History of Christmas
Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The Roman church established December 25th as the birthday of Jesus Christ around A.D. 310. Though questioned for several generations by the Eastern Church, December 25th became universal in the fifth century.
Traditions and Confections at Christmas
Many Christmas customs are based on the story of the birth of Christ. The tradition of giving presents stems from gifts the Three Wise Men brought to the baby Jesus. Singing Christmas carols is reminiscent of the gathering of angels, shepherds, Wise Men and animals that surrounded the baby Jesus. In time, the symbol most closely associated with Christmas today—the Christmas tree—became a holiday tradition. The Christmas tree was first commonly used in Germany to celebrate Christmas, and as the Germans settled in new lands, they brought this tradition with them.
Confections also play a role in modern day celebrations of Christmas. One of the most popular Christmas treats is the candy cane, but people also enjoy stuffing stockings with foil-wrapped chocolates, truffles and more.