is unknown, it has been celebrated on December 25 since the 4th century. Christmas is also extensively celebrated by non-Christians as a seasonal holiday, on which popular traditions such as gift-giving, feasting, and caroling take place.

In ancient times, Celts divided the year into four sections marked by quarter days, the days of the two solstices and two equinoxes. The winter solstice, the shortest and darkest day of the year, was the fourth quarter day. It signaled a celebratory time, as the Sun began to reemerge and the land experienced a rebirth. Gradually, to conform more closely to the liturgical year of the Christian church, the fourth quarter day merged easily with the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ. As Christianity began to spread in the 4th century, the Christmas feast day was set on December 25 by Pope Julius I to align with the Roman pagan holiday Dies natalis solis invicti, “the birth of the invincible Sun.” This is why Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December.

Today's rich mosaic of Christmas customs dates back through the ages. Evergreen branches were used to symbolize life in ancient solstice festivals, as they stayed green in winter. This tradition was absorbed by Christians, who interpreted the evergreens as the Paradise tree and began decorating them with apples. The candles and lights associated with Christmas, meant to symbolize guiding beacons for the Christ child, may have evolved from the Yule log, which was lit to entice the Sun to return as part of the jol (Yule) festival in pagan Scandinavia.

Christmas Recipes and Background

Check out some of our favorite holiday dishes on our Christmas recipes page!

Make some easy kids' Christmas cookies with the family.

Then, learn how some Christmas firsts came about and have your Christmas questions answered!

We wish all our readers a very happy and peaceful Christmas!


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Christmas is Pagan 'religion'

Christmas is Pagan 'religion' FAKE/ COUNTERFEIT 'Christianity'..../RomanCatholicism...
The GOD of Heaven/The CREATOR / The ELOHIM Y H V H sends terror against THE CHOSEN PEOPLE / THE ISRAELITES....EPHRAIM. &. MANASSEH,particularly if they fail to obey ELOHIMIC. LAW /Codified by The TEN. COMMANDMENTS & extrapolated by The OLD. & NEW. COVENANTS as per the LUCIAN of ANTIOCH TEXTS A K A THE TEXTUS. RECEPTUS....BUT, NOT. The faked version by Disiderius "ERASMUS" Rotterdamus,....The HOLY. SCRIPTURES were preserved via the Greek Catholic Church Bible which used LUCIAN's Texts

Christmas is not in any way a

Christmas is not in any way a pagan holiday. If Christmas were a Pagan holiday you'd be celebrating it more than anyone else.

That is not accurate. The

That is not accurate. The very definition of pagan is "a person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions." Christmas is defined as "an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ." The timing of the Christmas feast day, however, was set on December 25 by Pope Julius I to align with the Roman pagan holiday Dies natalis solis invicti, "the birth of the invincible Sun." This is in the Almanac.

Merry Christmas to all! That

Merry Christmas to all! That goes for last year,too.

Merry Christmas and happy new

Merry Christmas and happy new year everyone!

I'm from Iran that the people

I'm from Iran that the people don't care to christmas.
but very few of them think about this.
I think becaus we are muslim.
But Christianity is God's Religion.
We have to respect.
But many people do not understand.
Merry Christmas to all

Merry Christmas to you, as

Merry Christmas to you, as well.

love and respect for one and

love and respect for one and another disregarding religion is
caring is good ,religious beliefs are a choice for all .
All religions teach and stand for love peace and for the good of all.

Mostsfa, if the muslim people

Mostsfa, if the muslim people around the world had your belief there could be peace on earth.

The resurection of Jesus

The resurection of Jesus Christ, is the hope of the gospel to be taught through out the world. From life to life everlasting.

Thank you for your beautiful

Thank you for your beautiful post. Yes, Jesus is the joy and hope of all our lives. Merry Christmas!

If we dont know the christ's

If we dont know the christ's birth date, why we we celebrate on December 25th?? Just because it will be a snow day??? Lol, everything is fake ... I dont know if ther is anything real.... I think, only christ can prove it or the real one and only God!!!

I agree with you. I've read

I agree with you. I've read the Bible over and over and it never says Jesus said he wants us to remember his birth, but to remember his crusification on a stake. The reason why he died for us. He. requestwd for us to celebrate his death because he died for our sins. Being Adam was a perfect man who sinned and was deemed to die as all of his offspring. Until another perfect man equal to Adams came in our behalf to redeem our sins. The unselfish Only Begotten son of Our Creator, Jesus Christ.

According to the Catholic

According to the Catholic Church, Jesus may not have actually born on December 25 nor is this proclaimed. We celebrate it on this day.  It's a celebration of the Incarnation, not a memorial of a specific day. One reason December 25 may have been thought fitting is its proximity to the winter solstice. After that date the days start to become longer, and thus it is at the beginning of a season of light entering the world (cf. John 1:5).

Even though it didn't become

Even though it didn't become an official holiday until the 4th century, some Christians were celebrating the nativity on December 25th in the 200s - which is before the Roman holiday of Sol Invictus existed.

They came to the conclusion that he was crucified on March 25 (This is from Tertullian of Carthage, about AD 200). And they believed in a sort of serendipity where great men were thought to be conceived and die on the same day. March 25 is the Annunciation - the day of Jesus' conception. And it is older than Christmas, and nine months before.

Some other church fathers liked to equate John the Baptist's statement, "He [Jesus] must increase and I must decrease," with the light beginning to increase at Jesus' birth and beginning to decrease with John's (which is 6 months before, June 24th).

As for now, few people believe that Jesus was born on December 25. But the natural symbolism of the world's light beginning to increase while "The light shineth in the darkness" and "the true tight was coming into the world"(John chapter 1) is as powerful as ever.

I think the reason that Christmas is such a huge holiday (bigger than Easter) is because of the natural, powerful emotional response people have to this time of year.

The symbolism of the

The symbolism of the Christmas candle varies. For example: It is taken as a symbol of Jesus, the Light of the World. It is also thought to symbolize the star over Bethlehem. In certain countries, such as Ireland and Spain, it was traditional to place candles in the window to guide the Holy Family to shelter.

In medieval Europe, a large candle, called the Christmas candle, was lit and was burned until Twelfth Night; this candle tradition is still used today in certain countries, such as France, Ireland, and Denmark.

Advent wreaths contain four candles, for the four weeks of Advent before Christmas day.

I've always heard of candles

I've always heard of candles symbolizing the comming of Jesus as the Light of the World. However, this mythology parallels many others that talk about the rebirth of the sun. I don't know where they got their info, but I guess that it could be said thata child has to be guided into tje world at birth.

I have never heard of

I have never heard of Christmas candles ever serving as a beacon to guide the Christ-child but rather as a symbol for Christ's coming into the world even as a child. This is a significant theological distinction. Where did you get your information?

I thought the tradition, in

I thought the tradition, in Ireland at least, of a candle in the window to guide the Holy Family was well known. During times of Catholic persecution, the candle also served as a sign to any passing priest that the home was a safe place to say mass. It's not really theology, just a tradition.